Health Tip: Get More Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Health Tip: Get More Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3s are a helpful and important form of fat, one that your body needs but can’t make. Although your body needs two forms of omega fatty acids, omega-3 and omega-6, it is the omega-3s that get high marks from researchers. They believe that omega-3s help prevent heart disease in healthy people and slow progress of the disease in those who already have it.

Here’s how experts believe consuming omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk for heart disease

  • Lowers the risk for arrhythmia, an abnormal heart rhythm, which can lead to sudden cardiac death
  • Lowers triglyceride levels
  • Lowers the growth rate of plaque that clogs blood vessels
  • Lowers blood pressure slightly
  • Helps prevent inflammation of the blood vessels and formation of blood clots

High omega-3 foods to add to your shopping cart

  • Oils from soybeans, flaxseed and canola
  • Walnuts or walnut oil
  • Fatty fish, including salmon, mackerel, lake trout, sardines and albacore tuna (fresh or choose varieties packed in water)
  • Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, parsley, watercress
  • Eggs labeled as containing omega-3 fatty acids

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