Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids work several ways in the heart. The most crucial for of omega 3 fatty acids are known as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Longer chain fatty acid (EPA and DHA) appears to prevent blood clotting, irregular heartbeat, decrease blood fat (triglycerides) and helps in decrease inflammation. Here below 9 health benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids, The World’s Healthiest Foods.

Researches show that regular supplement of omega 3 fatty acids in prescribed quantity may lower the risk of chronic diseases like heart problems, cancer and arthritis.

Omega 3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in brain and play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth of body function. I recommend krill oil before and during pregnancy to give your child a better health. Consult your doctor before consuming as it may interact with your daily medications.

9 Health Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
9 Health Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Docosahexaenoic acid, DHA is most essential form of fatty acid and is important during pregnancy and breastfeeding. DHA is absolutely crucial for the development of nervous system. Breast milk, the best source of nutrition for infant contains DHA but amount of DHA in breast milk is related to mother DHA status, a balanced diet is must both for healthy mother and healthy infant.

Peoples who get high amount of omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil, krill oil and from other reputed marine animals tends to have increased HDL cholesterol and decrease high level blood fat, but remember when it comes to nutrient or vitamins, more is not always better.

It is recommended to eat fish that are high in EPA and DHA fatty acids, 2-3 times (no more than 7 ounces) or according to FDA, 2000 milligrams of combined EPA and DHA in a day is safe but pregnant woman and children’s need to consult with health advisor for exact recommended dosage.

Some research found that fish oil (EPA and DHA) lowers the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children’s and improve their thinking, learning and mental power.

Several clinical studies show that peoples who are taking 3-5 grams (as prescribed by physician) of omega-3 fatty acid in their daily diet may reduce the risk of blood pressure.

Foods that are rich source of monosaturated and polysaturated fatty acids are good for heart. Clinical evidence shows that peoples who taking EPA and DHA, two fatty acids often found in fish oils and krill oils are great for peoples with heart problems.

Decrease triglycerides, diabetic patient often have low HDL cholesterol and high fat in the blood. Omega-3 fatty acid (only EPA and DHA for diabetic patients) from fish oil or from other rich sources such as krill oils helps to raise the HDL cholesterol and lower the fats in the blood.

Precautions before Consuming Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids from reputed sources have many health benefits covering from mental health to behavioral health but before consuming this fatty acid remember some potential side effects of omega 3 fatty acids and it’s interaction with your daily medications.

It is good idea to eat fatty fish but make sure that your family and children’s are getting right type of omega 3 fatty acids in their diet. We recommend krill oil, it’s highly sustainable source because some fish (wild swordfish, mackerel, albacore tuna, tilefish and shark) potentially contains harmful contaminants like dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals such as mercury, radioactive poisons or environmental toxins, always buy from reputable source only.

Our normal body has the capability of converting shorter chain omega-3 fatty acid (ALA) to more important longer chain omega 3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) but the diabetic peoples have the lack of this capability. Diabetic patients and the peoples having the risk of bleeding should seek medical advice before taking omega-3 fatty acid supplements.

Whenever possible try to consume omega 3 fatty acids from direct source like wild salmon (avoid farmed salmon), tuna, bluefish, wild trout, mackerel, herring, anchovies etc rather than from supplements.

As fish and fish oils are good for brain and proper body functions and also protect against prostate cancer but some suggest that alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) may associate with increase the risk of prostate cancer in men – need more research in this area.

Some recent researches and studies failed to support that long chain omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil supplement have any beneficial effect in preventing heart attack, cardiac arrest or strokes.

Final Point of Remember:

Before taking any of the supplements or omega-3 capsules, consult your doctor or health advisor because some peoples have specific recommendation and warnings depending on their health.

Related Topics: Food Sources of Omega 3

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