By now you would have heard about Omega-3 and probably think that it has been a little over hyped!
Not to put too fine a point on it – it is by all research accounts as good and important as the hype suggests.
Now there are some provisos that will be explained later. The benefits are as follows:
- Omega-3 benefits your heart health. Studies show anti-arrhythmic effect (irregular heart beat), anti-thrombotic effect (blood clotting), anti-atherosclerotic effect (preventing fatty deposits in arteries).
- Omega-3 normalizes and regulates your cholesterol triglyceride levels better than statin drugs (cholesterol lowering medication). Studies show an anti-inflammatory effect.
- DHA affects your child’s learning and behavior. Studies revealed reduced levels of omega 3 in ADHD children. Omega-3 has such great impact on your brain health – EPA and DHA keep the dopamine levels in your brain high, increases neuronal growth and cerebral circulation.
So are you getting enough?
Enough from the correct source and in the correct ratio is probably more to the point. In a healthy state you are best to get your Omega-3 from wild caught seafood. But if you intend to utilise the benefits of Omeag-3 for specific disorders you will need to supplement. The best source to use is Krill oil. It is much better absorbed by the body. For optimal health it is suggested the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 (vegetable oils) should be close to 1:1. This ratio is likely close to 1:20 or more on a standard western diet.
Omega-3 benefits cover many areas of health, from mental and behavioral health to preventing premature death from disease.
So it is about time that we truly consider the long term benefits and strategically add it to our diets.
Here are some of the possible conditions that benefit from Omega 3:
Coronary heart disease and stroke.
Essential fatty acid deficiency in infancy (retinal and brain development).
Autoimmune disorders, e.g. lupus.
Cancers of the breast, colon, and prostate.
General brain function, including memory and Parkinson’s disease.