Omega 3 & the link to vitamins and minerals from produce

We know fats are essential for our diet but how do we get more of it from the plants we grow? Beans, oily fish, and Grass fed beef contain omega 3. “The brain is half fat and 1/4 of that is omega 3 according to the series season 1 : Episode 3 we are what we eat Food: Delicios Science. In the series they discussed Scottish cattle deriving the omega 3 from highland clover. A cow that is not pasture raised will not have omega 3 because grain does not have it. Diseases such as diabetes and arthritis have been linked directly to a shortage of omega 3 when excess omega 6 is present according to the series. Things like vegetable oils and other readily available things contain omega 6. We need 16 essential minerals for our bodies to function correctly which is iron from meat for red blood cells, sodium from salt for our nervous system magnesium from nuts for the bodies biochemical functions, calcium phosphate from milk which is needed for our bones. Milk also contains lactose so some people cannot tolerate that. Yogurt bacteria however breaks down most of the lactose and makes it possible to consume by the people who cannot tolerate the lactose. Vitamin C that occurs in Citrus and other fruits is essential for our body to use that calcium to make bone. Vitamin c also strengthens blood vessels and gives the skin it’s elasticity. The 8 types of b vitamins are important such as the b6 found in nuts is for the nervous system to process amino acids to repair muscle and organs. Vitamin E from avocado helps acts as an antioxidant, vitamin A from carrots fights infections and keeps our eyes healthy, vitamin k from leafy greens helps our blood clot, our digestive system is only able to absorb calcium if vitamin d is present from sunshine. Mushrooms are a potential source of vitamin D also if the are left in the sun they collect it. It’s a fascinating series if your interested in healthy living I highly recommend it. The produce we raise is obviously essential to longevity!