Walnuts are an excellent plant source for omega-3 fatty acids. They also look like the brain ~ think about it!
Omega 3 -also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), plays a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. Three of the important omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). After you eat them, your body converts ALA (linolic acid) to EPS and DHA. Omega-3 fatty acid in addition to playing an important role in brain function, may aid in the prevention of many diseases, such as: cardiovascular disease, arthritis, skin disorders, asthma and many other conditions.
Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid (EFA), our bodies do not produce these fatty acids, we must acquire them from foods or supplements. In addition to fish, many nuts and seeds contain EFA’s like walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flax, hemp and chia seeds. Omega 3’s are known for fighting and preventing inflammation by encouraging the production of body chemicals that help control inflammation — in the joints, the bloodstream, and the tissues.
Omega 6 fatty acid (Linoleic acid) combined with Omega 3 fatty acids produces many of the health benefits described above. Omega 6 Is also a polyunsaturated fatty acid and an essential fatty acid known to help stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and maintain the reproductive system. However, most people consume too much Omega 6 in comparison to Omega 3 and that may have unhealthy implications. The latest research shows that the most promising health effects of essential fatty acids are achieved through a proper balance between omega-3s and omega-6s. The ratio to aim for, experts say, is roughly 4 parts omega-3s to 1 part omega-6s. Unfortunately, the typical american diet has a ratio of around 20 omega 6’s to 1 omega 3. This is because Omega 6 is found in common foods such as: sunflower, safflower, corn, cottonseed, and soybean oil, egg yolks, grain fed meats, particularly organ meat, margarine, and some processed foods.
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