Updated: Apr 2
There are different types of Omega 3:
There is EPA, which is found in fish oil. This omega 3 fatty acid reduces depression and helps fight inflammation in the body.
The other kind is DHA which is also found in fish oil as well as algae. This is really important for brain development and helps with heart disease.
ALA the third kind is the most common omega 3 fatty acid in our diet. It is found in plant foods like kale, spinach and some seeds.
Your body can convert ALA to EPA or DHA, but this is an inefficient thing to do. Omega 3 reduces inflammation in the body. Consuming DHA and EPA-rich fish oils can enhance the function of certain immune cells. It also helps with respiratory problems, like asthma. It is extremely beneficial for cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure, raising good cholesterol, so your HDL levels keep your blood from clumping together and keeps your arteries pliable so they do not harden, as well as prevents gunk in your arteries to build up.
If everything is flowing smoothly, the body can focus its efforts on fighting off an infection. It also helps reduce excess fat in your liver. Your liver needs to be functioning properly, as it is designed to detect, capture and eliminate bacteria and viruses. Your liver health is directly linked to your immune health as well. Our liver is really an organ we take for granted with all the toxins we throw at it. Low levels of DHA are linked to low levels of melatonin. This is the hormone that helps you fall asleep and studies also show that taking omegas improves the quality and duration of your sleep.
Noticing dull skin? Consume more Omega 3's! The fatty acids keep the integrity of your skin, as it keeps the skin soft, subtle and moist, which means fewer wrinkles. But it also manages the oil production and hydration of your skin.
Signs of deficiency include dry skin and hair, chicken skin, so small red bumpy patches either on the back of your upper arms or bum. In addition, dandruff, dry eyes, irritability and joint discomfort can all be signs of deficiency.
Food sources include Salmon, Mackerel, Anchovies, Sardines and Herring fish, seaweed, hemp seeds, flaxseeds and walnuts.
Watch this video with Nutritionist Laura Niesslein to find out more about the benefits of Omega 3!
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