Tuesday, July 8, 2008

0 Health Benefits of Omega Oils

Why is it so important to include Omega 3 and 6 into our diets?

It is important to know the health benefits of omega 3 and 6 as more and more people in the western world are becoming deficient in these essential fatty acids (EFA's).

Picture of flax seeds or golden linseed's rich in omega 3.

The human brain is 60 per cent fat, if the water was removed. Therefore it is vital that we feed our brains with the correct fats. Omega 3 and Omega 6 are both essential fatty acids, these oils are known to help prevent depression, cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, fatigue, brittle hair and nails, mental health problems, dry and itchy skin, pains in the joints and obsessive compulsive disorder to name a few.

Picture of Salmon fish rich in omega 3.

It is also important to know that the ratio of omega 3 to omega six is very low, in others words peoples intake of omega 6 far out weighs their intake of omega 3 so it is very important to include omega 3 in your diet.

Picture of Eggs rich in omega 3.

The positive effects of including Omega oils in your diet are huge. These EFA's are anti inflammatory, help nerve transmission, hormone production, helps the kidneys, blood pressure, blood clotting, helps the gastrointestinal tract as well as cancer prevention it lowers cholesterol and helps maintain a healthy heart.

Picture of Sunflower seeds rich in omega 6.

Foods that contain Omega 3

Flax Seeds (linseed)
Pumpkin Seeds
Hemp Seeds
Leafy Green Vegetables

Foods that contain Omega 6

Sesame Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Wheat germ
Soya Beans

Picture of Walnuts rich in omega 3.

Picture of Pumpkin seeds rich in both omega 3 and 6.

Pictures of flax seeds and salmon fish both excellent sources of omega 3 essential fatty acid.

Omega oils are best consumed by eating foods that are rich in Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's).

Try sprinkling flax seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds and sunflower seeds on top of yogurt,cereal or salads.

You can also grind flax seeds into a powder and use as a flax powder or take straight off the spoon as a supplement.

Take a tin of sardines and blend into a paste for a fish spread sandwich with salad, you will not need to buy jarred pastes again.

See my easy shallow fried salmon recipe or my quick salmon salad recipe or easy salmon pasta recipe

Keep logging onto Jeenaskitchen.blogspot.com to see lots more healthy recipe using omega 3 and 6.

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