You may have heard that you should be taking fish oils to help the body function correctly. Even the American Heart Association will say that we should eat a diet in which fatty fish like salmon, herring, sardines, and tuna are consumed at least twice a week. The problem with this recommendation is that fish is highly contaminated and have high levels of mercury.
We need omegas for better health so what do we do to get them and eat no fish? We can turn to plant oils.
Fatty acids are important for the functions of the body that help our skin, respiratory, circulation, brain, and organs.
There are two essential fatty acids that the body does not produce on its own so we have to get them from our foods. Omega 3 and 6 are are considered essential to remind us to get them from foods. The right foods! Omega 5, 7, and 9 are non-essential because our bodies can produce them. They can produce when we are balanced in the Omegas.
Omega 3 (Alpa-linolenic acid) and 6 (Linolenic acid) help in brain development, the immune system, and regulating blood pressure. Unfortunately in a standard diet most of the oils we consume are processed and coming from sources that are unbalanced. In order for Omega 6 to work properly in the body it is best combined in a 2:1 ratio with Omega 3 but we usually do not eat foods that will provide that ratio. It’s more common to find a 15:1 ratio in the foods that we consume. Omega 6 is pro-inflammatory and Omega 3 is a anti-inflammatory. Some inflammation is essential for our survival. It helps protect our bodies from infection and injury, but it can also cause severe damage and contribute to disease when the inflammatory response is inappropriate or excessive. We normally have too high of a ratio of inflammatory oils instead of foods that reduce inflammation. Diseases and sickness link back to an over inflammed body.
We can get a good balance of Omegas from plant sources. Omega 3s can be found in grains, spirulina, chia seed, hemp seed, pumpkin seed, walnuts, and flax seed. We add flax, chia, and hemp in our smoothies to make it an easy addition to our morning.
I also recommend Juice Plus’s Omega Blend because it provides all the Omegas from plants and in a perfect balance. Email me if you want more information on these plant based omegas.
Eating whole foods such as nuts, grains and leafy green veggies like lettuces, broccoli, and kale can provide a good source of healthy Omega 6.
Omega 5,7, 9 are fatty acids but can be produced by the body when there is enough 3 and 6 in the body. If you do not have enough of Omega 3 and 6, you will have to get 5, 7, and 9 from your diet.
As I have progressed in my years with my autoimmune disease I have come to understand the power of whole foods and reducing inflammation in the body. It’s in simple changes that provide the body what it is lacking that can cause the greatest healing.
If you would like to discuss your current diet, email me to set up a free consultation. We can work together briefly to identify some foods that may be causing your omegas to be out of balance.
Co-Founder, Simply More Plants