Your Diet Could Be Missing Omega-3s
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Even if you are eating enough of the right foods, some things could still be missing. This is what Jana says she discovered.
Jana says she is very health-conscious, exercises and eats clean. With an upcoming wedding, she's looking to step it up even more. She says she recently learned that she has Omega-3 levels that may be lower than she expected. She says this was surprising to her, considering how proactive she is about her diet.
"I thought I was doing everything right. Any suggestions?" she asks The Doctors.
Cardiologist Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum shares some suggestions for Jana and also helps explain the benefits of Omega-3s. Dr. Andrew Ordon commends Jana for seeking out more information about her health and Omega-3s which have been found to be essential to many functions in the body.
Dr. Steinbaum says that many people who considered themselves healthy eaters were surprised to find they had low levels of Omega-3s. A recent study by Global Nutrition and Health Alliance -- which is funded by an educational grant from RB*, with whom Dr. Steinbaum partnered -- found that 98% of the people tested had low levels of Omega-3s.
Dr. Steinbaum shares some of the potential benefits of increasing your Omega-3 levels, which include:
- Can help cardiovascular health by supporting healthy blood flow
- Supports joint and brain health
- May help skin and hair
Dr. Steinbaum says the body does not produce Omega-3s and explains they come from the foods we eat. Jana says on a regular basis she tries to avoid processed foods and eats things like yogurt, nuts, avocados, and salmon. Dr. Ordon says that in addition to walnuts and salmon, Omega-3s are seen in flax seeds, canola oil, and soybeans. He notes that it's hard to know how much Omega-3 you might be getting from these foods, as it is typically not listed on food nutritional labels.
In salmon, Dr. Steinbaum says Omega-3 levels can differ based on what the fish is eating, the region it is from, and the species, which may explain why people who eat a lot of salmon or other Omega-3-rich foods may still not have high levels of the nutrient.
Dr. Steinbaum says another option for Jana to get more Omega-3s outside of just diet alone may be a supplement. She recommends MegaRed Advanced 4in1 Omega-3 supplements, which she explains delivers one of the highest levels of Omega-3s in a one-pill per day dose.
As always, talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.
*Sponsored Ad Content By Reckitt Benckiser (RB), Makers of MegaRed Advanced 4in1