Omega-3: the good oil!

Omega-3 fatty acids hit the headlines in the 1970s, when studies were taken on the Inuit Eskimos of Greenland. The Inuit had very low incidences of heart disease, despite a high-fat diet, and it was discovered that the fat from fish contained a lot of long-chain omega-3 fats (eicosapentanoic acid or EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA).

While these nutrients are essential for our well-being, we are unable to produce them and must get them through our diet. The ‘good fat’, Omega-3, is found in seafood and some plants. Flaxseed and walnuts are good sources, and there are many high quality supplements available.

Nothing  Unused

Omega-3 is used by every cell in our bodies, and the essential fatty acid (EFA) is (thought) to have beneficial (somethings) in a huge range of conditions. And it is also required by every cell to function properly, says CNN.

Conditions That Omega 3 is Beneficial To

There are a number of conditions that gets better when one includes Omega 3 in their diet. Here are some:

Heart disease:

Research supports the findings from the Innuit studies. Omega-3 fatty acids may benefit heart health with the following:

  • Decrease triglycerides
  • Lower blood pressure slightly
  • Reduce blood clotting
  • Decrease risk of strokes and heart failure risk
  • Reduce irregular heartbeats

Arthritis and joint mobility:

Omega-3s are a potent anti-inflammator yand may support joint comfort, mobility and flexibility. Supplements are often used by arthritis sufferers.

Depression and mental health:

Some studies have found that people who took omega-3 fatty acids in addition to prescription antidepressants had a greater improvement in symptoms than those who took antidepressants alone, and that omega-3 fatty acid intake helps protect against postpartom depression, among other benefits. Depression is a serious illness and you should not try to treat it on your own. See a doctor for help.

Vision and eye care:

Omega-3s are important in the development of brain and visual function in infants, and are also associated with retaining those functions throughout life. People with a healthy dietary balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and more fish in their diets were less likely to have macular degeneration.

Skin:

It helps protect your skin from sun damage. Omega 3 also keeps your cell membranes healthy, you know, the larger part of your skin. Healthy membranes mean healthy skin – soft, moist, and wrinkle-free!

Omega-3 fatty acids may also assist in reducing cholesterol, stabilising blood pressure, stroke prevention, diabetes, osteoporosis, ADHD, cancer prevention, particularly colon, prostate and breast cancer, menopause and menstrual discomfort – results vary between women, however many women report definite improvement, and brain function.

Moderation is key

However, like most things, you should not take more than 3 grams daily of omega-3 fatty acids from capsules without the supervision of a health care provider, as more than this may increase bleeding. 

Pregnant women should also take precaution when taking in omega 3 supplements.

Nutritional Testing

Now, if you aren’t sure how much Omega 3 you need or are taking in, getting a nutritional testing is best most logical thing to do. Vitamin and nutritional testing will measure one’s blood and urine samples of particular vitamins – if they are deficient or excessive, then one can get necessary supplements needed. Here is you chance to get a nutritional testing at 15% off – click here. If excesses are found, a dietician will help one with a diet plan.

Good Sources of Omega 3

To make sure that you get your good oil properly, here are some of the best sources:

 

  • Fish and other seafood ( cold-water fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, caviar, oysters)
  • Nuts and seeds (flaxseeds, chia, and walnuts)
  • Fortified foods (eggs and joghurt, meat)

 

 


 

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Written by

Marie Gizelle

Marie is a 38-year-old mom who enjoys having facials and a good mask even at home.