Why Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid is Important to Your Health

I am one of those people that love fish. I know that a lot of people aren’t fish eaters. And every time I pass the fish counter I know that most of the fish are farm raised with little to non of the Essential Fatty acids or EFA that are healthy. And then I think about all the contaminants have such as PVCs, mercury and then what about radiation from Fukushima. It is enough to make you stop eating fish.

Even if you are a fish eater … a minimum of 2-4 grams a day of EPA and DHA, which is difficult to obtain from fish alone.

Things that prevent You From Absorb  Omega 3’s

Low levels of certain vitamins and minerals,

some prescription drugs,

compromised immune status,

and a diet high in saturated and/or trans-fatty acids (meat, dairy, fast food, fried food, baked goods, and processed foods).

Moreover, people with health challenges or those who are currently deficient often require a minimum of 2-4 grams a day of EPA and DHA, which is difficult to obtain from fish alone. Non-fish sources of omega-3s include chia seeds, flaxseeds, and walnuts and don’t forget grass fed beef and wild game such as deer.

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are polyunsaturated fats that our bodies need but cannot produce. Therefore, they must be consumed through food or supplements. There are two families of EFAs: omega-3 and omega-6, which need to be consumed in a balanced ratio. The body must receive a balanced supply of omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs to ensure proper eicosanoid production.

Eicosanoids are hormone-like compounds that affect virtually every system in the body-they regulate

  • pain and inflammation
  • help maintain proper blood pressure
  • and cholesterol levels,
  • and promote fluid nerve transmission.

 

The problem is that, in our modern industrialized food system, omega-3s have become largely absent from the food chain while omega-6s have become overabundant. Even the healthiest diets contain too many omega-6s and not enough omega-3s.

Decades of scientific evidence indicates that this EFA imbalance can contribute to chronic inflammation and a variety of chronic health issues. The most beneficial omega-3s that we’re missing are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Purified fish oil is the most concentrated direct source of EPA and DHA.

Symptoms of low Omega 3 in your diet include:

Fatigue

Poor memory

Immune weakness

Dry skin, eczema, or hair loss

Heart problems

Reproductive problems (men and women)

Mood swings or depression

Poor circulation

Fish and Pregnant Women

Pregnant and breastfeeding women need to especially consume DHA (one of the omega-3s in fish oil) because the developing baby is dependent on mom! DHA is an essential fatty acid-we must get it from diet or supplements, because our bodies don’t make it-and consuming enough DHA is critical for normal and healthy development of infant brain, eyes, and nervous system. Inadequate consumption of DHA during pregnancy has been linked to shortened gestational periods and premature delivery, and postpartum depression. Experts recommend that women consume 300-600 mg of DHA daily while pregnant and breastfeeding.

The results depend on the concentration of the fish oil, your current nutritional state, dosage, and current health. After taking EPA , I have people say I “feel better” and experience “clearer thinking” and “enhanced well being” within 2 weeks. For optimal results, we recommend you take your fish oil daily for at least two months to evaluate their benefits, and also reduce your intake of saturated, hydrogenated, and trans-fats.

Why It is Critical to Use Pure tested Dish Oil

Third-party test results for purity and freshness. A third-party certificate of analysis indicates the levels of purity from environmental toxins, and the oxidation level (or freshness) of the oil.

Manufacturing standards. Is the fish oil manufactured according to international quality standards?

Smell and taste. Does the fish oil smell or taste fishy? If so, the fish oil has most likely been exposed to oxygen and is becoming rancid. Rancid (oxidized) oils should be avoided, as they yield less-than-healthy effects. Avoid fish oils that have really strong flavorings added to them because they are most likely trying to hide the fishy flavor of rancid oil.

Supportive scientific research to prove the efficacy of the fish oil brand.

Sustainable fishing practices. Any environmentally responsible fish oil manufacturer should offer transparency into their fishing practices.

Shaklee Corporation make a pure fish oil that is triple distilled

 

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About the Author

Caroline Heinemann has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Concordia Teachers College in Seward Nebraska. She has coordinated a variety of educational programs in her local community and conducts regional business training events and teleconference training calls. She become personally interested in health when she experienced some personal health issues and found that alternative medicine has been the key to her health. She shares tips on staying healthy. She is a former and teacher and has owned her own health education business for the past 30 years

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