Wednesday, January 17, 2007
How much fish do you eat?
So are you eating the right amount of fish in your diet? The powers that be are now recommending that we consume at least four servings of good healthy deep sea fish like Salmon every week. Although we know it is great for us, and we love eating it at the restaurant, many of us fall short at making and preparing fish at home.
I am not sure if it is the smell, the mess, or that we just do not know the preparation rules and procedures to make it taste the way it does at the restaurant, so we just say no.
Although eating fish is the best way to get the Omega 3 into your body and cells, supplementing it is of course the next best way to get the benefit. I am often asked about what benefits are seen with the intake of Omega 3 into the diet, and surprisingly enough, the list is quite long.
Many people choose to use the Fish oil capsules, which are a great way to ingest them without having to deal with the cooking of the fish. There is also the vegetarian form of Omega 3, which is from Flax seeds. These tiny seeds are actually squeezed to get the oil. If you have ever seen the flax seeds, they are very small, and it takes almost a cup of the seeds to yield a Tablespoon of the fresh oil.
Some of the benefits of Omega 3 include lubricating the joints, and bringing oil to dry weathered skin. Eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff are among some of the skin disorders that benefit from internal lubrication. Arthritis of the joints, digestion, lowering cholesterol and triglycerites and great benefits for heart patients are a few more to add to the list. The vegetarian form from Flax seeds, if it is a high lignin form has many benefits for prostate disorders, and female hormonal imbalances, as well as helping to reduce high blood pressure and boosting tired and run down, overworked immune systems. The oil has also been recommended for childhood learning disorders like ADD, ADHD and many other focus oriented conditions that effect adults as well as children. The more we study these two forms of Omega 3, the more we keep learning, and the benefit list grows longer every year.
So if you are someone that fits any of these conditions, and you are also someone that will not consume enough fish to do the job, consider supplementing them. I am asked the way I take them and it is as follows. I eat salmon as often as I can. I take 2 Tablespoons of flax oil daily, and I take fish oil capsules 3 times per week. This is one of those things that you will be very happy you incorporated it into your diet for many, many years, and sorry if you didn't for about the same amount of time.