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The ‘Essential Fatty Acids’

Omega-3 fatty acids are the ‘Essential Fatty Acids’ that have powerful health benefits for your body and brain.

What is so essential about the Essential Fatty Acids?

Various research studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids have a positive impact on conditions like heart disease, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, asthma, depression, etc. The anti-inflammatory properties in omega-3 fatty acids have a positive effect on women, especially those going through menopause

Who all need Omega-3 Fatty Acids

OmegaOmega-3 Fatty Acids seem to have health benefits for people of all age groups – from before birth to old age. Infants who do not get enough omega-3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems.

Symptoms of omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include

  • Fatigue
  • Poor memory
  • Dry skin
  • Heart problems
  • Mood swings or depression
  • Poor circulation

Omega-3 Sources:


  • Canola oil
  • Eggs
  • Flaxseed
  • Hempseed oil
  • Marine microalgae
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Seafood like anchovies, herring, mackerel, oysters, sardines, wild salmon and sardines are both high in omega-3 and low in environmental contaminants
  • Walnuts

Child need it too!

OmegaIn kids under 12, it was found that the supplements might help in developing:

  • Higher intelligence
  • Better communication and social skills
  • Less behavioral problems
  • Decreased risk of developmental delay
  • Decreased risk of ADHD, autism and cerebral palsy
  • Reduced chances of Asthma
  • Reduced Diabetes chances in kids

In young adults Omega-3 fatty acids cut the risk of Cardio Vascular Disease, depression and some forms of cancer.

How can they help to prevent Heart Diseases?

Heart attacks and strokes are the world’s leading causes of death and research shows that Omega-3 fatty acids have numerous benefits for heart health:

  • Help to reduce triglycerides
  • Can reduce blood pressure levels in people with high blood pressure
  • They help to raise HDL (the “good”) cholesterol levels
  • Prevent formation of blood clots
  • They help to prevent plaque deposition that can restrict and harden the arteries
  • Prevent any type of inflammation

Omega-3 fatty acids form an important part of optimal health. Getting them from whole foods, such as eating fatty fish twice a week, is the best way to ensure the right omega-3 fatty acid intake. However, if you don’t eat a lot of fatty fish, then you may also consider taking an omega-3 supplement for good health.

It is often said that we are what we eat. The most important thing for healthy living is a Right Diet. Right Diet means eating healthy and intelligently.

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