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Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Sources for Vegetarians

  By posted Mar 27th 2014
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Sources for Vegetarians

Omega-3 fatty acids lowers cholesterol, reduces one's chances of getting arthritis, depression, asthma, and improves brain health. The best source of omega-3 fatty acids is fish, which poses a problem for vegetarians. So, in this article, we list out vegetarian sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They can be used as a laxative and help fight cholesterol and heart disease. Both flaxseeds as well as flaxseeds oil are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds also have omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), acid, which helps your body convert ALA into EPA and DHA.
To protect the omega-3 fatty acids in the flaxseeds, store them in an air-tight container. Consume at least two tablespoon of flaxseeds daily to get an adequate supply of omega-3 fatty acids.

Chia seeds

You can chew on crunchy chia seeds as a snack or add them to your salads. Chia seeds are extremely good for your digestive system, as they are rich in fibre and will help keep you regular. They also prevent the breaking down of carbohydrates in the body, as they slow down the action of the enzymes on the carbohydrates. Chia seeds also provide stability and endurance.

Walnuts

Walnuts have an impressive amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Besides, they are also a good source of fibre, protein, and iron. Walnuts are also good for your heart, because they contain low cholesterol. You just need to consume a handful of walnuts per day, to give you a sufficient amount of omega-3 fatty acids.

Soybeans

Various soy products like soybeans or soy milk are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. A small cup of soy milk is sufficient to fulfill your daily requirements. It is also low in cholesterol, and packed with vital minerals and vitamins. Besides, it is also rich in fibre, iron, calcium, protein, vitamin K and folate. 

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and other essential nutrients like potassium, magnesium and niacin, which help promote a healthy heart.

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