Do you know what omega-3 fatty acids are?
These fatty acids are actually very important for our body to function normally. There are 3 types of omega3- fatty acids:
— EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid)
— DHA (Deoxyribonucleic acid)
— ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid)
It is scientifically proven that fish which live in cold water as well as salmon, tuna and mackerel are extremely rich in DHA and EPA.
On the other hand ALA fatty acid is found in some nuts and vegetable oils. This acid is converted by our organism into DHA and EPA acids.
Great for the body and the heart.
Several studies conveyed over the past ten years have proven that these acids reduce the risk of cardiac complications and keep your heart healthy. It is also proven that men who have low level of omega-3 fatty acids are 81% prone to having a heart attack unlike those who have high levels of omega-3 acids.
Omega -3 acids improve the heart function, in a way that:
- Reduce the risk of heart attack.
- Lower the level of high blood pressure
- Lower the level of triglycerides.
Omega-3 acids keep your overall health. They can reduce some inflammations like arthritis and are helpful against menstrual pain as well. People who suffer from osteoporosis should consume food rich in these acids as they can reduce the symptoms of this disease.
Omega-3 acids also improve the mental health. It is proven that people who consume small amounts of Omega-3 acids are more likely to suffer from depression. These days many doctors recommend omega-3 fats, especially to patients who suffer from depression.
Also people who suffer from anorexia consume food that is low in fatty acids.
As “excess fat” means weight loss?
Beside the fact that Omega-3 acids improve your overall health, they will also help you if you are trying to lose weight. If you exercise and you are on a diet, it is proven that omega-3 fatty acids will help you in maintaining proper blood sugar level as well as cholesterol level.
How much omega-3 should have in the diet?
Experts claim that official recommended daily allowance of omega-3s is 500mg. To achieve this you need to consume fish rich in omega-3 acids at least two times a week.
Note: You must be aware that some fish are not recommended during pregnancy, if you are trying to get pregnant or if you already have a breastfed baby!