Why is seafood good for women’s health?
In addition to numerous other nutrients, seafood contains two important omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Many Americans do not get the recommended amount of Omega-3, which is about 1-3 grams per day, according to the American Heart Association. According to the National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements Omega-3 Fatty Acids fact sheet the amount of omega-3 fatty acids women consume can affect:
- Risk for heart disease
- Risk for preterm birth (premature birth)
- Growth and development in unborn babies and breastfed infants
A deficiency can also lead to:
- Soft, peeling, or brittle nails
- Excessive thirst
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty paying attention
- Excessive mood swings, depression, or unwarranted anxiety
- Rough or dry, bumpy skin
- Dry, dull, brittle hair and dandruff
How can I get enough omega-3 fatty acids?
There are a multitude of ways to the required with omega-3 fatty acids. If you want to increase your omega-3 fatty acids, try:
- Eating seafood. Salmon, tuna, trout, anchovies, and sardines have high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Try to make seafood your primary protein choice several times a week.
- Eating nuts, seeds, and oils with omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts, flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, soybean oil, and canola oil are all high in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Eating foods with added omega-3 fatty acids. Some foods have been fortified with added omega-3 fatty acids (look for “fortified” on the label). This may include some types of eggs, yogurt, juices, milk or soy beverages.
- Take a fish oil/vegetarian supplement. If you are having a hard time getting enough omega-3 fatty acids from food, your physician may recommend an over-the-counter supplement. Vegetarian women who do not eat seafood especially may benefit from vegetarian omega-3 supplements.
This article is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.