We're very used to being told that we should be eating less of this and less of that when it comes to our diets. However, one thing that we don't want to cut back on is omega 3 fatty acids. Not only does your body need these fatty acids to function, but also they deliver some big health benefits. The benefits of Omega 3 are broad, benefiting not just healthy adults, but pregnant women, children and those suffering with all kinds of illnesses. Benefits of Omega 3 in Adults:
By Helen Noakes
- Omega 3 rich oily fish is called “brain food”, because Omega 3 is a building block essential for developing cell membranes, signal pathways and other neurological systems.
- It’s a primary component of your retina, and helps maintain good eyesight.
- We also benefit from Omega 3s from its effects on reducing heart and cardiovascular disease, blood clots , lowering blood pressure and improving arterial health.
- Omega 3 will be instrumental in ensuring a high enough absorption level of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, needed for resistance against infection, healthy skin, eyes, heart, circulation, blood clotting and strong bones.
- Omega 3 is as crucial in the healthy physical and mental development in babies, as it is in adults.
- Whether planning a baby, pregnant or breast feeding, some research has shown that with the mother having the recommended amounts of Omega 3, babies develop faster than those whose mothers who do not.
- Increasing the intake of Omega 3 can benefit those with dyslexia, ADHD and dyspraxia.
- Omega 3 is also thought to have a significant effect on reading skills too.
- The anti-inflammatory properties in Omega 3 benefit those with arthritis, asthma, eczema and psoriasis.
- Periods of remission can also be created for those suffering with inflammatory bowls conditions such as IBS, colitis and ulcerative colitis.
- Support the dietary management of those with heart disease and cardiovascular disease.
- Omega 3 also assists in the relief of allergies.
- Recent studies have also found Omega 3 to be effective in reducing levels of depression and low mood.
- salmon (wild has more omega-3s than farmed)
- lake trout
By Helen Noakes