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The Health Benefits of Omega-3 and Why You Should Make it Part of your Diet

ReadyNutrition Readers, did you know that 2 out of the 3 Omega-3 fatty acids can be derived from seafood? This article presents a little information about Omega-3 fatty acids, a really important substance for your metabolism.  Human beings (and mammals in general) are not able to produce these fatty acids in our own bodies; however, we can obtain them in different forms in our diet.  Then our bodies transform them into the “forms” we need.

There are three types of Omega-3’s that are important for people, and they are as follows:

  1. ALA – also known as Alpha Linolenic Acid, and these can be found in certain oils in plants and nuts [1].  Here are some sources for these:  walnuts, flaxseed oil, hemp oil, and seeds, such as pumpkin and sunflower.
  2. EPAEicosapentaenoic Acid, found in fish and ocean-oils
  3. DHADocosahexaenoic Acid, also found in fish and ocean/marine oils.

Here are some sources for EPA and DHA:  fish oils, oils from krill, squid, and octopus, and egg oil…this latter being an oil found in eggs, such as chicken eggs (non-fish lovers, again, you’re probably happy!) Alternatively, you can purchase omega-3 oils in capsule form [2].

Omega-3 Health Benefits

Our vaunted medical establishment recognizes the importance of Omega-3 fatty acids; however, it will not commit to actually saying they benefit individuals in the prevention of disease.  They use the term “may,” a “fallback” to state is may or may not…and they’re not liable, etc., for anything they tell you.  Well, here are some of the areas Omega-3’s may help you:

One of the problems with true and good reviews on supplements is that very few medical doctors will go “out on a limb” and challenge the approved, authorized system regarding them.

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The American Medical Establishment wants you to stay underfed, weak, out of shape, working (working ensures more taxes, and more grants for them, remember), sick, and constantly using a steady supply of prescription medication.

Do you want real advice?  Go talk to a bodybuilder, a professional athlete, or a weightlifter.  Look at one of them, and then look at the doctors who are claiming supplements do not work.  Use your own eyes and make a decision.

These doctors all invest in the pharmaceutical industry and demonize all holistic foods and supplementation.

The Omega-3’s work and they’re also needed by you for tissue repair from their anti-inflammatory effects.  Fish are high in protein, and if you shop it right, they aren’t as expensive as you might believe.  Some good sources are cod, mackerel, sardines [4], and salmon.  You can also pick up that rod and reel and go out for some bass, crappie, or trout to take in a steady supply of Omega 3’s.  For those who just can’t do the fish?  Well, there are supplements.

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Your friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart has fish oil, salmon oil, and cod liver oil in happy, non-fish-tasting capsules.  They’re not too expensive and you can take one or two of them a day as a supplement.  I also must mention that phytoplankton and marine algae also contain all three types of the Omega-3’s, and you can pick these guys up either in dried form at your better health food stores, or in capsule form there, and in Wal-Mart.  For dosages consult with the package directions by the manufacturer/grower of these different foods.

If you haven’t already done so, consider making Omega-3 fatty acids part of your diet, either in the consumption of foods or as an adjunct with supplements.  You’ll be giving yourself a healthy edge…your number one piece of equipment for survival is your body.  Never forget that, and if you put in “garbage” you can’t expect to roll a Lamborghini off of the assembly line.  Start those fishing rods up soon!  JJ out!