Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to human health, but cannot be manufactured by the body. According to experts, omega-3 fatty acids are used to build the brain as well as active hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. Prostaglandins help to keep the blood thin, which prevents clots and blockages, relaxes blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, helps to maintain the water balance in the body, decreases inflammation and pain, improves nerve and immune function and helps insulin to work, which is good for blood sugar balance.
The best ways to get your dose of omega fatty acids is:
• Eat seeds and nuts – flax, pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame – sprinkling them on cereal, soups and salads.
• Having fish like herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, tuna – two or three times a week.
• Using cold pressed seed oils – salad dressings, drizzle on veggies instead of butter.
• Use pumpkin seed butter as a spread instead of butter or margarine.