Omega-3 fatty acids – Know your supplements

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Incredibly important and with  many powerful health benefits for your body and brain. There  are few nutrients that have been studied as thoroughly as omega-3 fatty acids.

Health Benefits :

1. Omega-3 supplements may help prevent and treat depression and anxiety. EPA seems to be the most effective at fighting depression.

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2. An omega-3 fatty acid called DHA is a major structural component of your eyes retinas. It may help prevent macular degeneration, which can cause vision impairment and blindness.

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3.Getting enough omega-3s during pregnancy and early life is crucial for your child’s development. Supplementing is linked to higher intelligence and a lower risk of several diseases.

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4.Omega-3s improve numerous heart disease risk factors. However, omega-3 supplements do not seem to reduce your risk of heart attacks or strokes.

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5.Omega-3 supplements can reduce the symptoms of ADHD in children. They improve attention and reduce hyperactivity, impulsiveness and aggression.

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6.Omega-3s can have numerous benefits for people with metabolic syndrome. They can reduce insulin resistance, fight inflammation and improve several heart disease risk factors.

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7.Omega-3s can reduce chronic inflammation, which can contribute to heart disease, cancer and various other diseases.

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8.Omega-3 fatty acids can help fight several autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and psoriasis.

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9.People with mental disorders often have low blood levels of omega-3 fats. Improving omega-3 status seems to improve symptoms.

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10.Omega-3 fats may help prevent age-related mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease, but more research is needed.

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11.Omega-3 intake may decrease the risk of some types of cancer, including colon, prostate and breast cancer.

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12.Omega-3 intake has been associated with a lower risk of asthma in both children and young adults.

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13.Omega-3 fatty acids reduce liver fat in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

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14.Omega-3s may improve bone strength and joint health, potentially reducing your risk of osteoporosis and arthritis.

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15.Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce menstrual pain and may even be more effective than ibuprofen, an anti-inflammatory drug.

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16.Omega-3 fatty acids — especially DHA — may improve the length and quality of your sleep.

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17.Omega-3s can help keep your skin healthy, preventing premature aging and safeguarding against sun damage.

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Sources of Omega-3 Fatty acid :
Can be obtained by eating oily fish or fish oil, for example, cod liver, herring, mackerel, salmon, menhaden and sardine, and various types of edible seaweed and phytoplankton.

Soy beans, Walnuts, Chia seeds, Flax seeds, kale, spinach, and other dark leafy greens is another excellent choice for vegetarians.

Write up by Nitu Bajwa 
Nutrition and Fitness Coach
NESTA certified

http://www.nitubajwa.com

Ref : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
PubMed.gov
http://www.healthline.com