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How Omega-3s May Help Fight Inflammation

Acella Pharmaceuticals, LLC., is partnering with Heather Procknal, NBC-HWC-CHC, to bring greater awareness to the importance of thyroid care and education. This post is sponsored by Acella Pharmaceuticals and should not be construed as medical advice. Please talk to your doctor about your individual medical situation.

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Let’s talk about fat. It’s one of three critical macronutrients our bodies need, along with carbohydrates and protein. But all fat is not created equal. Some fats are health boosters, while others can wreak havoc on your body.

But there is one powerful type of fat you'll want to be sure you're getting enough of: omega-3s!

What are omega-3 fatty acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids, or omega-3s, are a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid, or PUFA. Another type of PUFA is omega-6. Omega-3 is a “healthy fat” that’s in a league of its own when it comes to the hierarchy of fats. It supports your brain, hormones, immune system, heart health, energy levels and mood.

The three main omega-3 fatty acids are:

ALA, or alpha-linolenic acid
EPA, or eicosapentaenoic acid
DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid

ALA is naturally occurring in:

• Flaxseed oil
• Soybean oil
• Canola oil
• Walnuts
• Chia seeds
• Flaxseed

DHA and EPA are found in:

• Tuna
• Mackerel
• Salmon
• Herring
• Sardines
• Other fatty cold-water fish

Health Benefits of Consuming Omega-3s

Omega-3s play an important role in the healthful functioning of many bodily systems. For example, many studies show that consuming EPA and DHA lowers triglyceride levels, which is great for cardiovascular health.

Some scientists believe that the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s help reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in patients who suffer from other autoimmune disease.1,2 It’s no secret that reducing inflammation in the body is crucial to improving your health! Reducing oxidative stress and inflammation is also beneficial for hypothyroid patients too.3

While there is more research that needs to be done, many scientists agree that consuming omega-3s may improve your overall health, including the functioning of your heart, brain, vascular system and endocrine system, which includes hormone-producing glands such as the thyroid.

How much do you need per day?

The World Health Organization recommends a daily dose of 250 mg to 500 mg combined EPA and DHA for healthy adults. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends eating one to two servings of seafood per week to get the dose of omega-3s that your body needs.

But if you’re not a seafood lover, that’s OK. There are other ways to add these super fats to your daily diet. Below is one of my favorite foods to boost my omega 3 intake: a decadent chocolate chia seed pudding.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and packs an omega-3 punch with its magic ingredient – chia seeds!

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 10 minutes; Chill Overnight

Ingredients:

• 1 cup coconut milk
• 3 tablespoons chia seeds
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 2 tablespoons honey
• ¼ teaspoon vanilla or peppermint extract

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until fully incorporated.
2. Pour into two glass containers with lids and refrigerate overnight.
3. Remove from refrigerator and stir. If you are feeling fancy, add a mint leaf sprig for garnish.

You can store any leftovers in the fridge for up to three days. But I bet someone will finish it sooner. Give yourself a high five for taking care of yourself while being a little indulgent too!

REFERENCES: 1. James M, Proudman S, Cleland L. Fish oil and rheumatoid arthritis: past, present and future. Proc Nutr Soc. 2010 Aug;69(3):316-23. doi: 10.1017/S0029665110001564. Epub 2010 May 28. PMID: 20509981. 2. Simopoulos AP. Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. J Am Coll Nutr. 2002 Dec;21(6):495-505. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2002.10719248. PMID: 12480795. 3. Mancini, A., Di Segni, C., Raimondo, S., Olivieri, G., Silvestrini, A., Meucci, E., & Currò, D. (2016). Thyroid Hormones, Oxidative Stress, and Inflammation. Mediators of inflammation, 2016, 6757154. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/6757154

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