What’s So Great About Fish Oils?
What’s so great about fish oils?
Did you know the average American eats like junk!? Technically you should be able to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs with simply the food you put in your body. However, Americans have some of the easiest access to junk foods and poorly nutrient-dense foods on the planet. This makes it increasingly more difficult to consume truly nutritious foods.
Most American diets lack SIGNIFICANTLY in a healthy balance of OMEGA fats. We are talking about Omega-6 (Linoleic Acid) and Omega-3 (Alpha-Linolenic Acid), which have been declared essential to human health. Neither of these fatty acids can be created by your body. This means they must be consumed through our diets.
The American diet has PLENTY of Omega-6! What we struggle to include on a regular basis are Omega-3 fatty acids. (see image above for reference of what types of food each are)
But why should you take the time to change this health habit and include Omega 3’s either with a fish oil supplement or through the food you consume???
Here are just a few reasons:
- Low levels of Omega-3’s correlate strongly with development of mental health issues, depression, dyslexia, dyspraxia, heart problems, joint and bone conditions, as well as neurodegenerative diseases such as MS and Parkinson’s.
- Normal to high levels of Omega-3’s can act as a natural anti-inflammatory for the body, can play an important role in overall cognition, behavioral function, mood, circulation, skin, liver and health!
Alright Ladies and Gentlemen, now its time to pick your corners!
OMEGA-3 is proud to present EPA vs DHA!
Now that we’ve discussed the importance of lowering your Omega-6 filled diet and balancing it out by adding in some Omega-3’s, let’s dive a little deeper into what these 3’s are!
EPA and DHA are the fatty acids that make up the Omega-3’s found in oily fish and seafood. If you read the back of your fish oil supplement bottle you will see a ratio of these two fatty acids.
At different stages of life it is important that we get the correct ratio of the two.
DHA: During child development and adolescents your body needs more DHA.
Research shows that the brain, central nervous system, and retina development rely heavily on DHA. This is especially important for our new moms to consider as adequate levels of DHA are crucial from the time your baby is in the womb through about age 5. ( ** NEW MOMS please note PRENATAL VITAMINS OFTEN DO NOT INCLUDE Omegas/Fish oils. Please contact us for our recommendation on a fish oil with the balanced ratio of omegas for optimal health of both mom and baby.)
EPA: From 5-65 years old your body requires a ratio higher in EPA than DHA.
During the middle stages of life, an adequate amount of EPA fatty acids help decrease whole body inflammation as well as the risk of chronic illness and mental health issues such as, depression, dyslexia, dsypraxia, heart problems, joint and bond conditions, MS, and Parkinson’s Disease as mentioned above.
DHA(yes again): DHA becomes crucial again later in life.
DHA acts as a support structure in certain cells, especially throughout the brain and central nervous system. It may aid later in life after damage has been done or cognitive decline has set in by providing a structural support system of what’s left. At this stage EPA is important to prevent further decline.
If you know you are lacking in Omega 3’s it is never too late to start adding them into your diet via better food choices or a supplement. Please note you should never taste or burp up your fish oil. Just like everything else QUALITY MATTERS! If you would like our recommendation on some top of the line yet affordable companies for your fish oil please do not hesitate to ask.
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