Thursday, November 20, 2014

Omega-3 fats

New evidence shows that omega-3 fats decrease risk for cardiovascular disease....and this goes for those found in plants as well as those found in fish.
Fish eat the microalgae, which is rich in omega-3, and that is why their flesh contains the omega-3 fats. Cut out the middle man and attain your omega-3 fats from plant sources. Avoiding fish and fish oil pills will help reduce your intake of toxins such as mercury, lead, DDT, dioxin, PCBs, other industrial pollutants, and even possibly radioactive compounds.
ALA (alpha linolenic acid, found in plants) converts in your body to EPA and DHA, the longer chain omega-3 fats essential in the body for the brain, nervous system, and cell membranes.
To improve conversion of ALA---EPA---DHA, recommended intake of ALA is double the RDA and is 3.2 grams per day for men and 2.2 grams per day for women. Or consider a direct supplement of EPA and DHA of 200-300 milligrams 3 times a week. These are recommendations based on fatty acid expert Brenda Davis, RD.
Food sources rich in ALA include chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, leafy green vegetables, and soybeans and soy products (tofu, tempeh, soy milk).
*Further Resources:
---Original article "The Evidence for α-Linolenic Acid and Cardiovascular Disease Benefits: Comparisons with Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid":
---ScienceDaily's Nothing fishy about health benefits of plant-based omega-3 fatty acid:
---Omega-3 Fats:
---Why I Recommend Avoiding Fish:'s Plant-Based Omega-3 Supplements:
--- Ovega-3 vegan microalgae supplements: