Omega-3 fatty acids. You’ve likely heard advertisements or read articles about their benefits to your health, but what exactly are they good for? Good question. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered ‘essential fatty acids,’ meaning they’re not produced naturally within your body. Instead, they need to be consumed, either through food or nutritional supplementation.
The benefits are numerous, though it’s important to consume them within normal recommended amounts. Omega-3s can help reduce inflammation in the blood vessels and joints within your body, and play a role in reducing harmful triglyceride levels in your blood. As such, they also appear to aid in the reduction or severity of heart disease, and researchers have found that they can reduce symptoms of depression, aid in prenatal health, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
While much of the research is preliminary on the full extent of benefits provided by Omega-3s, the fact remains: They’re crucial to overall health, and they may be even better than we know today.
So where do you get these Omega-3s? Flaxseeds, walnuts, salmon, and tuna are just a few of the popular sources, though numerous Omega-3 nutritional supplements are now available. However, when choosing a supplement, always consult with your physician or pharmacist first.
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