About Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements

About Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplements

The latest studies have shown us that omega-3 fatty acids may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of many health conditions, including diabetes and the issues frequently associated with diabetes, like high cholesterol, high triglycerides, heart disease, depression and obesity. The anti-inflammatory and lubricating properties of fish oil in particular have a number of ophthalmologists prescribing these supplements to their patients to help prevent eye diseases.

Getting the optimal dietary blend of omega-3 fatty acids can be a very positive step toward a healthier life.

The three most nutritionally important omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

We typically get adequate, even excessive amounts, of DHA in our diets - an excess which is actually known to cause inflammation. EPA has been identified as a beneficial nutrient that has become deficient in the American diet since the advent of industrialization.

Some people take a fish oil supplement on a daily basis. Consider looking for a fish oil product that has at least 600mg of EPA per softgel. This enables you to focus on EPA, the component that is likely deficient in your diet. Some products have huge amounts of DHA and this is not what you're looking for since we tend to get plenty of this particular fatty acid.

Want the anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant effects of EPA? Take one 4,000mg dose of EPA daily. Studies have shown an intake of as much as 2 grams of alpha linolenic acid per day can be positive for a number of health conditions.

Your body can covert alpha-linolenic acid into EPA and DHA. Dietary sources of alpha-linolenic acid include flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, canola (grapeseed) oil, soybeans and soybean oil, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil, perilla seed oil, tofu, walnuts and walnut oil, as well as red meat and dairy products, though these have other adverse effects on health.

You might be wondering if you can add alpha linolenic acid and EPA-containing foods and supplements into your Blasts. Not only are you able to do this, but it's actually a great way of adding these nutrients into your daily diet. Just remember to ALWAYS discuss with your physician before adding any supplement to your regimen. An excess of EPA can lead to health complications in some individuals, so it is important to ensure you have considered all the interactions with your medications and supplements. Your physician and/or pharmacist will be best equipped to assist with this.

A few sources of omega 3 fatty acids include

  • 1 Tbsp of Flaxseed Oil - 7196 g
  • 1 Tbsp of Flaxseed - 2338 g
  • 1 Tbsp Salmon oil - 4767 g
  • 1 ounce of Chia seed - 4915 g
  • 1 ounce (14) Walnut Halves - 2565 g
  • 3oz Canned Sardine in oil - 1242 g

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Good luck and enjoy your Blast today! Here is to great blood glucose values and feeling fantastic!

Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator


Comments
Comment by yogagirl
January 02, 2014
Question , should I still take my multivitamin and omega also I was wondering if I should continue with probiotics? Just wondering because im adding the Super food boost powder a least 1 × per day in my morning blast ? Thanks ! Happy New year
We recommend that any prescribed vitamins, minerals or supplements only be taken as directed by your physician. Incorporating NutriBlasts into an overall healthy diet provides a large quantity of natural vitamins and minerals (along with phytochemicals and other antioxidants) which may eliminate or reduce the need for additional amounts. Additionally, since some vitamins, minerals or supplements may bind with others, they are not recommended to be taken together (for example, supplements like calcium - the calcium binds iron in items like Spinach, Parsley and Swiss Chard to prevent absorption - so it would not be wise to add a calcium supplement to your NutriBlast). We do not recommend adding hard pills to the NutriBullet since the hardness may result in damage to the blade, however if approved by your physician, you may open vitamin, mineral or supplement capsules and sprinkle the contents into your NutriBlast.
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