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Health Products - Omega 3

The Omega's are a group of essential fatty acids refers to a group fats called ALA and they are found in plant oils. They help our bodies to function and without them, our health deteriorates.

Here are some points about how essential fatty acids help us.

  • Skin health
    Omega-3 fatty acids help prevent and treat of many skin problems, maintain elasticity, rehydrate & rebuild skin tissue.
     
  • Brain Power
    Approximately 40% of the human brain is composed of fatty acids & it is highly dependant on a regular supply of these from the diet. Deficiencies have been linked to depression, schizophrenia, memory loss & a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Researchers are now linking inadequate intake of omega-3 in pregnant women to premature birth & low birth weight, as well as hyperactivity in children.
     
  • Anti Aging
    Our body is made up with trillions of cells and it is the health of these cells which determines how our body functions. Without Omega 3, the membranes around the cells in our body would become more fragile, as essential fatty acids levels determine the integrity of the cell wall. When the cell wall weakens, it causes them to "leak" and become permeable. When this happens, reactive substances can then penetrate through the cell wall, making a person more prone to allergies & inflammation. It is thought that inflammation is a key contributor to the premature aging of tissues in the body.
     
  • Joint health
    Just like the hinge of a door, if there is not enough oil to lubricate between it, it will become stiff & hard to move freely. The same is with the joints in our body. If we do not have enough essential fatty acids in our diet, our joints can literally seize up, causing pain & inflammation. A number of studies have shown that people taking a daily therapeutic dosage of an omega 3 supplement have been able to dramatically reduce their use of NSAI drugs, while also obtaining better motility.
     
  • Eye Sight
    Age related macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness. When the macula becomes damaged, visual problems including blindness are the unfortunate result. However researchers have found that people who consumed omega 3 fatty acids, as little as 1 to 3 times a month, had about half the risk of developing this disease than those who did not consume it.
     
  • Breast health.
    There have been many studies done on the benefits of essential fatty acids & breast health. More recently researchers evaluated over 250 patients with breast cancer & analyzed their fat relative to 90 women without breast cancer. It showed that those without breast cancer had much higher levels of omega 3 in their body. A second study reviews new evidence on the biological mechanisms as to how fish oil can protect against breast cancer.
     
  • Dietary sources of omega 3
    Include seed and nut oils, cold-water (oily) fish such as salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines & herring. Or for vegans or those who cannot take fish, flaxseed and flaxseed oil, soy, soybean oil & nuts - especially walnuts, broccoli, green leafy vegetables & some beans, hemp, rosehip, blackcurrant, borage & emu oil.
Include essential fatty acids in your diet for radiant health.

Further reading
Breast health
Flaxseed oil, a sustainable source of Omega Fatty Acids.
Diet & Nutrition

References
Wiki on Omega 3
Wiki on Omega 6

Contributors:
Leanne James; a Naturopath at Ideal Health.
David Aquino; Natural health consultant.

 



 

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