You are trying to get more omega 3 in your diet right?
Boffins in white coats have been looking at the benefits of this fat for years and the evidence is clear: Everyone can benefit from omega 3, especially those who play sport at any level.
People with a balanced diet including plenty of omega 3 fats have been shown to have better preserved eye health, better body composition (less fat, more muscle) and reduced levels of inflammation.
You see, according to archeologist's like John K. Williams, our early ancestors evolved on a diet rich in healthy fats from natural sources, especially fish. Evolution is a little bit slower than society so our bodies still think we are those early fishermen and wants plenty of fresh oily fish to be healthy, strong and fast.
What if you don't like fish?
It's possible to get omega 3 from other sources too. Society has moved on enough for us to understand what our body needs and use other methods to get this essential fat into your system.
1. Omega 3 Eggs
The humble egg mayo sandwhich at tea time might taste good, but it's no great source of omega 3. However, it's now possible to buys eggs that are much higher in the healthy fat naturally. This is acheived by feeding the hens on linseed instead of grain.
It's quick and easy to wack together a breakfast omlette with omega 3 eggs, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and turkey to have an early morning boost of vegetables, protein, omega 3 and deliciousness.
In some places linseed is called flax seed, but it's the same thing. It's naturally loaded with omega 3 and I have written about it previously here.
My tip is to grind the seeds in a blender, coffee grinder or pestle before eating as you can't digest the whole seed.
3. Broccoli (and other leafy greens)
There is not enough omega 3 in leafy greens like broccoli, cabbage, spinach and kale to meet your needs. That said, the World's healthiest food list rates all the above as good or very good for quality.
Besides the omega 3 content, everyone should be eating more vegetables anyway. They are a rich source of many different nutrients and keep your pH level balanced.
4. Fish Oil
I'm not a big supplement fan as most people can sort out their diet just by eating better. However, fish oil is an exception. The capsules are cheap and tasteless while giving you a huge boost of omega 3.
If you don't like, or can't afford high quality fresh fish, fish oil is your next best bet.
Is this proven beyond a shadow of a doubt? No, but more and more nutritionists and scientists are making recommendations to supplement with fish oil.
I recommend you give it a try for 30 days. take a fish oil capsule with meals, buy some omega 3 eggs, linseed and vegetables and see what happens.
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