Omega-3

What is Omega-3?

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Chia SeedsOmega-3 is an Essential Fatty Acid. Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) are vital for optimal body health and function.  Because the human body cannot create its own EFAs, we must obtain it from an outside source (generally from food).  Primary sources include plant oils, such as chia seeds, and marine oils.

Omega-3 fatty acids refers to a group of three fats called ALA (found in plant oils), EPA, and DHA (both commonly found in marine oils). ALA fatty acids in plants are converted by animals into EPA and DHA for body metabolism. Common sources of plant omega 3 ALA fatty acid include chia seed oil, seabuckthorn seed and berry oils, flaxseed oil, Sacha Inchi oil, Echium oil,  hemp oil, dark green leafy vegetables, and seaweed. Common sources of animal omega–3 EPA and DHA fatty acids, converted from the consumption of micro-alge plant sources, include fish oils, algal oil, egg oil, squid oils, and krill oil.

Essential Fatty Acids must also be consumed in the right amounts to one another. Omega-3 should be consumed in proportionally higher amounts than other EFA’s such as Omega-6 and Omega-9 for optimum conversion.

 

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What does Omega-3 do?

Omega-3 has been found to have cardio-protective properties and is positively associated with cognitive and behavioral performance. Specifically, DHA supports the normal development of the brain and eyes, and is vital for retinal stimulation and neuro-transmission.

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Studies have shown that Omega-3 is good for
Mental health
Nerve function
Healthy heart
Healthy Liver
Enhanced Immune system
Reduced inflammation
Healthy hair, skin, nails
Healthy pregnancy
Omega-3 has been linked to benefiting the following conditions
Heart disease
Asthma
Depression
Hypertension
Diabetes
OCD
ADHD
Senility
Post-partum depression

Omega-3 in chia seeds

We love chia seeds!Chia seeds contain the highest known concentration of Omega-3 of any plant-based source, even more than flax seed, and contains 8 times more Omega-3 than salmon.

Chia seeds also have the ideal proportional amounts of Omega-3 to the other EFAs, Omega-6 and Omega-9.

Adding chia seeds to your diet is a great way to help keep your body healthy with the essential fatty acids it needs, and as a bonus they come packed with other nutrients such as Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Protein, Fiber, Iron, Phosphorus, Zinc, Manganses, Selenium, and Anti-oxidants.