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Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats, one of four basic types of fat that the body derives from food (cholesterol, saturated fat, and monounsaturated fat are the others). Omega-3s (along with Omega-6s) are called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) because the body needs them in order to function properly, but cannot make them on its own. The body must get EFAs from food or supplements. More and more, all polyunsaturated fats, including the omega-3s, are being recognized as important to human health.
Why is Omega-3 so important? Omega-3s have been shown to contribute to cardiovascular health in many ways. Researchers believe that the plant-source of Omega-3 (ALA), is particularly beneficial for lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Omega-3 fatty acids are also natural blood thinners, and seem to work by reducing the "stickiness" of blood cells, which could prevent complications like blood clots and stroke. Omega-3 may also reduce hypertension: studies of large groups of people have found that the more Omega-3 fatty acids people consume, the lower their overall blood pressure levels.
The brain is about 60 percent fat, and needs Omega-3s to function properly in all stages of life. This nutrient is so essential that if a pregnant woman gets too little Omega-3, the growing fetus will take all that is available from the mother. In later years, lack of Omega-3s can result in depression and symptoms of other mental health problems. Researchers believe that the Omega-3s help keep the brain's entire traffic pattern of thoughts, reactions, and reflexes running smoothly and efficiently.
Where do we find Omega-3? Supplements are an excellent source. Food sources of the Omega-3s EPA and DHA include fatty, cold-water fish, fresh seaweed (not a staple of the standard Western Diet), and some wild game (venison and buffalo). Plant sources, such as canola oil, flaxseed oil, walnuts, and leafy greens, provide the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) form of Omega-3.
So who needs to get Omega-3? Most people do. Even though the body needs both Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids for optimal health, most people get too much of the Omega-6 in their diet, and experts recommend consuming more of the Omega-3 to result in a more balanced amount of these two EFAs. Pregnant women and children need plenty of Omega-3s to nourish the developing brains of infants and young children, and many adults with heart-related diseases and high cholesterol can benefit from Omega-3 supplements. Many doctors are willing to try Omega-3 supplements in place of or in addition to prescription blood thinners for heart conditions.
- WholeHealthMD. “Omega-3.” http://www.wholehealthmd.com
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