In the last post we saw why Essential Fatty Acids, or EFAs, are so vital to our natural health (see previous post – E is for Essential Fatty Acids – EFAs).
Now we’ll look at the foods you should be eating in order to get adequate amounts of these nutritional giants.
Flaxseed oil which should be refrigerated has the highest content of linolenic acid of any food. Foods derived from flax like flaxseeds themselves and flaxseed meal are great providers of EFAs. Other nuts and seeds are also good sources – pumpkin seeds, hempseed and hempseed oil, walnuts, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts and sesame seeds. Leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale, purslane (verdolagos for those of you in Mexico), mustard greens and collards, etc. Oils such as canola oil (cold-pressed and unrefined), soybean oil, wheat germ oil can provide EFAs. And most fatty fishes such as salmon, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, albacore tuna, and others.
One tablespoon per day of flaxseed oil can give you the recommended daily adult portion of linolenic acid. If you can’t or won’t eat enough of the foods listed here to get an adequate amount of EFAs, then please consider taking Essential Fatty Acid supplements to provide your body with this vital nutrition!