Omega 3s: The Good Fats
Why Omegas? 🌍
While the human body can produce most of the types of fats it needs from other fats, this is not the case with omega 3s (1). Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid - it cannot be made from within our bodies, so we have to rely on getting it from food! What are the benefits of Omega 3? Omegas are important for the function of cell membranes and the cell receptors within them. They are the starting point for the regulation of blood clotting, inflammation and the contraction and relaxation of arteries.
• Oily fish like salmon, lake trout, tuna and herring (2)
• Flax seeds
• Leafy vegetables
Where do we get it? 🌱
GEM sources our omega 3s from chia seeds! Chia seeds are incredibly nutritious and contain additional essentials like manganese, calcium, and phosphorus. Chia is high in linoleic acid, a fatty acid that helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. GEM contains vitamin D and K, so chia helps make sure those get fully absorbed! While some think the only way to get omegas is from fish oil capsules, chia actually has 8x more omega 3s than salmon. No more fishy burps!
Fighting Inflammation 💪
Inflammation is the natural body defense to infection and damage within the body. Sometimes, inflammation can continue for long amounts of time within the body and can even happen without infection or injury. Long-term inflammation can lead to other chronic illnesses, like heart disease and cancer. Where do omega 3s come in to save the day? Omegas can help slow the production of molecules linked to inflammation (3).
Heart Disease ✖
The strongest evidence of the positive effects of omega-3 fats is linked to heart disease. The fats in omegas appear to help the heart beat at a steady rate and not deviate into a dangerous or potentially fatal erratic beat pattern.Omega-3 fats also help lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve blood vessel function, and, at higher doses, lower triglycerides and may ease inflammation.
What are other fun ways to eat chia seeds!? 🍴
Top your smoothie bowls, oatmeal, and smoothies with chia seeds for an extra omega punch. If you’re feeling particularly inspired to bust a move in the kitchen, try this chia pudding recipe below! Top it with your favorite yogurt (we love Siggis and GT’s Probiotic Coconut Yogurt) & fresh berries!
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 2 cups milk of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons honey (optional sweetener)
- ½ tsp cinnamon
Stir, let sit overnight and enjoy!
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