The importance of Omega 3’s in the diet

 

The Importance of Omega-3’s in the Diet
It is becoming mainstream knowledge that Omega-3 fatty acids are a necessity in the diet. Those who have never been educated on the subject, though, have a hard time accepting this notion. The idea of a ‘fatty acid’ being good for you can be a difficult thing to digest. The truth is, though, that the body absolutely needs certain kinds of fats in order to maintain a healthy balance. Omega-3’s qualify as a necessary, healthy fatty acid.
So why are these fats considered healthy and how can we get them? Omega-3’s can be found in a few different kinds of foods. Fish are the most well-known source for this substance. Salmon oil contains a healthy dose of it and can be found in any health food market as well as many grocery stores. Other types of fish besides salmon that would make for a good source include herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines. If you are not a fan of sea food, you could find Omega-3’s in other sources such as eggs, meat, milk and cheese (from grass-fed cows and chickens).
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Now let’s talk about the health effects. There have been studies to show that Omega-3’s can significantly lessen the risk of coronary heart disease. They also have been shown to support the normal development of the eyes, brain and nerves. Those who struggle with circulatory problems can be helped by incorporating more Omega-3’s into their diet also. In addition to that, they also reduce blood pressure and thus the risk of a heart attack is lessened as well.
Aside from the previously mentioned positive effects, several studies suggest that Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-cancer properties. As if all of these benefits were not enough reason to go out to your local vitamin store and get your salmon oil supplements, there’s still more good news. This type of fatty acid has been shown to have anti—inflammatory effects which mean that rheumatoid arthritis sufferers have received many benefits from this supplement. Together with their history of improving immune function and preventing cardiovascular disease, we should all be asking why we haven’t been incorporating these fatty acids into our diet more often.
Guest Post by Sam Lloyd
Sam is a certified personal trainer, online fitness coach, self-proclaimed health fanatic, amateur bodybuilder, Jiu Jitsu enthuasiest, self-development junkie, marketing hobbyist, and all around cool dude. He has published many articles on various topics around health and fitness.

 

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