The Omega 3 Factor

The Omega 3 Factor – A Super Food 

We have heard many reports concerning the benefits of Omega 3’s in relation to heart health.  The discussion of the world’s healthiest foods requires some basics concerning Omega 3 fatty acids.  No diet would be complete without Omega 3 fatty acids.  These fats play a vital role in our health and development throughout our entire life. This article will take a closer look at these important nutrients and the effects they have on our body.

Wellness Starts at the Top

First, we need to take a brief look at the science of our brain. The brain is made up of about sixty percent fat.  This fat is found mainly within the membranes that surround the brain’s nerve cells. The composition and chemistry of these membranes has a direct effect on chemical reactions in the brain. These chemical reactions are the brain’s signals. Extensive studies have been conducted to analyze the Omega 3 fat influence on these brain signals.  It is believed that Omega 3 fatty acids promote better and faster transfer of signals in the brain. This is important news which means that means Omega 3 fatty acids are good for you and your brain.  

When your brain signals are working optimally, your whole body benefits. Other than brain health itself, other health benefits related to Omega 3s have been discovered.  These GOOD fats are found to inhibit cancer cell growth, reduce inflammation throughout the body, prohibit excess clotting in the blood, and reduce the risk of obesity by stimulating a hormone called leptin.  Leptin is important since it helps regulate metabolism and body weight.

While we wait for any definitive studies to prove the true power of Omega 3s in treating or improving things like mental disorders, heart disease, and cancer, many researchers still claim there are significant benefits to consuming foods that contain these vital fats.

Looking for Omega 3s

If you live in Alaska, Taiwan, or Japan you may already be eating enough foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. These populations routinely consume fish that is fatty, in a good way. Diets that contain fatty fish continue to show better results with respect to less inflammatory ailments and less obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

If you don’t live in one of these areas, you can still find plenty of the Omega 3s you need.  These fatty acids are most prevalent in seafoods, with salmon, tuna, scallops, sardines, and trout being particularly rich. Other sources of Omega 3s are algae, krill, and shrimp, as well as certain nuts and seeds, like walnuts, hemp seeds and flaxseeds (but your body must make the chains for the Omega 3’s so don’t count on seeds and nuts only for your Omega 3’s).  

Vegetables and spices like cloves, mustard seeds, cauliflower, collard greens, and cabbage are good sources for Omega 3s. Even certain berries, like strawberries and raspberries, provide at least some of the same healthy benefits.

Eating a healthy diet rich in organic green leafy vegetables, lean free range meats, seafood, as well as nuts, seeds and berries, will contribute to your overall health. This general guide just happens to include many foods that are naturally rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Eating more of these foods could be one of the simplest ways to supplement your good health!
 
The importance of Omega 3’s in your diet can’t be stressed enough.  More articles on this ‘super’ fat will be coming soon!  In the meantime, start incorporating these ‘super’ foods in your diet this week!
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