Nutrition

The Health Benefits Of Omega-3

The Health Benefits Of Omega-3

There’s a reason why Omega-3 fatty acids are called ‘essential fatty acids’. They aren’t just essential for great health, they’re also one of the most versatile supplements around. From keeping your joints supple and reducing inflammation, to it’s improving brain function and the health of your hair, skin and nails, these incredible fatty acids are an important addition to your daily diet.

Omega-3 fatty acids at a glance

  • Supports healthy brain function
  • Keeps joints supple and stiffness free
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Supports cardiovascular health
  • Improves the health of hair, skin and nails

What are omega-3 fatty acids and how do they work?

Omega-3 fatty acids come in two forms, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). They’re found in certain foods, namely fish and shellfish, nuts and seeds, and in concentrated form in supplements like our own myvitamins Omega-3 supplement.

As well as being an important nutrient in its own right, omega-3 is also important for balancing omega-6 inside your body. Omega-6 has its uses, but too much of it can lead to inflammation. Our meat-rich diets are often high in omega-6, and omega-3 is useful for restoring balance. This is particularly important for healthy blood vessels.

Fish oil is a cheap, safe and effective source of omega-3 fatty acids, and can be taken daily as part of your supplementation plan.

How to take omega-3 fish oil

Take 1-3 capsules per day. If you experience any ‘fish burps’, try freezing your capsules before taking them.

Food sources of omega-3 include:

  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Cod
  • Tuna
  • Anchovies and sardines
  • Walnuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Eggs

All of the above make great additions to your diet, and supplementing with omega-3 capsules is another easy way of ensuring you’re topped up.

Is there a vegan-friendly alternative?

Yes! Algae Oil is our vegan-friendly alternative to conventional fish oils, containing a rich source of DHA Algae oil comes from marine algae which has been refined into an oil.

The health benefits of omega-3

  • Cardiovascular health and helping to lower blood pressure
  • Reduces joint and muscle pain with anti-inflammatory effects
  • Stabilises blood sugar levels
  • Balances cholesterol levels
  • Mood enhancement 
  • Cognitive focus and mental clarity
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Helps to clear skin
  • Improves the health of your hair and reduces hair loss

Take a look at the myvitamins Omega-3 range and see which could help you.

References

DrAxe.com, ‘15 Omega-3 Foods Your Body Needs Now’ http://draxe.com/omega-3-foods/

Examine, ‘An introduction to fish oil’ http://examine.com/supplements/Fish+Oil/

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Charlotte Cliffe

Charlotte Cliffe

Resident Nutritionist