16Most people know about the importance of essential fatty acids, even if they don’t know it by name. There are basically 2 kinds – omega-3s and omega-6s. Since our body can’t make these on its own, we have to consume it through diet and supplements. And when consumed regularly, they provide some amazing health benefits. Here’s a list of some of the top dog foods in the fatty acid world.

Top dogs of the omega-3 world

Omega-3 is excellent for cardiovascular health. Foods high in omega-3 span the range from fish to seeds and nuts. They include sardines, mackerel, flax seeds, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds and canola oil. You may consume these foods already. If so, that’s great. Consider consuming more. And if there’s a food on this list you don’t eat often, try introducing it into your regular diet.

Top dogs of the omega-6 world

Most people aren’t lacking when it comes to omega-6s like they are when it comes to omega-3s. Omega-6s can be found in vegetable oils like soybean oil and in pretty much any processed food. They can also be found in dairy, meats and seeds. When consumed in moderation it can be good for the heart as well. While you’re probably getting enough omega-6, it’s still important that you’re aware of how it’s consumed.

Also, you should consider upping your intake of omega-3, so that the two are balanced.

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