Reducing sugar cravings is one of the amazing benefits of essential fatty acids like Omega 3. Eating a balance of protein, fat, and healthy carbohydrate at each meal will go a long way to help reduce sugar cravings.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) like Omega 3 & 6 are not made in the body, and must be included in our daily diet as food or in supplemental form. The Omega 6 form is most readily available in oils like canola, olive, grapeseed, peanut, safflower and sunflower, as well as seeds and nuts. The Omega 3 form is found in fish and fish oil. Flaxseed is not a good direct source of Omega 3 since the body has to go through a conversion step to make and utilize the Omega 3. Some individuals, for a variety of reasons, lack the ability to make that conversion.
Other advantages of EFAs are:
- improved performance of brain and cell membranes
- necessary hormone precursors
- helps to offset other harmful fatty acids like trans-fats and arachadonic acid as found in corn-fed, chargrilled beef
- normalizes cholesterol and triglycerides
- increases metabolism and energy
- reduces cellulite
- natural mood enhancer
- prevents anxiety and hyperactivity
- helps prevent osteoporosis
WARNING: The problem with fish oils on the market today is the potential for rancidity and heavy metal contamination.
When purchasing an Omega 3 fish oil, make sure you get a third party, independent laboratory assay for heavy metals, rancidity and PCB’s for the brand that you choose to use.
This article was written by Dr. Sharon Price, PhD www.nutritionaldirection.com.