While fats are generally unhealthy, omega-3 fatty acids are an exception to that rule.
The bottom line is: your body needs omega-3 if you want it to stay in peak condition. In fact, very few nutrients come close to omega-3 fatty acids with respect to health benefits.
The best sources of Omega 3
- Fish like mackerel, herring, salmon and sardines
- Cod liver oil
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
- Soya beans
How do omega oils benefit your body? Let’s unpack the ways below:
Eye spy: Good for eye-health
Trouble making out the small print, or reading road signs? Here’s a sign: you could be omega 3 deficient. Your retina needs DHA – a kind of omega 3 fatty acid – to function properly. When you don’t eat foods that contain this nutrient, vision problems can crop up.
Take a deep breath: Alleviates anxiety
Stress and anxiety take a heavy toll on both your mind and your body and can lead to depression, heart disorders and brain stroke. Omega 3 fatty acids can help you deal with anxiety, worries and can even fight off depression.
Bun in the oven? Your baby needs omega
Pregnant women need a regular dose of omega 3 fatty acids. Why? Because it promotes brain development in the foetus. It’s been proven to increase intelligence (baby Einstein, here we come) and enhance behavioural and social skills in children. Knowing all of this, why would you not take it?
Did you know that omega 3 is not just good for a baby’s brain but yours too. If you take omega 3 fatty acids over an extended period of time it is shown to slow down or prevent the degeneration of your brain. It prevents memory loss and dementia. Not surprisingly Alzheimer’s’ patients benefit greatly from omega 3 supplements.
A happy, healthy heart
Heart disorders are on the up, and also alarmingly, a leading cause of hospitalisation. How can omega 3 fatty acids improve heart health? They combat the factors that challenge your heart health such as plaque, inflammation, blood clots, triglycerides, bad cholesterol and hypertension.
Bye-bye period blues: Helps with PMS
For some, menstrual pain can be severe and significantly affect your quality of life. Women who take omega-3 have milder menstrual pain. Did you know that an omega-3 supplement is more effective than ibuprofen in treating pain during menstruation, with an array of added benefits.
Inflammation is a natural response to infections and damage in your body. Now you know what the definition is, how does omega 3 help? In short, it can reduce the production of molecules and substances linked to inflammation and treats arthritis, reduce the risk of osteoporosis and improves bone strength and joint health.
VitaminMe’s Omega 3 + Power contains fish oil, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which play a crucial role in brain development and neurological function, contributing to overall cognitive wellbeing.