Five Reasons To Take Omega-3 Fatty Acids
It’s the super supplement every health professional is talking about: omega 3 fatty acid. Essential to human growth but not naturally produced in the body, the only way of obtaining these fatty acids is through food or supplements. Found in oily fish, nut oils, algae and krill, boosting your body’s intake of omega-3 has many benefits.
1. It Helps Your Heart
It sounds extreme, but studies have found that increasing your intake of EPA and DHA omega-3 - specifically found in fish oil - can drastically reduce your chance of sudden death or risk of repeated heart attack following a heart attack. In addition, fish oil has been shown to lower levels of fats in the blood, as well as slowing the chance of plaque and blood clots, which can lead to the hardening of the arteries. There is other convincing evidence to suggest omega-3 can also help with high blood pressure and cholesterol, making it a worthy addition to your diet.
2. It’s Good For Your Waistline
The tide is slowly turning when it comes to attitudes towards healthy fats, with health experts promoting the importance of a balanced diet inclusive of plant-based fats and oil, oily fish, nuts and seeds. Studies have shown that adding these healthy fats - including fish oil and other omega-3 rich foods - actually help promote weight loss and keep your hunger in check, fueling your body more effectively than a low fat diet or no fat diet does. So next time you’re shopping at the supermarket be sure to pick up some good quality plant-based oil, a few pieces of oily fish like mackerel or salmon and stock up on nuts like walnuts or almonds.
3. It Can Boost Your Mood
While the jury is still out on the effect omega-3s have on depression, there is some evidence to suggest DHA and EPA (two types of fatty acids) can help improve your mood and boost overall cognitive performance. DHA benefits brain development and performance, while EPA improves mood and behavior.
4. It Calms Inflammation
Inflammation is one of the biggest causes of disease, including serious illness like Alzheimer's and dementia, lupus and arthritis, and omega-3 fatty acids are shown to reduce inflammation in the body and specifically help with these ailments. In addition, a regular dose of good quality fish oil can boost brain function and ward off inflammatory gut issues too.
5. It Reduces Stress
Finding your stress levels soaring? It might be time to start taking fish oil. Studies have revealed that taking the supplement for as little as three weeks can have an impact on your cortisol and adrenaline levels, helping to calm these known stress markers and leave you a little less anxious and frazzled.
Words by Yasemin Trollope, image under license of Shutterstock.com.
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