Why You Need More Omega-3

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • According to recent research, adults with high glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD65) antibody levels (a marker for Type 1 diabetes) and low omega-3 levels had a more than fourfold higher risk of autoimmune diabetes
  • In earlier research, GAD65-positive individuals who ate one or more servings of fatty fish per week had a 49% reduced risk of latent autoimmune diabetes compared to those who got less than one weekly serving
  • Only fatty, cold-water fish contain significant amounts of omega-3 fats. Examples include wild-caught Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel and herring. Farmed salmon is among the most toxic foods available and is best avoided
  • Farmed salmon also have the nutritional drawbacks of containing only half the omega-3 of wild salmon and four to eight times less vitamin D, while having more than 5.5 times the amount of harmful omega-6
  • Processed vegetable oils are primary source of omega-6 linoleic acid (LA), but animal foods such as farmed salmon also contain high amounts of it, thanks to the fact that the animals are fed LA-rich grains. There’s evidence to suggest excessive amounts of LA play a role in most chronic diseases, especially top killers such as heart disease

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