Healthy fats play a number of key roles when it comes to protecting our health. They help lubricate some of the most important systems in our bodies as well as play a key role in human development.
Although all healthy fats are vital to good health in some way, there’s one healthy fat in particular that we should be paying extra close attention to...
Omega-3’s definitely reign supreme when it comes to their long list of health benefits. In fact, it would be hard to find another supplement whose benefits have been as deeply studied as omega-3 fatty acids.
Whether it’s boosting your skin’s appearance or supporting healthy aging, your body requires these healthy fatty acids to function properly and preserve radiant health.
Fortunately, omega-3 supplements are generally affordable, easy to find, and can have wonderful wellness benefits when taken consistently as part of a healthy routine.
Where Can I Get Omega-3’s?
Since your body cannot produce omega-3’s naturally, it’s essential to obtain these healthy fats through food or high quality supplement sources.
EPA and DHA (usually derived from certain fish) are generally considered the two most essential types of omega-3’s, followed by ALA (alpha-linolenic acid; typically derived from certain nuts, plants, and seeds).
Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in high amounts in foods and seeds such as salmon, sardines, anchovies, oysters, soybeans, flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.
When looking for an omega-3 supplement, it’s important to remember that not all supplements are created equally and some contain very little or no EPA or DHA.
Be sure to look for high quality options that contain the key bioactive omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) and are free from any heavy metal contaminants. You can even request third party lab results from reputable brands!
It’s recommended to store your omega-3 supplements either in the refrigerator or in a cool, dark location. It’s also important to avoid taking omega-3 supplements with soda or coffee and to try to take them at mealtime, around the same time each day.
Whereas many nutritional supplements still have a long way to go when it comes to scientific research, the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are well-established in the scientific and medical communities.
Not taking omega-3’s yet? Here’s six clinically proven reasons to reconsider.
Chronic inflammation has been linked to almost every major Western disease. In fact, it's even been referred to as the "unifying theory of disease" in one Harvard newsletter article, as we continue to learn more about the importance of inflammation.
Although inflammation is a healthy response to infection and other issues within the body, persistent ongoing inflammation can result in issues such as increased joint pain and overall aches and discomfort.
In one study, many patients reported less joint aches and increased grip strength when taking omega-3’s.
Anxiety and depression are the two most common mental illnesses in the United States, affecting millions of people each year.
In one study, low mood-related symptoms lessened significantly in study participantswhen given omega-3 supplements, when compared to participants not given the supplement. Although there is still more research to be done, these are very exciting results!
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for early human development, but let’s not forget that they are equally as important for supporting healthy aging.
Although more research is needed, many studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids may have neuroprotective properties that may slow age-related cognitive decline and promote mental clarity, memory, and focus.
If your skin is dull, dry, flaky, or irritated, or if you suffer from an inflammatory skin conditions, there’s a good chance your diet may be lacking in skin-healthy omega-3’s.
This is because omega-3’s hydrate your skin from within, promote a healthy skin cell membrane, and help prevent premature skin aging.
If you dream of smooth, supple, glowing skin, it’s important to know that omega-3’s may help balance healthy oil production, and protect your skin from harmful sun damage,
Sleep deprivation can wreak absolute havoc on our health, potentially increasing our risk of diabetes, depression, obesity, and more.
Low levels of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA have been shown in some studies to decrease melatonin levels in the body, an essential hormone for good sleep.
Numerous other studies have also shown that omega-3 fatty acids may also help improve overall sleep quality in children and adults alike.
Omega-3 fatty acids have been thoroughly studied for their potential ability to lower triglycerides.and support general heart health.
With heart attack and stroke being the world’s leading cause of death, the ongoing research into any potential ties between omega-3’s and heart health is hugely important. We can't wait to see what studies emerge next!
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