Omega 3 is a fatty acid that, unlike many other essential fatty acids (which doctors advise to avoid consuming) has many benefits for our health. Omega 3 is, therefore, a “good fat”. Because it cannot be produced by the human body, this type of acid is synthesized from the foods we eat.
Omega 3 – Benefits for Your Health
The health benefits are varied but one of the most important ones is reducing the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Consumption of foods containing Omega 3 helps blood vessels maintain their elasticity, thus preventing the occurrence of heart disease or any other heart complication. It also helps in cases of poor blood circulation.
Since Omega 3 improves the circulation and blood flow, it helps people with clotting disorders, preventing thrombosis.
Omega 3 also stimulates the immune system, helps maintain skin suppleness and elasticity, a lack of this fatty acid resulting in dull and dry skin.
Another benefit would be to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a disease as common as cardiovascular disease. In close connection with this disease, a sufficient intake of Omega 3 can demonstrate its benefits regarding depression. In this case “good fats” are helpful.
Omega 3 has also demonstrated effects against asthma, against inflammations of any kind (such as rheumatism), diabetes and skin diseases.
Sources of Omega 3
Foods that contain Omega 3 can be divided into two categories: fish and plants.
The “fish” category is perhaps the most known. There are various fish species from which to choose, all up to your preferences: tuna, trout, salmon, mackerel, sardines. Some experts warn about the way environment in which the fish grows modifies the fish’s taste and quality of Omega 3. So, water polution is an important factor and shouldn’t be ignored.
In the “plants” category, Omega 3 is present in various vegetables, such as beans, soybeans, flaxseed, nuts, seaweed, pumpkin seeds. Omega 3 is also found in olive and canola oil.
Last but not least, experts point out the fact that Omega 3 is better absorbed by the body if it is associated with other types of “good fats” such as omega 6. If there is sufficient intake of Omega 3 in a diet, most doctors often prescribe certain dietary supplements, which do not replace natural sources but add to their proprieties.