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Friday, February 17, 2012
Omega-3 is a group of essential fatty acids, which cannot be made by the body itself. The 3 main forms of omega-3 are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). They are also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids play a fundamental role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development. They are structural components of cells of our central nervous system, that’s why they are essential nutrients for the development of our brain.
Also, a variety of research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation. The National Institute of Health’s website, Medline Plus states that “Omega-3 fatty acids reduce pain and swelling.” Furthermore, omega-3 fatty acids are known for lowering the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, asthma and arthritis, and for helping with depression/bipolar disorders and ADHD.
It is recommended to add at least 0.5 g of uncooked ALA to your diet daily. This can be done by taking:
ü 1 tsp ground flaxseeds
ü 1/4 tsp of flaxseed oil
ü 1/5 oz English walnuts (3 halves)
ü 1 tsp of canola oil
Hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds are also good sources of ALA. Other foods that can add to your intake of ALA are leafy green vegetables such as broccoli or cabbage.
ü Do you know that our Fig Fennel Flax Sprouted Manna Bread contains 0.33 g of ALA Omega 3 per serving? That is 25% of the daily recommended value of 1.3g for ALA!
ü Our Banana Walnut Hemp Sprouted Manna Bread contains 0.4 g of ALA Omega 3 per serving - 30% of the daily recommended value for ALA!
ü At the top of the list stands our Bavarian Style Multigrain Flax Sourdough Bread with impressive 0.8 g of ALA Omega 3 per serving!!