Omega 3 fatty acids have gotten a lot of attention lately for their health benefits, and for good reason. These polyunsaturated fatty acids have been linked to decreased levels of inflammation, risk for cardiovascular disease, and even memory loss. The standard American diet is, for the most part, very deficient in Omega 3’s, so by increasing your intake, preferably through food sources, you can drastically improve your overall health. Although this nutrition topic is very complex and expanding constantly, the main thing we know is that increasing your consumption of the following foods, will increase your body’s Omega 3 supply, and in turn improve your health and well-being:

Fatty Fish: Albacore tuna, mackerel, anchovies, and fresh caught salmon are the best sources of Omega 3’s. These fish eat the less soluble form of Omega 3’s (ALA) through seaweed and convert it to the most beneficial form for our bodies (EPA and DHA). If you are on any type of diet that allows the consumption of fish or fish products, eating these types, or supplementing with a 1000-1500 mg daily dose of fish oil, would be an excellent step in improving your health.

Almonds: On top of being an excellent source of antioxidants, protein, and beneficial vitamins and minerals, almonds are an excellent source of plant-based Omega 3’s.

Flax Seed: These fiber- and omega 3-packed seeds can be an easy addition to your diet, by sprinkling them on oatmeal, cereals, salads, and smoothies. However, make sure to grind or buy already ground seed so your body can fully absorb the amazing nutrients flax has to offer.

Chia Seed: These may be one of the smallest but most nutritious foods in the world. Chia seeds contain 10 grams of fiber in just 2 tablespoons, and are en excellent source of iron, calcium, magnesium, and of course Omega 3 fatty acids.

Omega 3’s are loaded in each serving of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters!  That is one reason we pack nutrient dense chia seeds into every jar.  That nice crunch you hear when you bite into Betsy’s Best is popping healthy omega’s into your body.  Not only that, but with the healthy omega’s you also get a great serving of fiber from the seeds and nuts.  Omega + fiber = A HEALTHY HEART!  So dig in and make your heart and mouth happy!

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