image_omega3Omega 3 Fatty Acids are considered essential fatty acids, as our body needs them for normal bodily functions. However, the human body does not have the ability to produce these fatty acids; we have to get them from food. Omega 3 is found in a number of plant and marine oils. There are several types of Omega 3 fatty acids, but the two most important ones are EPA and DHA, both of which are found in fish. ALA (another Omega 3) is found in plants, which is partially converted into EPA and DHA


Health Benefits

  1. Brain function – Most of our brain tissue consists of so-called “good” fats. Several studies have shown that a diet rich in Omega-3 results in increased learning ability, memory, focus, problem-solving skills, and communication between brain cells. It has also been discovered that such fatty acids help promote positive mood and emotional balance.
  2. Eye health – Omega 3 aids in both the prevention and treatment of a variety of ocular disorders.  Patients with dry eye syndrome respond well to the correct amount of Omega 3 supplementation.
  3. Hormone support- Studies have shown that infertility is directly related to the amount of fish oil you consume. Fish oil balances hormones, improves hormonal levels, and increases blood flow to the uterus. The more Omega 3 fatty acids you get, the greater your odds of conceiving.
  4. Inflammation reduction – Omega 3 fatty acids, especially DHA, have been shown to nutritionally balance the inflammatory response post-exercise. When you have adequate DHA intake, DHA displaces other pro-inflammatory polyunsaturated fatty acids in your cell membranes.
  5. Nervous system support – Omega 3 helps the nervous system avoid sensory overload.  Omega 3 deficiency, particularly DHA, can reduce the brain’s ability to handle sensory input. Moreover, even a small decrease in “brain DHA” can lead to losses in brain function.
  6. Prenatal health – Omega 3s have been found to be essential for both neurological and early visual development of a growing fetus. Omega 3s are also used after birth to produce breast milk. With each subsequent pregnancy, mothers are further depleted of Omega 3s. Research has confirmed that adding EPA and DHA to the diet of pregnant women has a positive effect on visual and cognitive development of their babies.
  7. Diabetes support – Diabetics tend to have high levels of triglycerides (fatty deposits) in their systems, as well as low HDL—so-called “good cholesterol.” Omega 3 fatty acids both lower triglyceride levels and raise HDL levels.
  8. Reduced hypertension – For people suffering from high blood pressure, the EFAs in Omega 3s can help significantly lower blood pressure by removing fatty deposits that clog the bloodstream and cause hypertension, which often leads to strokes.
  9. Lung health – Studies suggest that these essential nutrients can reduce asthma symptoms and reduce the amount of asthma medication needed. These kinds of results can help many people with intense asthma breathe easier, contributing to their overall lung health.
  10. Heart health – The American Heart Association says that Omega 3 plays a significant role in maintaining a normal heartbeat, supporting healthy triglyceride levels, and keeping blood vessels healthy.
  11. Breast health – Omega-3 fatty acids protect against breast cancer by decreasing the amount of estrogen that accumulates in the breast tissue. When excessive estrogen builds up, cells don’t divide as rapidly as they normally do in response to estrogen.
  12. Joint health – Omega 3 fats and fish oils are helpful for suppressing the joint inflammation and destruction that is common in arthritis. This is due to Omega 3’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Christian