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How to Eat Essential Fatty Acids – 12 New Ideas

How to Eat Essential Fatty Acids – 12 New Ideas

12 tips to help you get in enough essential fatty acidsEssential fatty acids are a major part of the fertility diet, but many of you may be asking how do I eat them? What foods are they in? Here are 12 new ideas you can try to get more of those hormone-balancing, ovulation-boosting oils in your diet…

1. Sprinkle flaxseeds on your oatmeal in the morning. Even better, grind them fresh in your coffee grinder, then add them to salads and cereal.

2. Add flaxseed oil to your yogurt.

3. Eat a smoothie that contains evening primrose oil, almond butter, banana, cocoa powder and acai. Evening primrose oil helps to boost ovulation and acai is an antioxidant powerhouse that also contains EFAs.

4. Do cod liver oil shooters. Take a shot glass, fill 1/2 with OJ, and one teaspoon cod liver oil and throw it down the hatch.

5. Make an essential fatty acid snack; combine
2 T flaxseeds
1 cup macadamia nuts
Dates (pitted) enough to make a dough consistency

-Put in food processor and mix until a firm dough consistency, put in a plastic bag and munch!

6. Eat lots of wild Alaskan salmon, it contains tons of Omega 3’s (the EFA we lack most of in our diets). Salmon can be used in breakfast, lunch and dinner… I love to make salmon for dinner and plan for extras that can be used for salmon omelets or salmon spinach salad with pine nuts, goat cheese, and cranberries.

7. Eat grass-fed bison, new studies show that organic grass-fed meats contain essential fatty acids. Meat from grass-fed animals has two to four times more omega-3 fatty acids then meat from grain-fed animals.

8. EFAs come in capsule form, so for those of you on the go, make sure you have a bottle with you in your purse. If eaten between meals they also help with increasing metabolism and weight loss.

9. Use Udo’s Wholesome Fast Food and sprinkle on salads, fruit, yogurt, and smoothies. This essential fatty acid blend contains a wide variety of EFA’s freshly ground for convenience. It does actually taste really good.

10. Make an EFA Balsamic salad dressing

1/2 cup Olive oil
1/4 cup flaxseed oil
1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
1 Shallot; finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

-Put into a blender and enjoy. Refrigerate.

11. Eat seaweeds. Seaweeds contain essential fatty acids also! When you go out for sushi try the seaweed salad, it tastes really good and is packed with EFA’s.

12. Try Hemp Protein Powder. Hemp contains a ton of essential fatty acids, protein, and fiber. Add the protein powder to your smoothies for a healthy meal!

Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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    What EFA capsule do you recommend?

  2. Update 2014 – We are back! We have been away for a while and we sure have missed all of your wonderful questions and thoughts on our articles. Moving forward, one of our staff herbalists will be here to respond to comments! We look forward to connecting with our readers once again!

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    Dear Doctor,
    Thanks you very much for educating us on fertility diets and how we can use them.
    I live in Ghana, West Africa. I have been reading your educative articles on the foods to eat in order to boost my wifes fertility and i but the problem i have is that , i believe most of the names of the herbs or foods that you give is from your native language so we find it difficult knowing some of them or finding them. So i want to know whether you have any shops or distributors of your products in Ghana. Thanks.

    • Hi saliah yao,

      I am sorry we do not. We only sell our products online through our Natural Fertility Shop. We ship internationally.

      I am glad you like the articles.

      All the best,