Fatty acids are important for many metabolism processes in the body.
But most of our daily food such as industrial manufactured food contains more omega-6 than omega-3. Too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3 can cause inflammatory-related diseases/symptoms. This body-reaction can have negative effect on the immune system, although omega-6 is good to health, but in small amount.
Omega-3 good sources are to be found in walnuts and walnut oil, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil, soy oil and flax oil.
Walnuts They are known for his good source of the bioflavonoid quercetin. Quercetin has anti-inflammatory effect and it is an antioxidant.
Quercetin inhibits uric acid production in a similar fashion to the drug allopurinol.
Walnut Oil It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties to treat chronic inflammations such as gout. Cold-pressed walnut oil is tasty and delicious for several salads f.e. such as fruit salads.
Flax Oil It has some properties for a natural anti-inflammatory treatment. Also are flax seed and flax oil an ideal liver and digestion support. These effects are important for processes of detoxification and will also help reduce uric acid levels. Flax seed can be used as ingredient in a fruit salad. The pure flax seed oil is f.e. tasty in radish salad. Also you can add a few drops of flax oil in combination with an other oil in your meals.
Pumpkin Seeds and the Cold-Pressed Oil It contains alpha-linolenic acid (also known as ALA) and are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 can be helpful to reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and it decreases inflammatory response.
Studies have shown that pumpkin seed oil has more potential energy than the non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drug Indomethacin. For a light snack you can roast some pumpkin seeds in a dry pan. It is a healthy snack with anti-inflammatory effect.