We are huge fish oil enthusiasts! To keep it simple, fish oil is a great natural remedy to help heal and prevent inflammation. It’s mostly known for its Omega-3 fatty acids which benefit blood circulation, increase immunity, improve skin, maintains and improves good eye vision, and help decrease the chances of having heart strokes or cardiac arrest to name a few.
Q: Where do Omega-3 fatty acids come from?
A: Omega-3 fatty acids are found in the green leaves of plants, like grass, phytoplankton, algae and seaweed. This is the food that OUR food is designed to eat, which makes grass-fed beef, pastured organic eggs, and most importantly, certain types of fish (wild-caught fish and fish lower on the food chain, like herring, anchovy, sardine and mackerel) are good, natural sources of omega-3′s. Unfortunately, due to poor meat quality, and over-consumption of fast foods, processed foods, and vegetable oils, most of our diets are lacking in these essential fatty acids (and overly rich in pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids).
Q: So why can’t I just eat grass or seaweed to get my omega-3′s?
A: First, you don’t have the ability to digest grass properly. Moving on, omega-3′s are a family of fatty acids, and the “parent” molecule is called alpha-linolenic acid (abbreviated as LNA or ALA). The ALA from plants is converted by animals or fish to the potent anti-inflammatory omega-3′s called EPA and DHA by a long conversion process (see the discussion of ALA from plant seeds below). The ALA itself is not actually anti-inflammatory, and only a small percentage of ALA can be converted to EPA and DHA. Fish (and to a much lesser degree, land animals) do the metabolic work to convert the plant-based ALA into concentrated EPA and DHA. Fish oil isalready a concentrated source of EPA and DHA, which is why fish oil has such potent anti-inflammatory properties.
Check out the rest of Whole9’s Q&A by clicking the photo above. If you are allergic to fish, we would recommend foods high in Omega-3 such as grass-fed beef, eggs, pork lean, chicken, nuts such as almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, or flax seed and/or chia seeds.