Avocados are a fruit, not a vegetable. These semantics aside, eating avocados on the regular basis offers a myriad of benefits for our well-being. Rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E, this fruit could be our way of adding more antioxidant power to our bodies. Alongside potent vitamins, avocados are a home to the Omega family of fatty acids: Omega 3 and Omega-6.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are essential in maintaining healthier body and mind. Of great importance is a proper balance between these two omegas in our diet. Both play a crucial role in healthy brain function and normal growth and development. The proportion between these two fatty acids is approximately 1:3.
As these fatty acids cannot be found in the body naturally, they must be introduced to the body through our food sources.
Medical research and clinical studies show Omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation in the body and helps prevent many chronic diseases such as heart disease, strokes, circulation problems, skin disorders, gout, ADHD, allergies, depression, and many forms of arthritis.
The most concentrated levels of Omega-3 are found in the brain and are thought to be an important part of human cognitive and behavioral development. For that same reason, it is essential that pregnant women maintain healthy levels of Omega-3 in order to prevent nerve and vision problems in their developing child. The babies who were benefiting from Omega-3 fatty acids while being in their mother’s womb had a significant lead in development of their brain and skills when they were born and graduating to toddlers, tweens and beyond.
Here Are The Sources of Omega-3 Foods
• Fish (go for Wild, not Farmed, fish sources to avoid mercury and other heavy metal contaminants) – Wild Salmon, Wild Trout, Wild Tuna, Wild Mackerel, Wild Flounder & many other
• Seabuckthorn berries
• Acai palm fruit
• English walnuts
• Wheat/Oat germ
Do remember to incorporate the Omega-3 rich foods into your diet Daily! Reach out for a healthy snack or just add a handful of nuts or a small bunch of berries to your snack meals. You shall benefit as you go along in life!