I’ve been hearing people talk about omega fatty acids. Asking things like; “are you getting enough?” and “how important they are for our health”. I didn’t really know what they were, or how they helped us. A little bit of searching lead me to learn that we can not produce omega on our own, so we must get them from the diet. This is the importance of omegas, they are needed for optimal function of the human body, and we don’t produce them, so we must eat them.
The Importance of Omegas
Common foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish, fish oils, flax seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed oil and walnuts. If you don’t eat these foods it’s best to supplement.
What Does “Omega-3” Mean?
The “omega” naming convention has to do with the placement of the double bonds on the fatty acid chain.
Each fatty acid has a long chain of carbon atoms, with one carboxylic acid end (called alpha) and one methyl end (called omega).
Here’s a great video explaining more.
Do you eat or supplement your omegas?