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More on Omega-3s

You all know that I am into omega-3 fatty acids. I gave you a list of the best fish to eat that are high in omega-3s and low in mercury and other environmental contaminants. I followed up with a list of non-fishy sources that are high in this essential nutrient.

Believe it or not, I have more to say on this subject. While this may seem obvious, it wasn't to me: plant based omega-3s and animal based omega-3s are different. Yep, they are similar enough to have the same name, but on a molecular level they contain different amounts of carbon. This means our bodies process them differently.

Plant based omega-3s are known as ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), while EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are found in fish and meat (lamb is relatively high in omega-3s). Most importantly, the studies on the benefits of this fatty acid have been performed on EPA and DHA, the omega-3s found in meat. While the human body can convert ALA into DHA and EPA it does so quite slowly.

Well, I for one am going to try to work more of those fatty fish into my diet. How about you?

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 9 years
FISH IS AMAZING! The fish I steer clear of though are swordfish, tuna & shark because of their mercury (and FARMED SALMON- because farmed is NO GOOD) but EVERY OTHER FISH is EATTEN BY ME and I LOVE EM ALL! You name em, I love em!
theworldloves theworldloves 10 years
I choose fish over chicken, beef, pork, etc. Plus it's UBER yummy!!! Gotta love the seafood : D
Fitness Fitness 10 years
Too right cams on the omega-6's, but most Americans get more than enough omega-6's since those fats are more prevalent in our diet.
cams cams 10 years
You have to remember to balance your Omega 3s with Omega 6: Both are essential fatty acids! Because as much as it would suck to get a blood clot, I'm sure hemorrhaging and bleeding out would be no fun either.
doubleuendy doubleuendy 10 years
i like fish but i just dont eat it often. when we make food or go out, my first reaction is never FISH! but it does have its good things so maybe i should try to eat some more...
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