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Just Say No! to Fish Burps

Just Say No! to Fish Burps


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I have already come out of the closet on my fish-phobia. I want to share my solution for ensuring I get my essential omega-3s!

I know, I know, it's my dietary loss. Fish is so versatile, fast and easy to prepare, and has lots of great nutrients. Seafood is a primary source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is considered an essential fatty acid because your body can't make them. You have to ingest them through food. Primarily fish.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to health, too. Here's what the folks from the University of Maryland Medical Center have to say:

"Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation."

Good health is a priority for me (especially healthy brain function!) So what to do if, like me, you don't have enough seafood in your diet?

Fortunately, it is very easy to supplement. Fish oil is available raw (ew- cod liver oil!) and in capsules. However, in researching fish oil supplements, I read rumors about nasty fish burps. Not willing to experiment myself, I avoided purchasing fish oil capsules.

One day a friend introduced me to Coromega a fish oil supplement with the consistency of yogurt and delivered in a squeeze-packet (much like ketchup). Coromega is marketed for kids who are more likely, I guess, to turn their noses up at a fish dinner, but I'm not too proud to buy it for myself. It comes in appealing flavors like lemon-lime and orange-chocolate.

More recently I discovered another great dessert-like fish oil product. Barlean's Omega Swirl Fish Oil Supplement comes in Mango Peach and Pina Colada flavors. Yippee!

These products are all-natural, but do have added sweeteners and flavorings. However for me, when the alternative is NO omega-3, this is an acceptable way to take the stuff in. And it also appeals to my picky-eater son. The two of us now stand a greater chance of enjoying healthy hearts and brains.

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Author: Elaine Morales

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