10 Foods To Eat For Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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What are the best foods for omega-3 fatty acids? Here are 10 of the best.
You’ve probably heard the term, “omega-3 fatty acids,” but what are they? Basically, they are nutrients that the body cannot make, but are an essential part of healthy living. You must get them from food or supplement sources.

But what’s so special about them? According to the American Heart Association (AHA), “Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids decrease risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead to sudden death. Omega-3 fatty acids also decrease triglyceride levels, slow growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and lower blood pressure (slightly).”

Health organizations from the AHA to the Mayo Clinic to the World Health Organization stress the importance of eating enough foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Foods including fish, nuts, and some plants are all potential sources. Recommendations on how much omega-3 fatty acids are necessary vary. Purdue University put together a great table showing recommendations by medical organization and for which population segments.

So, what are the best foods for omega-3 fatty acids?

Organizations such as the AHA regard fish as the best source of omega-3 fatty acids. It’s important to choose a fish that is low in mercury levels and high in omega-3s. The AHA recommends at least two servings of fish per week. These fish choices are good choices:

1. Salmon

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2. Flounder/Sole

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3. Pollock

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4. Crabs

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5. Shrimp

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In addition to fish, omega-3 fatty acids can be found in nuts and some plant sources. It’s important to note that since the body has to process the non-fish sources more, these do ultimately give people less omega-3s. Nonetheless, here are the five top five non-fish sources of omega-3 fatty acids, according to World’s Healthiest Foods:

6. Flax seeds

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7. Walnuts

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8. Soybeans

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9. Tofu

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10. Cauliflower

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