Which foods contain Omega-3 fatty acids?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Which foods contain omega-3 fatty acids? Some of the foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids are mackerel, salmon, sardines, walnuts, soybeans, chia seeds, etc. If you have a diet that consists of fish, seeds, nuts it will help you get a lot of Omega-3 fatty acids in your body.

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The Top Foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids

  • Mackerel is a small fatty fish, and a 3.5-ounce fish contains 4,580 mg of EPA and DHA combined.
  • Salmon is a high-quality protein that contains Vitamin D, selenium, and B vitamins. Research studies show that salmon can reduce the risk of heart disease, dementia, and depression.
  • Herring is a medium oily fish, and a 3.5-ounce fish contains 2,150 mg of EPA and DHA combined. It contains selenium and Vitamin B-12.
  • Sardines is a small oily fish which contains Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and selenium. It contains 1,463 mg EPA and DHA combined.
  • Flaxseed contains fiber, magnesium, and other nutrients. Flaxseed is used typically as an Omega 3 supplement. It contains 2,350 mg of ALA per tablespoon- (Alpha-linolenic Acid ala).
  • Chia Seeds contains magnesium, manganese, selenium, and other nutrients. One ounce contains 5 grams of protein, and it contains all the eight essential amino acids. One ounce of chia seeds contains 5,050 mg of ALA- (Alpha-linolenic Acid).
  • Soybeans has a good source of fiber, and it contains riboflavin, folate, Vitamin K, magnesium, and potassium. ½ cup of dry roasted soybeans contains 670 mg of ALA per serving.
  • Walnuts has fiber and it contains copper, magnesium, and Vitamin E. One ounce of walnuts contains 2,570 mg of ALA per serving.
  • Oysters contains zinc, copper, and Vitamin B-12. 3.5 ounces of oysters contains 329 mg of EPA and DHA combined.
  • Anchovies is a small oily fish that can be bought either canned or dried. It also contains niacin and selenium. One serving of anchovies contains 411 mg of EPA and DHA.
  • Cod Liver Oil is more of a supplement than food that can be taken to give you your proper amounts of omega-3 fat. It contains Vitamin D and Vitamin A. One tablespoon of cod liver oil contains 2,483 mg of EPA and DHA.

The main benefit of Omega 3’s is its ability to reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease.

The Bottom Line is you can consume Omega 3 fatty acids from foods such as fish, seeds, nuts. Or you can get it through basic omega-3 supplements if needed. It provides a lot of great health benefits such as reducing inflammation in the body and reducing the risk of heart disease.

“The main benefit of Omega 3’s is its ability to reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease.” Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert Obi Obadike

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