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What is Omega 3 and Where Do I Get It From?

Posted on 30 April 2015

What exactly are omega-3 fatty acids?

Generally Omega -3 is made of 3 acids:

  • alpha-linolenic acid
  • eicosapentaenoic acid
  • docosahexaenoic acid

These are critical for our bodies to delay or reduce tumor growth, especially in the prostate and breast tissue.  We do not self-produce Omega-3 so we must get it elsewhere, from food and supplements. Primarily we get it from seafood such as cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, herring, halibut, stripped bass, tuna, and lake trout which should comprise 3 to 4 servings a week.  Also it can be derived from flax seed oil and beans such as kidney, great northern, navy, and soybeans

Please note the warnings below:

"The American Cancer Society recommends avoiding omega-3 fatty acid supplements in the following situations:

  • if you take anticoagulant medications or aspirin, as omega-3 fatty acid supplements may increase the risk of excessive bleeding
  • if you have elevated cholesterol levels, as omega-3 fatty acid supplements may continue to increase your cholesterol levels
  • if you are pregnant or breastfeeding (Women should talk to their physicians before taking omega-3 supplements or any dietary supplements.)
  • if you are menstruating, as omega-3 fatty acid supplements may increase the tendency of developing anemia"

Make sure, especially if you a vegan to get enough fatty acids such as Omega - 3 to maintain a proper immune system and fight off disease.

 

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