Odds are that, if you’ve done any research into nutrients and supplements that are critical for overall mental and physical wellbeing, then you’ve come across omega-3s. Few nutrients have been studied with more fervor, and the results are always the same…these fatty acids are some of the most incredible nutrients in the world and are vital for the body and brain.
What are Omega 3s?
Omega-3s are a family of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are widely distributed throughout nature. They play critical roles in the proper functioning of a wide range of organisms. The three most common types are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). ALA is mainly found in plants, while DHA and EPA occur mostly in animal-based food items and algae.
It is important to note that mammals, and in this case, humans, are unable to naturally synthesize omega-3s, meaning that they must use their diet to obtain them. Common foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish, fish oils, flax seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed oil, and walnuts. For people who do not eat much of these foods, an omega-3 supplement, such as fish oil, is suggested.
Why Omega-3s are Important
Each and every time a new study is released on omega-3s, the list of health benefits they provide grows. So, what makes them so special? Well for starters, omega-3s comprise a key part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect cell receptivity within them. They are a prime ingredient for the production of important hormones that regulate blood clotting, inflammation, and relaxation of arterial structures. They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. These activities implicate a variety of health benefits such as:
Reduced Symptoms of Depression – Individuals who regularly consume omega-3s have been shown to experience fewer anxiety-related symptoms such as excessive worrying and nervousness.
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease – Omega-3 fatty acids have been closely linked to reduced blood pressure, lower triglyceride counts, good cholesterol levels, and clear arterial pathways, all of which reduce the risk of heart disease.
Less Inflammation – While inflammation is important to an extent, chronic inflammation can cause long-term health problems. Omega-3 has been shown to reduce inflammatory responses by lowering the count of molecules and substances that trigger them.
Improved Bone and Joint Strength – Some studies have suggested that omega-3s boost calcium production in the body, which strengthens bones and joints and lowers the risk of osteoporosis and arthritis.
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