Omega - 3 and You


Omega-3 fatty acids are vital nutrients, obtained from food or supplements, that help build and maintain a healthy body.

 

As well as being a great source of energy, omega-3s play a pivotal role in the structure of our cell walls. They also keep the heart, lungs, blood vessels, and immune system in working order.

 

The incredible health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids include:

 

  • A decreased risk of heart disease. High triglyceride levels – a type of fat called lipid that circulates in the blood – can increase the risk of heart disease and strokes. Fish oil is known to lower triglyceride levels;

  • Easing joint pain. Fish oil not only helps with rheumatoid arthritis it also boosts the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs;

  • Reducing asthma risk by lowering inflammation. Inflammation causes the inner lining of the airways to swell and produce mucus;

  • Reduced ADHD symptoms. Studies have shown that fish oil has helped some ADHD children improve their ability to think, remember, and learn;

  • Increased protection against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia;

  • Aiding child development. Omega-3s are important for the visual and neurological development of infants;

  • Helping with depression. Cultures that typically eat food high in omega-3s have lower levels of depression.

 

Two of the most important omega-3s are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Both are primarily found in certain varieties of fish. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), is another omega-3 that can be found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds.

 

Good sources of EPA and DHA include:

 

  • Anchovies

  • Herring

  • Salmon

  • Sardines

  • Lake trout

  • Tuna

 

While eating fatty fish is a good source of omega-3, some fish may have higher levels of mercury, so stick to wild trout and wild salmon if you can.

 

Good food sources of ALA are:

  • Walnuts

  • Flaxseed and flaxseed oil

  • Canola oil

  • Soybean oil

  • Chia seeds

 

If you are at all concerned about your omega-3 levels, contact us today. As well as testing, our team can advise you on the best way to increase your future omega-3 intake in order to protect your current and future health.




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