Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) have been a hot health topic for some time. The latest focus has been on the great benefits of Omega-3 as well as the detriment of consuming too much Omega-6s. While Omega-3 is nature’s brain food, it is also essential for blood flow, maintaining healthy cholesterol and building a strong immune system. Omega-6, while essential for body function as well in small amounts, large amounts cause thickening of the blood and have been linked with inflammation, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more.
Avoid Fish Oil and Supplements:
In the early days of Omega-3 studies, fish oil was found to have large amounts of it, and thus was born the billion-dollar fish oil supplement industry. While still thriving today, modern research has shown that fish oil contains far worse things for your body including mercury, chlorodone and alarming amounts of toxic PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl compounds).
Not only that, but it is also now known that isolated derivatives of Omega-3 (the component of Omega-3 in supplements) are of little use to the body. In order to truly benefit from Omega-3 your body has to receive it in its complete originating form – whole food.
So the big question now is… where can you get good Omega-3s?
Here are some fantastic sources of Omega-3 (with limited Omega-6) for your green smoothies and beyond: