Omega-3 and omega-6 are both types of fat called polyunsaturated fats. These are essential fatty acids, meaning that, our bodies cannot produce them and it’s important we consume them in adequate amounts to avoid health complications. Omega-3s play a key role in maintaining healthy cell membrane function and gene expression. They’re key to the structure of every cell wall you have. They’re also an energy source and help keep your heart, lungs, blood vessels, and immune system working the way they should. And omega-6 fats have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and decrease insulin resistance when consumed instead of saturated fats.However, it is extremely important to ensure that we do not overconsume omega-6 fats, as this can affect our ability to maintain omega-3 levels. When it comes to Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, balance is key.
Some plant based whole food Omega 3 sources include:
Chia seeds, hemp seeds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, flaxseeds, algae oil, hemp oil, flaxseed meal, pumpkin seeds, edamame beans, kidney beans, sesame seeds, seaweed, algae, and avocado
Some plant based whole food Omega 6 sources include:
Walnuts, Tofu, Hemp seeds, Peanut butter, Almonds, Cashews, Sunflower seeds, Pine nuts, and avocado
My favourite plant based omega supplements are:
Nutrikynd – which is a vitamin B12/Omega/D3 all in one. But it is made in Australia and might only be available to you by shipping.
NutraVege™ Omega-3 Plant (200 Milliliters)