What is the best way to increase omega-3s?
Q. Dear Terry, “I read that if you don’t eat enough foods with omega-3s then you can’t make endocannabinoids. Before I try hemp or CBD, I want to increase my omega-3 intake first. What is the best way to increase omega-3s? ”– Alissa C., Erie, PA
A. Dear Alissa, 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. Recent research has shown that omega-3s are necessary to synthesize our own endocannabinoids. This is good news when it comes to anti-inflammatory support, antidepressant effects, immune support, cancer prevention, heart disease prevention, and more. Since the Standard American Diet (S.A.D) is generally deficient in omega-3s, it can be necessary to incorporate more omega-3s into our daily life.
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 beneficial peptides and 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 – which 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 a spoonful of fishy tasting oil.
I would take omega-3 fatty acids from salmon once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally