How To Eat Your Omegas
Omega 3s, initially touted as pure “hype, but now added into everything from baby formula to pet food.
With 17 health benefits ranging from fighting inflammation to improving the quality of skin & sleep, Omega 3s have taken market lead in the rapidly growing supplement industry. As the importance of Omega Fatty Acids continues to become more mainstream, the rate of demand (and supply) for EFA supplements grows exponentially— as does the discrepancy of quality.
So how does this highly competitive market produce those essential fatty acids? With Fatty Fish! Fish like Salmon, Mackerel, Herring, and Tuna are the primary sources of Omega 3s— But several of these fish find themselves on another list— the list of fish found to have high levels of mercury. Due to things like heavy metals and other toxins, our marine ecosystem is increasingly troubled, and the global population of fish is depleting. So how can we navigate through this 30 some billion dollar Supplement Sea? It can be easy to drown in but, we’ve got you covered with our top picks of plant-based sources of Omega 3s, and exactly what to look for in the supplement aisle.
Eat your way toward optimal Omega intake! These omega rich foods are easy to add to your plate, bowl, or even your smoothie.
Perilla Oil— popular in Korean cooking & derived from the seed of the perilla plant (native to Southeast Asia) and member of the mint family of species. 1 tablespoon of Perilla Oil has 9,000 mgs of Omega 3 Fatty Acid ALA - which is roughly 650% of daily recommended intake.
Flaxseed—- also known as linseed. Popular superfood, as well as textile material, Flax contain about 6,388 mgs of ALAs per ounce- roughly 450% of daily recommended intake
Hempseed— derived from the hemp plant, these seeds are nutritional powerhouses! A great source of plant protein (their amino acid profile is comparable to that of meat, eggs, milk and soy), these tender hearts provide between 400-500% of daily recommended intake- 6,000 mgs of ALA per once!
Chia Seeds—- a member of the mint family, and maybe also your family- in the form of a pet…. Chia seeds have been reigning high in the superfood world. These Aztec warriors provide 4,915 mgs of ALA in every ounce.
Walnuts—-Used as currency in Ancient China, ground into a cleaning agent by the U.S. Army, and even as hair dye in Medieval Europe! But to top of the list of this tree nuts repertoire are the 2,545 mgs of ALAs found in just 1 ounce!
Brussel Sprouts- whether you love them, or love to hate them, every 1/2 cup of the veggie Mom made you eat came with 135 mgs of ALA.
It’s easy enough to fulfill the daily recommended intake of ALA with just whats on your fork but, there are two other essential Omega 3s! DHA and EPA are more commonly found in those fatty fish —and the supplements made from their oils. Does this mean fish oil or nothing? Holy Mackerel! Fear not, there’s another option- although you may not want this in your smoothie…
Algal Oil, derived from sea algae, is one of the few plant sources of both DHA and EPA. But straight
Algal Oil may be tough to swallow, even in the name of good heath!
LyfeFuel Soothe is an easy way to supplement your Omega intake with 1,000 mgs of DHA/EPA in every capsule. Formulated using sustainable blue green algae, free of common allergens and heavy metals, our Soothe Capsules are an eco-friendly source of those essential Omegas.