Inflammation | Sorting Out the Omega-3’s

Plant-based and animal sources of Omega-3 acidsOmega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats and consist of three types: EPA, DHA and ALA. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are primarily found in certain kinds of fish. Another type of omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid  (ALA), is found in plants.

Certain types of fish are rich in EPA and DHA. These essential polyunsaturated fats reduce C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6, two inflammatory proteins in your body. A six-month study demonstrated that consuming 960 mg/day of EPA and 600 mg/day of DHA lowered CRP.¹

To lower your risk of mercury exposure from eating fish, be sure to choose the right fish*.

Swordfish_dollarphotoclub_75683664*Avoid larger, longer-living fish, such as shark and swordfish, as they tend to accumulate more mercury than the smaller fish like sardines, sole, and trout.

Per Consumer Reports, a 6-oz. serving of:

  • Salmon contains 4 mcg of mercury
  • Canned albacore tuna contains 60 mcg 
  • Swordfish contains 170 mcg 

Oily fish high in omega-3 fatty acids include:

How much: At least 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week

Apple c heart symbol_40x54Fit Tip: If you don’t eat fish, you can actually drink it in the form of orange juice! Tropicana® Orange Juice Pure Premium Healthy Heart Orange Juice is fortified with actual fish (tilapia, sardine and anchovy). Also, grass-fed beef  is often higher in omega-3 fatty acids than conventional beef due to their diet of grass and foraged foods versus grains, such as corn.

Source:
¹Fish oil supplementation lowers C-reactive protein levels independent of triglyceride reduction in patients with end-stage renal disease. Nutrition Clinical Practice. 2009.

 Stay tuned! Up next… “Fish-Free Omega-3’s

Fit Find | Wild Selections® Salmon Fillets

salmon-fillets-in-olive-oilFresh fish is always best, but may not be accessible or affordable. By stocking your pantry with Wild Selections® Salmon Fillets in Olive Oil, you’ll always have a base for a healthy meal.  They’re not your typically dry, fishy salmon chunks in a can, but instead, they’re tender, flaky and full of flavor. These premium fillets (3.8 oz) are a great source of healthy fats and protein (11 g). Perfect on salads, pasta and right out of the can!

Sodium content is 360 mg due to the added sea salt, so take that into consideration if you’re on a heart-healthy, low-sodium eating plan (1500 mg sodium/day). Also, one can is one serving (70 calories), so your portion is already controlled. 🙂

Apple c heart symbol_40x54Fit Tip: Try these salmon fillets over a bowl of Japanese whole grain brown rice with tofu, fresh veggies and a dollop of wasabi. You’ll have a quick healthy meal in minutes!