Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat. They are essential nutrients for the health of our mind and body. We need omega-3 fatty acids for basic body functions such as blood clotting and building cell membranes in our brain. According to the American Heart Association, omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids may also help lower blood cholesterol levels and protect us from heart disease, as well as help reduce the symptoms of arthritis, joint problems, and some skin diseases.
Since our bodies cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids, we must get them through the consumption of foods. There are two types of omega-3 fatty acids. The first type, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), can be found in plant-based foods. The second type, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), can be found in fatty fish. We recommend a combination of ALA and EPA and DHA for a balanced body. The following foods contain the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Add at least one food rich in omega-3 fatty acids to your diet every day for an optimally healthy mind and body.