I know I’m always raving about this herb or that antioxidant, and trust me—the people in my circles who unwaveringly believe in modern medicine give me a very hard time, demanding a double-blind study before daring to trust that some measly little plant will have any impact on their physical wellbeing. But, I think the one thing we all can agree upon is the value of omegas; most doctors, alternative or traditional, will recommend omega-3 supplementation if you don’t eat enough omega-rich fish, which has been found to support heart health and cognitive function, among other benefits. But there are actually three other kinds of of omegas we should be getting more of, according to my favorite TV health talk show—and most of us probably don’t know much about them (me included!).
This is the omega everyone knows about—it’s why you might be eating salmon for dinner once a week or so, and why spooning flaxseed into your oatmeal or smoothie might have recently become a new daily habit. Omega-3 is so widely recognized because has been found to have a positive impact on joint comfort and flexibility, heart health, cognitive function and even mood.* If you’re not a fan of fish or flaxseed, try adding walnuts or avocado to your diet, or take a supplement.
The Other Omegas
The other omegas we might want to add to our diet are omega 5, omega 7 and omega 9, all of which have been found to have a positive impact on various aspects of our health—including inflammatory response and heart support.* The foods to find these in include macadamia nuts, anchovies and extra-virgin olive oil, or you can up your intake with a multi-omega supplement.
Novel idea—whaddya say we get all of the supplement non-believers and the vitamin-lovers like me together for one big friendly dinner? On the menu: walnut-encrusted wild-caught salmon sautéed in olive oil, of course…
How do you get in your omegas? Tweet me at @AnitasJourney or comment below!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.