Chat with Chia Girl: Are you Omega-3 Deficient?
Move over, Miley Cyrus, it’s all about omega-3 this week! I’m sure you saw the social media universe abuzz earlier this week when it appeared Miley might be Time Magazine’s Person of the Year poll. Time just announced Pope Francis as the winner, which I imagine most agree is a better choice.
Buried among all that talk of twerking and wrecking balls, health-world darling omega-3 is a hot topic, too. Some studies suggest more than 60% of North Americans are omega-3 deficient. And depending exactly which study you read, some say nearly 90% of Americans, including children, are not getting enough omega-3. That’s 9 out of 10 people. Can you believe that?
How do you know if you are one of those? Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
2. Mood swings
3. Memory problems
4. Dry skin
5. Poor circulation
The good news is there’s now a simple blood test to detect omega-3 deficiency. It’s typically not covered by insurance and will run you between $100-$300.
Children lacking in omega-3 can deal with even bigger issues. A 1996 Purdue University study linked low omega-3 to ADHD in kids. Two new studies show low omega-3 can impact reading, memory and behavior.
The American diet often lacks one of the most common sources of omega-3, wild-caught salmon. The FDA suggests around 1100 milligrams daily of omega-3.
Did you know chia seeds offer 8 times more omega-3 than salmon, and are MUCH easier to work into your kids’ diet than fish! One bottle of Drink Chia rocks 1100 milligrams omega-3, which just happens to be the recommended daily amount.
And milk drinkers, listen up! Turns out, spending your hard earned dollars on organic milk is worth it. Just released research from Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources attributes the benefit to a healthier omega-3/omega-6 balance.
Scientists studied 384 samples of organic and conventional whole milk. These samples were collected over a year and a half from all over the country. Here’s the big take away: The organic milk contained 62 percent more omega-3 fatty acids and 25 percent fewer omega-6s. That makes organic milk a winner in my book!
What do you think? How do you make sure you get enough omega-3?