Omega 3s Are Great! But Why Are They So Good For Your Health? (Part 1)

September 28, 2017 Blog, Health, Nutrition Fresh salmon, avocados, nuts, brocolli, green apples, eggs and pumpkin seeds.

Your doctor, your mother, your gym buddy and even the pretty lady from the supplement advertisement all tell you to do it. “Include omega 3s in your diet.” “Okay, no problem,” you say. But where do you start? We are told that omega 3s are good for us, but many of us know so little about what they actually do for our bodies. Well, if you’re looking to learn about this essential fatty acid, you’ve come to the right place.

In this two part series, you’ll learn essential facts about omega 3s. From what diseases they fight, how they affect your overall health and where to find them.

Part 1: Omega 3s Make Your Body Better

Just like hopping on the subway, omega 3s are absorbed into your bloodstream and transported to various destinations throughout your body. They repair your organs and enhance the way your body functions.

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Omega 3s cut down the fatty plaque that builds up in your arteries and leads to heart disease. Heart disease causes all manners of prevalent conditions including heart attacks, strokes, arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) and heart failure. Omega 3s help prevent these conditions by increasing the good cholesterol in your blood which in turn decreases blood clotting and prevents inflammation.

Eating up your omega 3s will also boost your brain health. Omega 3s act as a lubricant for cells, and this lubrication improves cellular communication in the brain. These fatty acids optimize your neuron function, assist with cell metabolism and provide protection against cellular death; this means omega 3s can actually help your brain retain and process information more effectively. There’s another brian benefit as well, omega 3s increase your levels of the happy hormones Serotonin and Dopamine. As a result, you experience less anxiety and a reduced risk of depression.

Consuming omega 3s can diminish your risk of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. As diabetes continues to be a rising epidemic in our modern world, omega 3s keep your pancreas in prime condition for insulin production. The liver also receives some omega 3 love, omega 3s actually work to remove the type of fat that leads to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Fat fighting fat, who would have thought!

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The effects that Omega 3s have on a woman’s unborn child are also remarkable. By absorbing this fatty acid through the womb, expecting moms can help their babies develop better eyesight, communication skills and a higher level of intelligence. Their child also has a lower risk of developing asthma, autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy and behavioral issues.

Do you feel your eyesight is getting worse? Have you noticed more aches in your joints than usual? Omega 3s can help. They are proven to slow down the deterioration process that occurs in your body’s tissues; this includes the cells within your eyes. The 2016 Limpia Study found these hard working fatty acids can effectively reduce your risk of macular degeneration.

At the same time, they slow skeletal deterioration by increasing your bone density. And they don’t stop there! Omega 3 fatty acids are warriors fighting against severe skin diseases. They reduce your risk of developing conditions such as Psoriasis while cutting back the spread of Psoriasis in those already affected.

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Your immune system acts like your very own internal police force ensuring illnesses are eliminated as quickly as possible. Omega 3s are powerful allies with your white blood cells, and together they boost your immunity and lessen your susceptibility to invading autoimmune diseases.

Autoimmune diseases occur when your immune system mistakes healthy functions as abnormal. As a result, your immune system attacks your body, causing extensive damage to your health. A proper balance of Omega 3s in your diet can help in battles against autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.

Omega 3s sure do make your body better. From improving your body’s systems to supporting the optimal function of your organs.