Health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil):
- Mood Booster- According to the November issue of Women’s Health, a study from the University of Pittsburgh reported that people who receive high doses of omega-3 fatty acids are “happier, less impulsive, and generally more agreeable.” It’s been proven that omega-3 fatty acids help reduce depression and ADHD as well (WebMD).
- Heart Healthy- Since omega-3 fatty acids are poly-unsaturated, many studies have shown that they help lower triglycerides, which are created due to high-fat or high-caloric diets and are stored as excess fats in our bodies. The supplement also increases HDL levels, which is the good cholesterol. All of this lowers high blood pressure and increase heart health.
- Skin Saver- Omega-3 fatty acids cut down on inflammation, which plagues our skin’s health and luster. To support skin health from the inside, “it lowers cholesterol and helps make our blood ‘sticky’ so it is able to clot” (WebMD). It also gives an age-defying quality to you skin as it reduces dryness and wrinkles cause by sun damage. Many people who use omega-3 fatty acid for a prolonged amount of time on a daily basis report clearer skin and some have reported it as a cure to their acne (University of Maryland Medical Center).
- Cancer Fighter- One of the most important benefits from omega-3 fatty acids would be their cancer-fighting agents. It has been reported that breast cancer and prostate cancer have been fought on all fronts due to this “miracle” supplement. Women who reported taking omega-3 fatty acids on a regular basis over their lifetime were also less likely to develop breast cancer. For example, “researchers speculate that omega-3 fatty acids in combination with other nutrients (namely, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, selenium, and coenzyme Q10) may prove to be of particular value for preventing and treating breast cancer” (University of Maryland Medical Center). Men saw these similar results with prostate cancer.
- Brain Food- In March of 2005, The Journal of Neuroscience studied the positive effects of DHA omega-3 fatty acids and learned that they may protect against the accumulation in the body of a protein believed to be linked to Alzheimer's disease. It is also well-supported that the supplement helps with acuity and prolonged mental activities. It boosts memory and performance (University of Maryland Medical Center). So if you have a mentally-taxing job or you need to cram for an exam, omega-3 fatty acid is the supplement for you.
- And So Much More- WebMD points out that “the benefits of omega-3s include reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke while helping to reduce symptoms of hypertension, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), joint pain and other rheumatoid problems, as well as certain skin ailments. Some research has even shown that omega-3s can boost the immune system and help protect us from an array of illnesses including Alzheimer's disease.”
Where else can I find natural sources of omega-3 fatty acids?
- All fish with scales have it, such as mackerel, salmon, sardines, and herring.
- Some bread, yogurt, and baked goods are fortified with it. Just read your labels to find out which.
- Green leafy vegetables, soy, and tofu have it; so eat your salads and veggies.
- Nuts are full of flax oil, which possesses omega-3 fatty acids, so eat your almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, and flax seeds.
- Many cooking oils have it, like canola oil, soybean oil, and flax see oil.
- Enhanced eggs can have it, so search the labels to find which ones.
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