You’ve probably heard the term essential fatty acids, good fats, or healthy fats thrown around before. You’ve probably also been told or have read that good fats are an integral component of a healthy diet. But, what exactly does that mean? What are healthy fats? Why do our bodies need fatty acids? Every system in our body requires fatty acids to function properly. Fatty acids play a critical role in brain development, blood pressure regulation, and immune, nervous, and respiratory system support. Essential fatty acids also help to reduce inflammation, which has been linked to most degenerative diseases, like heart disease, gum disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and multiple types of cancers.
Our bodies cannot produce omega-3 or omega 6, which are two very important omegas. We need to ingest these. Our bodies also cannot naturally produce omega-9 unless we have sufficient omega-3 and omega-6. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in grains, spirulina, green leafy vegetables, raw walnuts, flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, and chia seeds, as well as in fish like salmon, mackerel, and tuna. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in olive oil, pistachios, raw nuts and seeds, and wheatgerm. Omega-9 fatty acids come from avocados, cashews, almonds, pecans, and hazelnuts. Chia seeds actually contain all three. Are you eating these things every day?
Fish oil pills have remained one of the most popular ways to get in a daily dose of omega-3. However, the demand for fish oil has had a terrible effect on the Atlantic marine environment. The most common fish that is caught and used for fish oil is the menhaden. This particular fish, a member of the herring family, has been labeled one of the most important fish in the sea. Not only does this fish play a huge role in filtering algae from the water, it is also at the base of the food chain. Fish oil companies are wiping out this fish at an alarming rate. But what is our alternative?
Juice Plus+ recently created a brand new environmentally friendly and sustainable omega blend capsule. Unlike fish oil, the Juice Plus+ Omega Blend contains omega-3, 5, 6, 7, and 9. This amazing capsule cuts of the “middleman,” the fish. The omegas come from algae, pomegranate seeds, sea buckhorn berries, raspberry seeds, tomato seeds, and safflower seeds. Just like the three other Juice Plus+ blends, these capsules are non-GMO, gluten-free, preservative free, and contain no artificial colors or flavors. Adding this to your daily routine will be life changing!
Eating a diet that is sufficiently rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and plant-based proteins is one of the easiest ways to reduce and or prevent chronic inflammation. Mix in that with regular exercise, adequate sleep, and other healthy lifestyle choices (no smoking, minimal alcohol intake, and stress reducing/releasing practices) and your chances of persistent inflammation and life altering aliments will be significantly reduced. We don’t have control over everything, but we should take advantage of the things that we do have control over. Our health is everything.
Ask Dr. Blake or Honi about this incredible new additional to the Juice Plus+ family and how it can help reduce chronic inflammation and its many other amazing benefits.