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Strong Sources of Omega-3

By Daryl H. Bryant (461 words)
Posted in Living with MS on July 18, 2013

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Strong Sources of Omega-3

Significant dietary changes for managing Multiple Sclerosis symptoms has helped a countless amount of MS patients live an overall healthier lifestyle. Among other supplements and altered eating habits, increased intake of Omega-3 fatty acids has shown some evidence of relieving particular symptoms. Listed below are examples of Omega-3 fatty acids and other options an MS patient may want to consider trying.

Omega-3s are known as "essential fatty acids," which means that the human body cannot create them on its own and must receive them from foods. Affecting a range of cellular processes and other physical and psychological functions, Omega-3s and other essential fatty acids are a key component of good health and normal metabolism. According to one study, Omega-3 supplements prevented relapses and generally slowed the progression of multiple sclerosis in some patients. There is also evidence that the general anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3s may be helpful for relieving common symptoms of MS.

A number of the foods we commonly eat already contain a substantial amount of Omega-3 fatty acids for normal metabolic functioning. However, supplementing with additional sources may be the key to receiving added benefits from these nutrients. Omega-3 supplements fall into three main categories: pre-packaged extracts or oils, animal sources and plants.

  • Pre-packaged Supplements

Oils from fish and plants that contain high levels of Omega-3s are widely available. These are one of the richest sources of Omega-3s, and can usually be found in either capsule or liquid form. Fish oils are most commonly drawn from oily-fleshed, cold-water species, while plant sources for those who wish to avoid consuming fish typically include flax or other seeds. Krill oil is also increasingly available. A large number of brands are available in various doses.

  • Fish

A simple way to increase your Omega-3 intake is simply to consume more fish. Examples include salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines, among other cold-water/oily species. The fish themselves do not produce Omega-3s, but obtain them from algae and other plant sources in their food. For Omega-3 intake, these fish can be eaten and prepared as normal.

  • Fruits and Vegetables

For those who wish to avoid consuming fish, many whole plant sources of Omega-3s are available. Classic examples include flaxseed, kiwis, purslane (an edible succulent) and hemp seeds. As with all oils, flaxseed, flax oil and other similar products should be treated with care to avoid spoilage. Fruits and vegetables can be incorporated into salads, served with meals or used as a daily Omega-3 snack.

As with any dietary or supplement changes, MS patients should consult with their physicians about possible drug interactions and other concerns before beginning a program of Omega-3 supplementation.

Comments (1)

jenifer snow posted on: September 18, 2013

I have an ass and no doctor has told me about any diet that I should follow I understand that and now they're saying gluten free where would I go to find a list of foods that are gluten free that I can afford

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