Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFA) are known as the goods fat. They are ‘essential’ since they cannot be made within the body; it is essential that we obtain them from food sources.
Omega 3 EFAs are critical for controlling inflammation throughout the body, for brain development, to keep the blood from clotting unnecessarily and also for stimulating leptin, the hormone involved in controlling appetite and metabolism. The consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids can assist in problems such as depression, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, arthritis and skin complaints such as eczema and psoriasis.
Omega 3 fats can be found in oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines. Flaxseeds/linseeds are an excellent source; as are walnuts, pumpkin seeds and soybeans.