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Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Health and Nutrition News

Omega-3 Supplement Refresher

Dr. Agatston frequently stresses the importance of getting enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. But why are omega-3s so important, and what is the best way to get them?

Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that must be obtained through diet or supplements. The human body does not possess the ability to make them. Scientists have found numerous health benefits for omega-3s: Adequate consumption can lower cholesterol, reduce blood pressure, improve insulin sensitivity, reduce inflammation, and even aid in the prevention of cancer. The list continues to grow as research uncovers more and more benefits.

There are three types of omega-3s, each with their own importance. Two kinds, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), are found mainly in cold-water fish such as tuna and salmon. EPA and DHA are especially successful at reducing inflammation. The third kind, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is found in plant sources such as flaxseed, canola oil, and dark, leafy greens. ALA is extremely effective at reducing cholesterol.

The best and most natural way to increase your intake of omega-3s is to eat more fish and leafy greens, and to add flaxseed and canola oil to your diet. If your diet does not contain enough omega-3s, Dr. Agatston recommends supplementing with a daily fish oil capsule containing 2 to 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids.

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