Why you need Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Review and Giveaway

Chances are you've heard the terms fatty acid, EFAs and omega-3 before, but do you know what a fatty acid really is or why your body needs it? No sweat! I make it all very easy for you to understand.  What about the different types of fatty acids, what foods you can naturally find them in and whether or not you should supplement? 
 
Fatty acids are important for all systems of the body to function normally, including your skin, respiratory system, circulatory system, brain and organs. The two essential fatty acids that the human body cannot produce are the omega-3 fatty acid and omega-6 fatty acid, which are important for brain development, immune system function and blood pressure regulation. Today we are going to talk about Omega-3. Stay tuned for my write up on Omega-6.

What is Omega-3 Fatty Acid?

Omega-3 fatty acids, also known as "good fats,"  are essential for optimal health. Like vitamins and minerals, omega-3 must be provided by our diet as it is not produced by our bodies. Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) are the active forms of omega-3 required by the body to perform vital functions.


Omega-3 Foods
Fatty Fish, Eggs, Nuts and Seeds, Flax Seed and Flax Oil, Leafy Green Vegetables, Spirulina



Omega-3 function in the body 
 
Promotes cardiovascular health  
Reduces inflammation  
Supports mental focus and cognitive function  
Supports positive mood and emotional well-being
Promotes brain, eye and nervous system health  
Supports healthy immune system function  
Enhances appearance of skin and hair
Promotes optimal fat metabolism

Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acid 

 

Research on the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acid have shown that it may be useful for supporting the following conditions.

  • Asthma 
  • Diabetes 
  • Arthritis 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Some Cancers 
  • Skin Problems
  • High Cholesterol 
  • High Blood Pressure 
  • Attention Disorders
  • Depression
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Obesity 


    Why you Should Supplement

    If you don’t eat fish—the main food source of the omega-3s DHA and EPA—at least two to three times a week, you might consider a supplement. Go for DHA+EPA. Studies suggest that this combination of omega-3s is best for overall health (e.g., preventing heart disease and depression, promoting healthy brain development). A third type of omega-3 fat, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), found in flax, is not very effective at promoting overall health but is still very healthy for you and a great complement to a whole and healthy diet.

    Individuals who consume a high amount of fatty fish in their diet tend not to need to supplement with fish oil  as much or as often, however you should also remember that many of the fish varieties do contain higher levels of mercury, which also needs to be monitored in the human body.


    If these levels of mercury get too high, that can cause a boat load of problems, so it's vital that you keep a good balance. A high quality and trusted fish oil supplement along with fatty fish on occasion will be the best way to meet your body's needs safely.


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