Why We Need Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 Fatty Acids. I can write about this topic until my fingers are on fire; but what I want to talk about today is where the omega-3 in our seafood actually comes from… because it may not be what you think!
Fun fact for the week - our omega-3’s we eat in fish, come from the algae the fish eat!
Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3’s are a specific fatty acid found in high amounts in fatty fish (like our King Salmon!) These are incredibly important components that form the structure of our cell membranes, and have incredible influence over the body’s cardiovascular, pulmonary, immune, and endocrine systems. DHA in particular is found in high amounts in the eyes, brain and sperm. Omega-3's provide the starting point for the hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Fish:
By eating fish, you are getting quality protein, quality fat, AND essential omega-3 fatty acids! Any time that you can use whole food to get in multiple healthy nutrients, it's a huge win. You can easily meet Omega-3 Needs by eating Alaskan Red King Crab and Wild Alaskan King Salmon.
Omega-3 Insufficiency or Deficiency:
An insufficiency or deficiency in Omega 3’s can cause rough, scaly skin and dermatitis, as well as lead to impaired visual or brain function or reduced immune response. Men - ask your doctor at your next physical to order an omega 3 blood test, otherwise known as an “Omega 3 Index” or an “Omega Check” in order to see how you're doing with your omega 3’s!
Ashley Besecker is the co-founder of Premier Catch and Director of Health and Nutrition. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified dietitian, and nutritional genetics specialist. Ashley's blog covers the nutritional benefits of eating sustainable, wild seafood and more details on Premier Catch's sustainability commitment.