I have heard about the benefits of omega-3s from fish.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have heard about the benefits of omega-3s from fish. However, I don’t like to eat fish and probably never will. I have an aversion to the taste and have tried many times to overcome it. I take fish oil to compensate but heard that might not be the best option either. What do you suggest I do?” — Linda E., Denver, CO
A. Dear Linda, You are not alone, there are many people that dislike eating fish but know that omega-3s are powerful health compounds.
Omega-3s are essential, meaning we cannot produce them ourselves. We need to consume these important nutrients on a regular basis because they are an integral part of our cell membranes. Fortunately, for people who don’t like to eat fish, there are other options.
Cold-water fish have the highest naturally occurring levels of omega-3s because of the environment they live in. I prefer to get my omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to phospholipids, as this is much closer to nature and how people were meant to absorb and use these nutrients. This is the way you’d get your omega-3s by eating fish – this means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most. Therefore, you only need a small amount compared to the handfuls of fish oil capsules or spoonsful of fishy tasting oils.
Terry . . . Naturally