Health Benefits of Omega-3

Omega-3 are a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids. They are found in oily fish (like tuna and sardines) and some vegetable oils. There are many benefits of omega-3 in our bodies, and including a lot of omega-3 in the diet will have a positive impact on your health. Omega-3 can be taken as part of a healthy diet or as pure omega-3 oil, omega-3 fish oil or omega-3 supplements.

Types of omega-3

There are three types of omega 3 fatty acids that we use in our bodies; alpha-linolenic (ALA) acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). AHA is converted to the other two types of fatty acids. DHA and EPA are the most important types of omega-3 fatty acids to include in our diets. DHA and EPA are both found in fish oils.

Health benefits

Cardiovascular health:

Fish oil’s DHA, EPA and DPA have been proven to be highly beneficial to your heart and the arteries and veins that make up your cardiovascular system. They help lower cholesterol, tryglicerides, LDLs and blood pressure, while at the same time increasing good HDL cholesterol. This adds years to your life expectancy.

Lesser chances of breast, colon and prostate cancer:

Fish oil has been shown to help prevent three of the most common forms of cancer – breast, colon and prostate. Science tells us that it accomplishes this in three ways – by stopping the alteration from a normal healthy cell to a cancerous mass, by inhibiting unwanted cellular growth and by killing off cancer cells.

Helps cope with depression:

Psychiatry department researchers at the University of Sheffield UK, along with many other research studies, found that fish oil supplements “alleviated” the symptoms of depression, bipolar and psychosis. [Journal of Affective Disorder Vol. 48(2-3);149-55]

Reduces inflammation:

  Omega-3 fatty acids have a positive effect on inflammations. Through several mechanisms, they regulate your body’s inflammation cycle, which prevents and relieves painful conditions like arthritis, prostatitis and cystitis.

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