10 Major Omega 3 Benefits
Omega 3 benefits our bodies in a number of ways but our bodies cannot make it so we have to source it from our diets. We know that we need Omega 3 but did you know that there are three different types of this fatty acid?
3 Different Types of Omega 3
Omega 3 is a polyunsaturated fat (a good fat) and comes in three different forms, or chains: Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA), Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA).
ALA is more commonly found in plant sources such as walnuts, flax seed oil, soybean oil, olive oil, canola oil, algae oil, spinach, broccoli and kidney beans.
ALA cannot be used by the body so it has to convert it to DHA and EPA.
However, ALA usually converts to a large amount of EPA and a small amount of DHA.
On the other hand, the ALA found in algae oil only converts to DHA and not EPA.
DHA and EPA are found in oily fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines and anchovies.
Experts believe that DHA and EPA consumption is more beneficial than ALA because of the slow rate at which ALA converts. However, vegetarians can benefit from combining ALA rich foods or supplements with algae oil supplements.
10 Major Health Benefits of Omega 3
- Healthy adults will find that taking Omega 3 increases their energy levels.
- Omega 3 improves memory and concentration. Evidence suggests that Omega 3 may have a role to play in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
- A person with an Omega 3 deficiency may suffer from mood swings. These are eradicated once their Omega 3 intake is increased.
- Omega 3 provides healthy, glowing skin. The moisturising properties of Omega 3 may be helpful for people suffering from eczema and dermatitis.
- Omega 3 significantly lowers triglyceride levels. High triglyceride levels lead to heart disease. People with heart disease or at risk of heart disease benefit from taking high doses of Omega 3.
- The anti-inflammatory properties of Omega 3 lower blood pressure.
- People who have a healthy intake of Omega 3 have lower bad cholesterol levels.
- Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers find relief when taking Omega 3. This may be because of its anti-inflammatory effects or the fact that the oil lubricates the joints.
- Many asthma sufferers find their symptoms decrease when taking Omega 3. Again, this may be because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Patients with depression and/or bipolar disorder experience a decrease in symptoms when Omega 3 is coupled with their medication.
Further research is also ongoing as to the benefits that Omega 3 might have for people with diabetes, hepatitis C, osteoporosis, cystic fibrosis, autoimmune diseases, autism and ADHD. Some scientists also believe that Omega 3 may prevent stroke and macular degeneration.
As you can see, Omega 3 benefits a wide range of health issues and also plays an important role in the everyday health of the average adult.
For the best results, make sure to eat a balanced diet with plenty of plant oils and leafy green vegetables as well as two serves of oily fish per week, coupled with Omega 3 supplements.