Monday, July 20, 2009

Omega 3: The Good Fat

Omega 3 fatty acids offer a wide range of health benefits and should be part of our daily diet. My littlest sister, Natanya, filled me in on this after taking a nutrition class in college. Natanya is usually right about most things dealing with nutrition, so I immediately went out and bought a bottle from the local drugstore. My other sister, Brittany, who is currently in medical school, noticed me taking omega 3 pills and laughed at me! She told me it was ridiculous to take fish oil (Omega 3) pills at the ripe age of 27, because they are primarily to keep your brain sharp and prevent Alzheimer’s. I immediately thought it was time to investigate. Brittany, this entry is dedicated to you.

Here is what I found:

There are various sources of omega 3 fatty acids, where the most well known are fish oil and flaxseed oil.

Omega 3 fish oil is probably the most beneficial source of omega 3 fatty acids. It can be found in cold water fish, like mackerel, tuna, salmon and herring, but is also available in form of pills. The advantage of omega-3 nutritional supplements is that most of the contaminants (such as PCB and metals) are removed during the purification process. Also, when you buy omega 3 nutritional supplements, make sure they contain antioxidants. They will keep your supplements fresh and help to eliminate the incidences of fish burps.

Health Benefits from omega 3 fish oils:

* They can help to increase your energy level.
* Might prevent certain types of cancer
* Improve your sleep
* Reduce inflammation
* Improve muscle recovery from trauma
* Help with arthritis.
* Can improve constipation.
* Provide lubrication to the skin, arteries, veins and intestinal tract.
* Help to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
* Help to improve concentration
* Benefit for diseases like: Alzheimer’s, depression and many other cognitively impaired situations.
* Reduces high blood pressure and lowers cholesterol.
* Might improve the healing capability for various health problems.

So, this is quite an impressive list of health benefits, but you should also be aware that omega 3 fish oil isn't a "miracle drug" that helps you to get rid of all kinds of health benefits in an instant. It's more of a preventative measure for a healthy life and future. With a long list like this, it would be silly not to take them.

Where to buy them? I buy mine at the local drug store in the vitamin isle.

Here is the source where I found this information: . However, I visited a couple other websites with concurrent information.

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1 comment:

natanya said...

ha ha Brittany, see I am right! I told you guys! They also did a study that was televised showing two individuals who had similar diets, one that took a daily dosage of omega 3s and one who didn't, and there was a large difference with cleaner, healthier arteries in the individual who did take them