Omega-3 fats are essential to your overall health and they can be found in fatty layers of cold-water fish and shellfish, flaxseed, fortified foods, plant and nut oils, algae oils, and English walnuts. You can also get omega-3s as supplements.
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are two types of Omega-3 fats, and can be found on fish and krill. They are mostly known for their beneficial effects on your heart.
Low concentrations of EPA and DHA may result in an accelerated cognitive decline as well as an increased risk of death. Several studies also suggest that a higher intake of omega-3s may bring certain benefits that short-term supplements cannot give.
Omega-3, Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) have a lot of benefits in many health problems, from mental and behavioral health to preventing premature death. Their main benefits include:
Heart Health: A study was made proving that on heart attack survivors, patients who were taking fish oil showed a drastic decrease in their risk of facing a heart attack, a stroke, or even death. Omega-3 fats also help to prevent cardiac arrhythmia
Normalizes Your Cholesterol Levels: Another study showed the positive effects of Omega-3 fats in controlling your cholesterol levels. They reduced the enzyme activity that causes the liver to metabolize fat, reducing liver triglycerides significantly more.
General Brain Functions: Omega-3 fats also showed to improve general brain functions including Parkinson’s disease and memory. With EPA and DHA your brain’s dopamine levels are high, the neuronal growth in the frontal cortex of your brain increases as well as the cerebral circulation.
Osteoporosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis: They help to prevent fatty deposits and fibrosis of the inner layer of your arteries and act as anti-inflammatory. This results in a relief of the heat, pain, swelling and others.
- Retinal and Brain Development in Infancy.
- Autoimmune disorders like lupus and nephropathy.
- Chron’s disease.
- Breast, prostate and colon cancers.
- Anti-Thrombotic: They help prevent a blood clot with a blood vessel or thrombosis.
- Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS): Omega-3 has been helping saving children who are born with their intestine not completely formed yet.
You can find animal-based Omega-3 fats in different foods:
Fish: In the old days, fish could give you the omega-3 fats you needed. But now, with all the toxins and pollutants like the heavy metals present on the sea, eating fish is not even recommended anymore. The only exceptions are the wild-caught Alaskan salmon and the very small fish like sardines.
Fish oil: High-quality fish oils can certainly provide many benefits to your health. However, this oil doesn’t have enough antioxidants.
Krill oil: Its antioxidant potency is 48 times higher than fish oil.
Omega-3, EPA, and DHA have a lot of benefits to your health. They don’t only help you prevent some diseases as they help you get better as well. Make sure you include the Omega-3 fats in your regular diet, to maintain a healthy life.
Check out this short video on DHA’s importance.