What Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
Omega 3 fatty acids are considered vital to human health but, our bodies do not manufacturer these fatty acids on its own. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in certain foods like fish, nut oils, and even some plants. Omega 3 fatty acids help in brain functions as well as normal growth and development of our bodies.
There are three major types of omega 3 fatty acids that are ingested in foods and used by the body: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Once eaten, the body converts ALA to EPA and DHA, these two types of omega-3 fatty acids are then more readily used by the body.
Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
Reduce inflammation throughout your body
Keep your blood from clotting excessively
Maintain the fluidity of your cell membranes
Lowers the amount of lipids (fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides) circulating in the bloodstream
Decrease platelet aggregation, preventing excessive blood clotting
Increase the activity of another chemical derived from endothelial cells (endothelium-derived nitric oxide), which causes arteries to relax and dilate
Reduce the production of chemicals called cytokines, which are involved in the inflammatory response associated with atherosclerosis
Reduce the risk of becoming obese and improve the body's ability to respond to insulin by stimulating the secretion of leptin, a hormone that helps regulate food intake, body weight and metabolism, and is expressed primarily by adipocytes (fat cells)
Help prevent cancerous cell growth
Signs you may have a need for Omega-3 Fatty Acids in your diet.
Type 2 Diabetes
Dry, itchy skin
Brittle hair and nails
Inability to concentrate
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