Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How can more Omega-3 Fatty Acids in my Diet Help my Bones?

The benefits of increasing the amount of Omega-3-rich foods can have numerous positive effects on your overall health. It supports brain development and growth, helps fight obesity, and can help prevent cardiovascular disease. However, new studies are showing Omega-3’s are also beneficial to bone health.

Omega-3’s are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are commonly found in fish. Aside from the other health benefits, having more Omega-3’s in your diet will help with bone loss prevention and bone fracture prevention, including reducing your risk for osteoporosis. This is important for anyone’s health, but especially for people who are at a higher risk for bone loss, such as post-menopausal women.

So where can you find Omega-3’s in your diet? Fish such as tuna, salmon, halibut, snapper, cod, and scallops are all high in Omega-3’s. If fish is not your favorite food though, it can be found in plant sources as well, such as flaxseeds, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and walnuts. Another way to get more Omega-3’s is to take a dietary supplement.

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