Are you ‘obsessed’ about health and fitness? If not then you ought to be if yes then you must have know about the magical elixir of health: Omega 3. Omega 3 are the good fats (yes! fats can be good) with multiple health benefits. Let’s read more about them.
What is Omega 3:
Fats are always considered to be the ‘bad guys’ when health is the prime focus. However, Omega 3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid which has multiple health gains. Omega 3 are not produced by the body and they need to be included in the diet or taken as diet supplements.
How does Omega 3 benefit us:
- Omega 3 is essential for nearly all functions performed by the body.
- It helps maintain and improve the health of the heart and the brain, which includes dilatation and coarctation of blood vessels and blood coagulation or clotting.
- Omega 3 aids in normal development of the body.
- Omega 3 is also needed to maintain the good health of the tissue layers covering nearly all the organs.
- It aids in combating tiredness, Alzheimer’s disease, inflammatory diseases like arthritis and depression.
- A baby’s brain is particularly dependant on the fatty acids found in omega 3. For instance, DHA is known to assure right brain growth and to increase a baby’s intelligence. It also betters eyesight and the growth of motor skills.
- Omega 3 greatly improves hormonal balance; fish oil fatty acids can greatly reduce and relieve menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes and mood swings.
- Omega 3 can greatly improve concentration, hair growth, nail health and skin health.
- It relieves AMD or age related muscular degeneration which causes blindness or reduces eye sight.
Omega 3 from diet:
Fishes: oily fishes are the most important source of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 is found in fishes such as cod, tuna, salmon, trout, herring, kipper, halibut, sardines, eels and shrimp.
Flaxseed: fitness conscious are always lured by the nutlike flavor and the benefits of flaxseeds. Eating whole flaxseeds may not provide the body with essential fatty acids as they are ingested directly and may pass through the human body without proper absorption. Coarsely mashed flaxseeds allow better absorption of Omega 3 and are healthier. Eating one tablespoon of flaxseed will prove excellent for your health. You can even sprinkle on porridge and salads or taken with a glassful of warm milk.
Walnuts: walnuts are a rich source of Omega 3. Walnuts are known to reduce the cholesterol level, improve the elasticity of blood vessels and greatly reduce plaque formation.
Other rich sources of omega 3 include: frijoles or kidney beans, soy beans, cauliflower and cabbage, sprouts, tofu, cloves and mustard seeds.
Omega 3 supplements:
It if best to naturally fulfill your body’s Omega 3 needs, however, if you feel you are unable to do so then Omega 3 supplements are the next best option. Omega 3 supplements are easily available either in capsule form or liquid syrup form. Flaxseed oil and cod liver oil capsules are the most popular supplements of Omega 3. Omega 3 supplements are highly sensitive to light, high temperature as well as oxygen. They are always packed in dark colored bottles and should be stored in a cool and dry place.
In this blogpost I have mentioned just few of the many benefits of Omega 3. Whichsoever way you look at it, there is a healthy reason to include Omega 3 in your everyday diet.