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Omega-3s like DHA and EPA are called essential fatty acids for a reason—they’re essential to our health. But just why are omega-3s so essential?
Omega-3s like DHA and EPA are called essential fatty acids for a reason—they’re essential to our health. But just why are omega-3s so essential? They have many powerful benefits for both your body and your brain. In fact, few nutrients have been studied as thoroughly as omega-3 fatty acids. From fighting inflammation to promoting health during pregnancy, read below to consider the many reasons why you may want to add omega-3s to your daily supplement intake.
Omega-3s, like fish oil, are a great way to normalize the inflammatory process in the body. Inflammation is the body’s process of fighting against things that harm it, like infections, injuries, and toxins, in an attempt to heal itself. When something damages your cells, your body releases chemicals that trigger a response from your immune system. When this response lingers, it can cause chronic inflammation, leaving your body in a constant state of alert.
Over time, chronic inflammation may have a negative impact on your tissues and organs. In fact, inflammation is what’s driving many of the chronic ailments we see today. While we need a certain level of inflammation to heal ourselves, but it’s the chronic levels that are causing a lot of health problems—like allergies, heart disease, arthritis, cancer and more.
To top it off, studies show that inflammation may be a direct link to depression, so fish oil’s ability to lower inflammation may also have some beneficial effects on depression itself.
##Reduce Insulin Resistance
These fatty acids have been shown to have very beneficial effects on insulin resistance—they may help increase insulin sensitivity. This is beneficial for obese people without diabetes. People in this pre-diabetic stage see real results from fish oil as it reduces the risk of developing full-blown type 2 diabetes. And since the CDC believes the rate of diabetes in America will continue to increase, taking omega-3s preventively can be vital for a large portion of our population.
Omega-3s are vitally important nutrients for baby’s development, specifically during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Most of our brain and eyes are made from DHA. And since you can’t give what you don’t have, a baby may not be getting enough if there’s not enough DHA in mom’s diet or they’re not getting a formula with added DHA. It is recommended that all pregnant or breastfeeding women eat fish or supplement with a vegetarian source of DHA, as well.
There’s so much evidence showing EPA’s ability to lower triglycerides that it’s approved by the FDA as an effective therapy, either by prescription or over-the-counter fish oil supplements. Studies have shown that about 4,000 mg per day can reduce triglycerides by about 30 percent. Because omega-3s help fight inflammation and lower insulin resistance, they can also help reduce heart disease risk. With fish oil, you’re getting a multitude of benefits for the cardiovascular system.
Speak with your doctor or a Pharmaca practitioner about finding the right fish oil and dosage for your health concerns.