Have you heard?
Fish is brain food.
Specifically, the long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids in fish help brain function and memory.
But, that’s not all. Omega 3 also helps the cardiovascular system, bone, joint, eye, and nerve health, the immune system, promote healthy pregnancies and healthy babies, and many of the processes our trillions of cells perform every day.
The problem is, most Americans don’t eat much fish.
I love fish. About a third of the time I dine out, I order salmon which happens to be a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids. If I know it’s wild-caught (as opposed to farm-raised), and it comes with skin, I’ll eat the skin where most of the fatty acids reside.
Another source of Omega 3 fatty acid is from Organic, cage-free eggs which I eat probably four times a week.
Yet, I know I don’t get enough Omega 3 from my diet.
Populations who do get a lot of fish – Japanese and Eskimos – generally have very low incidence of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Their diets are naturally rich in long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids.
Why don’t American’s eat enough fish to get enough beneficial Omega 3s?
- Some people just don’t like fish.
- Fresh fish doesn’t last long and can be a challenge to store and cook in time.
- Because fish exist in waters that are often polluted, they may contain substances harmful to our health including heavy metals such as mercury.
- High quality, wild-caught fresh fish can be very expensive.
So, how could we get the benefits long-chain Omega 3 fatty acids provide given these obstacles?
Ask me how I get enough essential fatty acids and how my health has improved since starting my current routine:-)