Omega- What To Know:
Omega 3 Fatty Acids are essential for brain development and function. We call them “omegas” for short. They are “essential”, not only because they are NEEDED for this important organ, but because we can’t produce them! Therefore, we have to eat them on a regular basis!
Not only are they helpful for neurological health, they are important for our cardiovascular health as well. With this nutrient being vital for our brains and hearts, doesn’t it sound like something you should be sure you are supplying your body with?
Omega 3 Fatty Acids And ADHD/ADD:
Omegas are not just important for adults! They are also a vital nutrient for our growing, developing children; maybe even more so! As many as 1 in 6 children today are diagnosed with either ADHD or a sensory processing disorder, or both.
ONE of the factors in this issue is the typical American diet, which is not plentiful in omega 3 fatty acids. Nearly all of those diagnosed with ADD or ADHD have extremely high omega 6:3 ratios – typically as high as 60:1 or higher. The IDEAL ratio is 2:1 or 1:1. That’s quite a difference!
What Does A Deficiency Look Like?
There are additional risks besides an increased likelihood of ADD or ADHD from a deficiency of omegas. When you don’t get enough omega 3s, and add to that getting too many omega 6s (from processed foods, for example), these are some of the things that can happen:
- Increased risk of heart disease and cholesterol issues
- Digestive trouble
- Joint or muscle pain
- Poor brain development or function
- Cognitive decline
- Mental disorders
Great Sources Of Omega 3 Fats From Food:
- Chia seeds
- Flax – sprouted, in oil form, or flax seed! But if you use seed as your source, be sure to purchase it ground, or grind it yourself – our bodies are unable to process it in its whole form
- Albacore tuna
- Hemp Seeds
- Eggs (As long as you eat the YOLK, not just the white!)
You might notice quite a few items on the list are fish! That’s because many deep sea fish contain high amounts of this fatty acid and are an easy way to boost your intake. But that doesn’t mean fish are the ONLY source. Keep your diet varied, and try something new off this list this week!
Omegas are far superior when you can incorporate them into your diet through foods. We always recommend getting your nutrients like omega fatty acids from great food sources. Here’s a challenge for you: Can you eat something off the list above EVERYDAY?
However, sometimes we still need more! That’s because the standard American diet makes it hard to get the amount our bodies require (at least 1,000mg a day)! So when diet isn’t enough, we recommend supplementation. This can be true especially during a time of high need such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, or healing from a health concern or injury. If you need help figuring out supplementation options, let us know!
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