We know we should eat a lot of foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. The problem some people are having is how to do it. Fish stocks are in danger of collapse in many parts of the world. Eating farmed fish is not a good option. And, there have been many stories of fish oil pills that are not as clean or free of contaminates as they should be. What can you do to get your omega-3’s?
If you like fish, you can eat a can or two of anchovies each a week. Flax seeds are a great source, but there is some work involved in storing and preparing them for use. A new supplement made from krill has some potential. Some studies show are not contaminated like large fish such as salmon and tuna can be, other studies show some contamination. Some research has shown that krill also contain an antioxident, astaxanthin, although the jury is still out on its effectiveness. Grass fed beef can be a good source of omega-3’s, but the high cost makes this meat an option only for a select group. Eggs from chickens allowed to eat a diet rich in greens and insects are high in Omega 3’s, but this limits availability to people who have access to home raised chickens. The high omega -3 eggs you find in your local grocery are produced by adding fish oil to the grain that industrial farm raised hens are given. Flax seed oil seems a good source if it is stored correctly.
So what is the easiest and best way to increase the omega-3 levels in your diet? I use broad approach, not relying on any one method, but I am still unsure how effective my approach is. I do eat occasional salmon, anchovies, and tuna. I also regularly eat dark, leafy greens. Do you make an effort to take in a lot of omega-3’s? If you do, what approach do you take?