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Foods Containing Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are important nutrients involved in many body activities, especially immune system responses Your body doesn't produce omega-3 fatty acids and must get them from the food you eat

Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing the risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), which can lead to sudden cardiac death Omega-3 fatty acids also slow the growth of plaque in arteries and reduce levels of the unhealthy type of cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins) and triglycerides in your bloodDietary Sources of Omega3 Fatty AcidsLA, linoleic acidVegetable oils corn, safflower, sunflower, soybean, animal meatsAA, arachidonic acidAnimal sources only meat, eggsii Omega3 TypesALA, LNA alphalinolenic acidFlaxseed, canola oil, English walnuts, specialty eggsEPA, eicosapentaenoic acidFish, fish oils, marine sourcesDHA, docosahexaenoic acidFish, fish oils, specialty eggdairy productsSelected food sources of alinolenic acid ALA are given in Table 2.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a good source of lignans -- compounds that may have a weak estrogen effect When a weak estrogen-like substance takes the place of your body’s natural strong estrogen in a breast cell’s estrogen receptor, then the weak substance can act as a relative anti-estrogen By acting in this way, lignans might help work against breast cancer that depends on estrogen for its growth But research so far on whether omega-3 fatty acids affect breast cancer risk has shown no conclusive association

The highest concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids are found in coldwater fish, such as sardines, salmon, herring, tuna, cod, mackerel, halibut, and shark These fatty acids are also found in lower concentrations in plant foods such as flaxseed, walnuts, Great Northern beans, kidney beans, navy beans, and soybeans Some registered dietitians recommend eating a diet rich in fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids or eating 1 or 2 teaspoons of flaxseed every day

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