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Initially O was for just Organic Foods, however after attending an interesting session by California Walnuts Commission on the requirement of Omega-3 Fatty acids for a healthy body and a sound mind, I thought of dedicating this post to Omega Fatty acids. Yes, it is a food blog, yes, Omega Fatty acids too scientific for a food blog, but as a food blogger I feel it is my responsibility to keep my readers informed about anything and everything related to food – whether it is about the nutrient value or a composition of food.

So I was talking about Omega Fatty acids and the most common one every one of us has heard about is Omega-3 fatty acids. We have heard about it, we have seen adverts talking about this fatty acid. So what is it? What are its sources and how is it beneficial for our overall health?

Omega – 3 Fatty acids

Omega – 3 Fatty acids also known as ω-3 fatty acids or n-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) with double bonds between the carbon atoms that are third and second from the end of the hydrocarbon chain.

Sources of Omega -3 Fatty acids

Some of the top sources of Omega-3 Fatty acids are fishes (all types), soya been, flaxseed, enriched eggs and walnuts. Walnuts are one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 deficiency can result in high Cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoporosis among other diseases. So start including Omega -3 fatty acids in your diet for a healthy heart and mind!

Some useful links

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega3-fatty-acids

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/omega-3-foods

http://igennus.com/nutrition/omega-3-science/omega-3-deficiences/

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