Green foods and omega-3s
Lynsey Walker, MSc
Green foods and omega-3s are a perfect food pair, working together to support optimal health.
Some things just go together: peanut butter and jelly, wine and cheese, soup and salad. But when it comes to your health there is one pairing that may not immediately spring to mind: greens and omega-3s.
A healthy combination
This food combination plays a large role in the much-touted Mediterranean diet. Long touted as one of the world’s healthiest ways to eat, the Mediterranean diet is centred on antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies along with daily doses of good quality fats.
It is no surprise that time and again, the Mediterranean diet has been linked with protection against heart attack and stroke, atherosclerosis, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower risk of developing certain types of cancer. Those who follow a Mediterranean diet may also have a reduced risk of developing macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly.
While there is no substitute for a healthy, well-balanced diet, sometimes our hectic schedules get the best of us. And even with the best diet, exposure to environmental toxins, increased levels of stress, and sedentary lifestyles can put us at greater risk for developing these chronic diseases that the Mediterranean diet may protect against.
Greens and omega-3s support health
So why the combination of greens and omega-3s for optimizing health? When you consider some of the underlying causes of these chronic diseases, you start to uncover some common themes: poor blood sugar balance, poor weight management, free-radical damage, and inflammation.
By supplementing a good diet and healthy lifestyle with a green food supplement combined with high-quality omega-3s, you take steps toward maximizing nourishment and providing the body with anti-inflammatory nutrients and a wide spectrum of antioxidants.
Think of this combination as foundational nutrition. By supporting the diet through the power of whole foods, combined with healthy, anti-inflammatory fats and an active lifestyle, we are more likely to benefit from stronger bones, better skin, reduced pain and stiffness in our joints, a better immune system, and decreased risk of developing those very serious diseases that affect not only our longevity but also the quality of our lives.