5 Ways Omega-3 Consumption Can Change Your Life

Omega-3 fatty acids, specifically EPA and DHA are necessary for vital bodily functions and without enough of them, you may run into some major health concerns. EPA and DHA are primarily found in fish. Another important omega-3 fatty acid, ALA, is found in nuts and seeds. While it is ideal to receive adequate nutrients from the food you consume, sometimes that just doesn't happen. To be safe and insure that you are receiving adequate Omega-3, supplementation with a high-quality product is advised. 

 

Here are 5 ways Omega-3 Can Improve your life and Health: 

 

1. Omega-3 Can Improve Eye Health

DHA, a type of omega-3, is a major structural component of the brain and retina of the eye and without enough DHA, vision problems may arise. Adequate consumption of omega-3 may reduce risk of age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24557349https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15812120https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2136947

 

2. Omega-3 Can Promote Brain Health During Pregnancy and Early Life

Omega-3s are crucial for brain growth and development in infants. Getting enough omega-3s during pregnancy has been associated with numerous benefits for the child, including:

  • Higher intelligence.

  • Better communication and social skills.

  • Less behavioral problems.

  • Decreased risk of developmental delay.

  • Decreased risk of ADHD, autism and cerebral palsy.

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3. Omega-3 Can Improve Risk Factors For Heart Disease

Heart attacks and strokes are the world’s leading causes of death. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to have numerous benefits for heart health.

These include:

  • Triglycerides: Omega-3s can cause a major reduction in triglycerides, usually in the range of 15–30%.

  • Blood pressure: Omega-3s can reduce blood pressure levels in people with high blood pressure.

  • HDL-cholesterol: Omega-3s can raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol levels.

  • Blood clots: Omega-3s can keep blood platelets from clumping together. This helps prevent the formation of harmful blood clots.

  • Plaque: By keeping the arteries smooth and free from damage, omega-3s help prevent the plaque that can restrict and harden the arteries.

  • Inflammation: Omega-3s reduce the production of some substances released during the inflammatory response.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3712371/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22051327http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(01)01114-7/fulltexthttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23196815https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22282329

 

4. Omega-3 Can Fight Inflammation

While inflammation is a vital process in our bodies, necessary to repair damaged in the body and fight infection, sometimes inflammation persists longer than necessary without justifiable cause. This type of chronic inflammation can contribute to chronic disease such as cancer and heart disease.

Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the production of molecules and substances linked to inflammation and studies have shown a link between higher omega-3 intake and reduced inflammation.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12490960https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16841861https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21784145https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24505395

 

5. Omega-3 Fats Are Good For Your Skin

DHA is a structural component of the skin. It is responsible for the health of cell membranes, which make up a large part of skin. A healthy cell membrane results in soft, moist, supple and wrinkle-free skin. Omega-3s can help keep skin cells healthy, preventing premature aging and more. They may also help protect the skin from sun damage.

EPA also benefits the skin in several ways, including:

  • Managing oil production in skin.

  • Managing hydration of the skin.

  • Preventing hyperkeratinization of hair follicles (the little red bumps often seen on upper arms).

  • Preventing premature aging of the skin.

  • Preventing acne.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19335417https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10617994

Calcium and Vitamin D and increased risk for cardiovascular disease?

By now most people understand that Calcium absorption is promoted by Vitamin D.  What most of you may not know is that you may potentially be promoting heart disease if you take Calcium with a Vitamin D supplement.   

Vitamin K, along with vitamin D, are essential for the bones to uptake and incorporate calcium.  Studies suggest that K2 specifically may help reduce cardiovascular risks associated with plaque deposition and arterial calcification by helping to direct D3 and therefore calcium to the bones rather than allowing it to freely deposit elsewhere as it circulates in the blood.   

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*Plaque development and calcium deposition within the vessel wall leads to hardening of the arteries which reduces the diameter of the lumen and restricts the flow of blood to coronary smooth muscle. Lack of blood flow causes lack of oxygen to the tissue, which results in cell death.   

In a healthy individual, calcium regulating hormones control where calcium is directed, with the vast majority being stored in the bones and a very small amount in the extracellualr fluid and soft tissues.  D3 is produced in the body via ingestion of precursor vitamin D3 (a precursor to a hormone) or through the skin via sun exposure. 

Vitamin K is found in broccoli, cabbage as well as in dairy products and egg yolks. Recommended daily intake is 120 mcg for adult men and 90 mcg for adult women.  

Many of us are Vitamin D deficient. A simple blood test can determine if you are a member of this category.  If you are indoors and do not have regular sun exposure you may be deficient.  Additionally, if you have dark skin or live far from the equator you are at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency.   

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