Omega-3 essential fatty acids can only be obtained through diets and supplements. These beneficial fats are found in fatty fish, free-range eggs, and the meat and milk of pasture-fed cows.
Omega-3s provide protection against a wide range of conditions involving our cardiovascular, emotional, immune and neurological systems.
There is very good evidence that having the correct balance of omega-3 fatty acids vs omega-6 fatty acids is a contributor to maintaining healthy blood pressure and preventing the accumulation of triglycerides (blood fats), which lead to hardened arteries. In addition, omega-3s may help provide protection against heart arrhythmias and blood clots.
Omega-3s have important effects in the brain, which is largely made up of fat. Correct amounts of DHA, an important essential fatty acid, affect serious mental health problems such as depression and bipolar disorder, as well as more general issues with memory and attention span.
In addition, omega-3s have important effects on inflammatory conditions and other immune system issues, such as asthma and allergies.
There is new and exciting evidence that just might offer some sweet relief to people living with clinical depression. Evidence continues piling up that adequate dietary intake of omega-3s not only keeps depression from developing—it can also reduce symptoms in those already suffering. What a godsend that would be. The implications are staggering, not just […]
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