Web MD states; "Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of three fats: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
Once eaten, the body turns ALA into DHA and EPA, though not very efficiently -- some estimates say the conversion is as low as 5%. Thus, many dietitians recommend we focus most of our efforts on consuming DHA and EPA fatty acids.
While there's no standard recommendation yet for how many omega-3s we need, suggestions range between 500 to 1,000 mg daily. You can find over 500 mg in a tin of tuna or a few ounces of salmon."
This is not new information we all know that Sea-Food is an important source of this important nutrient, however with the seas becoming tainted, certain fish being over-harvested, cost and farmed fish a less than desirable option we've started looking to other options for putting Omega-3's in our diet.
Here's some ideas:
- Dairy foods - Particularly if they are Grass-Fed
- Eggs, especially if their feed is fortified with flax seed
2. Nuts, Seeds and Grains
- Sprouted Radish Seeds
3. Leafy Greens
- Brussel Sprouts
- Grape Leaves
- Cod Liver
- Flax Seed
5. Herbs & Spices
- Basil (make pesto)
6. Grass-Fed Meats
- While meat is generally higher in omega 6 fatty acids than omega 3s, there has been some suggestion that grass fed cattle meat has a higher ratio of omega 3s, making it a healthier option in terms of fat content. It may also be the case that products produced from grass fed cows, such as milk and cheese may have higher omega 3s.