omega-3 fatty acids - a priority supplement...

The importance of omega-3 'essential' fatty acids cannot be overstated. They are essential to human health, but because our bodies cannot synthesise them we need to obtain them through diet or supplementation. 

Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly found in marine and plant oils.

The most important omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). 

In general our diets today are incredibly deficient in omega-3 fatty acids - in fact, the average person eats only one-sixth of the omega-3 fatty acids that would have been found in the diet in 1850. This is largely due to food processing.

7 Reasons Why We Need Omega-3 Fatty Acids
1. To reduce inflammation in the body. Omega-3 fatty acids make prostaglandins, which are anti-inflammatory. These are important because they reduce inflammation in the body and balance out the inflammatory arachidonic acid - a type of omega-6 fatty acid - that is prevalent in today's diets.

2. To maintain the integrity and fluidity of cell membranes. Cell membranes are made up of fats, and a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids produces cell membranes that are rich in them too. 

This results in a high degree of fluidity within the cell membrane, encouraging optimal cellular function.

3. For joint health. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce joint pain because of their anti-inflammatory properties.  Fish oil supplementation has been shown to reduce the inflammation of arthritic conditions.

4. For brain health (preventing cognitive decline). This is another bonus resulting from the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids. It also appears that these fatty acids may be involved in encoding memories.

5. For mood support (and mental disorders). Plenty of evidence suggests that Omega-3 fatty acids are useful for general mood support and to counter depression. They have even shown to be helpful in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

6.  For heart health. Omega-3 fatty acids lower the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides circulating in the bloodstream. Their anti-inflammatory effect is also of benefit here. There is strong evidence that omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of a heart attack if you have already had one. They also help to thin the blood and generally protect against coronary heart disease.

7.  For skin health. Omega-3 fatty acids help to keep cell membranes smooth and soft, as well as controlling what goes in and out of the cells so they can effectively retain water. The result - your skin cells remain plump and supple.

This is by no means the end of the fact, it is just the beginning - the crux of the matter is that omega-3 fatty acids are essential for general health and well-being.

How do we obtain more Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
• Dietary sources - the best are quality oily fish (mackerel, salmon, sardines, anchovies and tuna) and eggs can be reliable sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

» Recommended Supplements: Krill Oil, Fish Oil.
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