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Omega-3 in your diet

June 2nd, 2008 · 8 Comments

There is sufficient evidence these days of the need for Omega-3 in your diet.

“Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids-found in fish oils- seem to increase the number of PARS, which will help reduce your inflammation (my knees). We recommend you get Omega-3s in the form of three to four ounce servings of fish per week or a 2-gram fish oil capsule a day or an ounce of walnuts a day.” (Page 95 YOU on a Diet, by Dr. Oz) The American Heart Association recommends 2 servings of fish per week and according them, 75% of Americans do not consume the recommended amounts in their diet. Omega-3’s have also been known to improve circulation, learning and concentration as well as promote healthy joints and skin. Foods found with Omega-3’s include olive oil, canola oil, fish oils, flaxseeds, avocados, and walnuts. Depending on your eating habits, you may or may not need a Omega-3 supplement. We eat olive oil everyday, walnuts in our oatmeal and fish fairly regularly. However, if these items are not in your weekly lineup, then a supplement could be an option for you.

Recently, I had the opportunity to try the GO3 Original Omega-3 which is endorsed by David Beckham. We also got to try the junior version GO3 which are chewable gelatin tablets flavored with strawberries. The Omega-3 concentrate comes from anchovy, sardine and mackeral. In addition, there are Vitamins A,D, E incorporated in the formula. My son is four and he tried it once and spit it right out. Couldn’t stand it. He will take it if I squirt the liquid in his mouth- but won’t eat the vegetarian capsule. I’d say on average he eats 3 bites of fish on fish night and doesn’t eat walnuts- so he for sure needs a supplement.

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As far as supplements go, I do not know how to determine a good supplement from a not so good one. If you can’t get the required amounts through your diet, then a supplement should be considered.  Readers, please feel free to offer up your advice on this subject, as I do not feel qualified to form an opinion on the subject.

Omega 3 Resources:

Susan Allport, author of the Queen of Fats

You: On A Diet: The Owner’s Manual for Waist Management

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  • 1 Omega-3 in your diet | Best Diets, Diet Pills and Weight Loss Tips // Jun 2, 2008 at 5:36 am

    [...] abramovitch wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerpt(Page 95 YOU on a Diet, by Dr. Oz) The American Heart Association recommends 2 servings of fish per week and according them, 75% of Americans do not consume the recommended amounts in their diet. Omega-3’s have also been known to … [...]

  • 2 MizFit // Jun 2, 2008 at 11:31 am

    You know you are getting an AMEN, SISTER!! up in herre.

    All I have to add is that in my research I’ve found pediatricians are *quite* nervous about O3 & O6 supplementations which I’m assuming/was implied that it’s because we’ve no data yet to back up what it does.

    That said, one or two did concede that if your child isn’t partaking of ANY foods where these are found (*MizFit waves her Toddler’s hand*) then supplementation of HALF of what is recommended might (see the caution? ;) ) be necessary and to watch the child.
    As soon as s/he’s eating foods which contain the fatty acids to STOP.

    For what THAT’S worth anyway…the doctor .02 I mean.
    Great post!

  • 3 Learn Health Today » Omega-3 in yourdiet // Jun 2, 2008 at 11:58 am

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  • 4 susan allport // Jun 2, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Thought you’d be interested in this short omega-3 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIgNpsbvcVM

  • 5 Health Bread » Omega-3 in yourdiet // Jun 2, 2008 at 12:41 pm

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  • 6 Lois Smithers // Jun 5, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    This looks like a good product. Two capsules provide a total of one gram of EPA and DHA daily. AHA recommends one gram daily to maintain good health and up to 3 grams daily for heart concerns.

    Lois Smithers

  • 7 Mike // Jun 6, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    To get the full benefit of increased amounts of omega-3s in your diet, you should also decrease your omega-6 consumption.

    A great plant source of omega-3 is flax — and it has both fiber and lignans as well.

  • 8 Emma Cruze // Jun 23, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    The American Heart Association recommends that you eat fatty fish at least twice a week. The best way to get the required dose of omega 3 in your diet is through natural food sources. Fatty fish is best. If you’d like to supplement, look for a supplement derived from actual fish fat and not from synthetic sources. The label should say where the fish came from. Fish caught wild in Alaskan or Antarctic waters are more free from impurities than other fish. The fish oil should be of pharmaceutical grade which means it is free from any impurities. Look for a product which is GMP certified. Triple Strength Omega is good. http://www.newvitality.com/shop/triple-strength-omega-3.aspx

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