The Good for You Fatty Acids
Not all fats are notorious for wreaking havoc in our body after all! Much research has been done the on omega 3 fatty acids and the findings reveal that these acids are good for our heart! So let us delve a little deeper into this so called essential fatty acid and shed some light on it.
First and foremost, it is important to know that omega 3 fatty acids are not manufactured by the human body, but is obtained from the foods we eat.
So what exactly are omega 3 fatty acids?
Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats and categorized as "essential fatty acids". They are known to prevent a variety of chronic diseases including cancer and arthritis. They lower the risk of heart disease by lowering the level of bad cholesterol (HDL). They also strengthen the cell walls and provide energy for the muscles, heart and other organs of the body.
A host of health benefits
Because of their anti-inflammatory properties, omega-3's have been linked with prevention and treatment of a whole host of health problems. Some of these have been listed below.
Lowers blood pressure
Research suggests that omega-3 fatty acids can lower blood pressure significantly in individuals suffering from hypertension.
Good for Diabetics
Diabetics often tend to have high levels of triglyceride and low levels of HDL. Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can help lower triglycerides and apoproteins (markers of diabetes), and raise HDL.
Prevents heart diseases and strokes
Omega 3's are known to prevent plaque buildup and blood clots in the arteries, thus lowering the risk of heart attack.
When pregnant women increase their omega-3 intake, the risk of premature birth reduces by up to a whopping 50%. Omega-3 supplementation helps in the development of the fetal brain, retina and nervous system. It also protects the mother from hypertension, postpartum depression and preterm labor.
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements have found to be beneficial in treating arthritis by reducing tenderness in joints and decreasing morning stiffness. It is believed that individuals who get adequate amount of Omega 3's, can even reduce the dosage of their arthritis medication as they have the power to boost their effectiveness.
Omega-3 fatty acids help increase levels of calcium in the body, deposit calcium in the bones, and improve bone strength.
People with high levels of Omega-3s have found to be more emotionally balanced than those who do not get enough of them in their diet. Supplements of omega 3 fatty acids are known to increase the effectiveness of anti-depressants by soothing out the mood and by brightening one's outlook on life.
What are the sources?
You can derive your required dose of omega-3 fatty acids naturally, from these:
- Flaxseeds and Flaxseed oil
- Fish oil and cod liver or similar oil supplements
- Fruit juices and bread or other fortified foods (Kiwifruit, strawberries and Black Raspberry are very good sources in fruits)
- Fatty fish like Salmon, Herring, Sardines, Tuna and Mackerel