Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Friday, September 12, 2014

When it comes to fat, theres one type that you dont want to cut back onomega 3 fatty acids. Dr. Edward Hill explains why these are important in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that contain a double bond at the third carbon. Omega 3s are a healthy source of fat for your body. Because they are not made in the body, you need to get them from your diet.

Omega 3s can decrease your blood triglyceride level, which is the fat that circulates in your blood. High blood triglyceride levels can put you at risk for heart disease.

Omega 3s can also help with joint pain, stiffness, depression, brain and visual development, and possibly other diseases like Alzheimers disease and possibly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. These fatty acids also help absorb fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, K, E and D.

When possible, try to get omega 3 fatty acids from foods rather than supplements. Aim to eat fish with omega 3 fatty acids two to three times a week.

Omega 3 fatty acids can also be found in flaxseed, walnuts, shrimp, brussel sprouts, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries and raspberries.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.