Health Benefits of getting enough Omega 3

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Omega 3 fatty acids, such as DHA and EPA, are very important for our overall health.

 

They help to maintain healthy cells, heart, and brain health, they improve insulin sensitivity, mood and help balance out our hormones.

 

Omega 3 especially help to regulate our cortisol level, or the stress hormone. When we are stressed and our cortisol level is elevated it causes havoc with the thyroid, which in turn causes your body to store belly fat.

 

Omega 3 also provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. Making sure we get enough Omega-3 fats 3 in our diet have been shown to help prevent heart disease and stroke, may help control lupus, eczema and rheumatoid arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other conditions

 

The ratio of omega 3 and 6 should be close to 1:1, however most people have too much omega 6 due to our diets being high in unhealthy oils such as soybean, and corn.

This imbalance can cause inflammation, weight gain, and poor fat metabolism.

 

To make sure we are getting enough Omega-3 fatty acids in our diets we need to include:


  • Oily fish such as sardines, salmon and mackerel, tuna

  • Seaweed

  • Flaxseed

  • Chia seeds

  • Nuts especially walnuts

  • Olive oil

  • Grass fed meats

Getting them from whole foods, such as eating fatty fish 2 times per week, is the best way to ensure optimal omega-3 intake.

However, if you don't eat a lot of fatty fish, then you may want to consider taking an omega-3 supplement. For people who are lacking in omega-3, this is a cheap and highly effective way to improve health.




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