A-Z: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to several health benefits including lowering blood pressure, lowering triglycerides, and decreasing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (1). 

There are actually two types of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). It is recommended to consume fish twice per week, but there are other foods that contain omega-3 or the precursor to omega-3 including flax seed and chia seed.

Omega-3 fatty acids work, in part, to decrease inflammation and decrease the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol in the blood.

If you’re not a fan of fish, chia seeds can be added to smoothies and milled flax can be added to granola or even some baked goods.

This post only contains general nutrition information and is not meant to provide personalized nutrition recommendations. If you have questions about weight loss or personal nutrition recommendations, please see a registered dietitian or your healthcare provider.

1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Mayo Clinic. 2015.

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