Omega 3’s. What Are They?

They are polyunsaturated fats that have so many wonderful benefits in the human body. There should be a delicate balance between omega 6s and omega 3s. The problem lies in the overconsumption of omega 6s. These sources come from olive oil, olives, nuts, seeds and other cooking oils. With the over consumption of Omega 6s, not enough Omega 3s are being consumed. Basically, if too much omega 6?s are consumed, along with a diet high in meats and dairy, then this can create more inflammation in the body. To counteract this, you need to consume more Omega 3s sources.

Please Note: Oil from cold water fish are broken down into docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Your body prefers these sources, in order to get the maximum benefit. Vegetarians, who don’t consume fish, must get their omega 3 sources from plant based foods. The omega 3s found in these plant based foods contain alpha linolenic acid (ALA). Your body must then covert the ALA into the DHA and EPA pathway of your body.

Where do I find Omega 3s?

The best place is cold water fish. Fish such as anchovies, herring, mackerel, salmon and sardines are rich in EPA and DHA. For vegetarians, flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts are also high in omega 3.

Is it better to take supplements or eat the actual fish?

Eating fish high in omega 3s must be from wild, organic cold water fish. If it is not, then you risk injesting pesticides, mercury, lead, PCB’s, dyes, hormones and anti-biotics that are commonly found in farm raised fish. On the flip side, supplements are free from all these chemicals. They are moleculary distilled from their source and do not contain anti-biotics, or hormones or pesticides. Look for one that has a reputable name brand and has been backed up by quality testing.

What are the benfits of Omega 3?s?

Here is a list of what these cold water fish can do, or if you are a vegetarian, what plants can do.

Anti-inflammatory

Decreases severity of arthritis

Improves brain power

Improves memory

Benefits with Alzheimers

Improves appearance of skin and hair

Helps with acne, eczcema, psoriasis, burns

Helps with allergies, diabetes, ADD, ADHD

Helps with anxiety, depression, stress, mood swings

Helps with heart disease (makes platelets less sticky in your blood)

Helps reduce cholesterol

Helps reduce blood pressure

Helps with weight loss

Helps with Crohns Disease

Eases menstrual cramps and the list goes on…

If you are not currently taking any fish oil, then try supplementing with them, or consume wild, organic omega 3 fish in your diet. Take note on how you feel or act.

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