Omega 3’s — The Friendly Fat

With so many supplement choices, vitamins and medications on the market today, it can be difficult to decide which ones are beneficial for you and which ones may not be.  Omega 3 fatty acids have been highly debated and talk about everywhere from the newspaper and television commercials, and your local drugstore.  Sorting out the facts may seem challenging, but some simple recommendations can help you boost your intake and possibly improve your health.

Most people think that fats are all bad for your body.  Why in fact there are some fats that are good for your health and can help keep your body functioning properly.  Omega 3’s are among these good fats.  Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for performing duties in your body to help keep you healthy without even realizing it.    These tiny little compounds have been shown to reduce symptoms of ADHD, hypertension, depression, lower stroke risk, and treats inflammatory diseases like arthritis.  Researchers believe that the benefits of Omega 3’s come from their ability to reduce inflammation in the body.  It is also possible that Omega 3’s can help prevent future conditions such as Alzheimer’s by keeping our brains healthy. Most diets are chronically deficient in this essential compound.  Finding food sources to supply the body with these fatty acids may not be as hard as you may think.  Found in  sources such as fish, walnuts, and some fruits and vegetables, you can easily increase your daily intake.

Due to warnings against high mercury levels in certain types of fish many people are afraid to consume too much.  While in reality, the guidelines provided by the FDA suggest that pregnant women and very small children should limit their intake of high mercury containing fish, 12 ounces of fish is still safe for everyone each week.  In order to consume enough of these beneficial fats, the FDA recommends two servings of fish per week, which falls well below the general safetyt guidelines of 3 to 4 servings of fish per week for those who may be concerned about mercury levels.  For those who are hoping to receive heart benefits from their omega-3’s, choose high-fat fishes such as salmon, mackerel and tuna.  If you’re not a fish eater, you may want to try to get your Omega 3’s from sources such as flax seed or walnuts.

While eating a balanced diet and taking in your Omega three fatty acids naturally is certainly the best way to get to your health benefit, pharmaceutical companies will soon be releasing an Omega supplements that you may take in a pill form.  Before starting any medication regimen is best to speak with your physician.  Discuss any medications that you are currently taking including any other vitamins or supplements.  He or she will be able to guide you in your process to better health.