Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Why Omega-3s Are Good for You

By Mehmet C. Oz, MD, and Michael F. Roizen, MD
If you could get 11 disease-fighting, health-boosting benefits from one delicious-tasting food, you'd put it on your weekly grocery list, right? Here's the edible we mean: fresh fish.
About three 3 oz. servings a week of omega-3-rich salmon or trout should do the trick. Omega-3 fatty acids in fish help prevent clogged arteries and heart disease, and drop the risk for dementia and even some cancers. Try this recipe for Garlic-Roasted Salmon & Brussels Sprouts from EatingWell.
There's more. Omega-3s can also do the following:
Not a fan of fish? Opt for omega-3-rich avocados and walnuts, or take 900 milligrams of an omega-3 supplement (more on that later). Discover why fish oil beats flaxseed when it comes to omega-3s.
Try this Strawberry, Melon & Avocado Salad from EatingWell.
A Better Supplement Option
Speaking of supplements, we choose algae-based omega-3 supplements. (If you get them in 300 mg capsules, you'll take three a day.) We like them because they avoid the potential toxins, such as mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls, that can be found in fish-derived oils. They also deliver plenty of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) -- one form of omega-3 that readily converts into the other: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Improve your colon health with this oil that's high in omega-3s.
There's nothing fishy here. It's plain and simple: Get your DHA omega-3s! Find out how omega-3s protect your brain.

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