The real life magic of Omega 3
There are certain kinds of magic in this world that we really want to believe in, such as fairies and unicorns, but we know at the end of the day to not be true. That fable about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow; that would be awesome if it was real, wouldn’t it?
As it turns out, it sort of is. If you consider Eric’s to be situated right at the end of the rainbow (and this where rainbows live, so that makes sense), then the pot of gold for you to find surely must be Omega-3.
What is Omega 3?
You may have heard of Omega-3 or seen some media talk about it, but not really known what the point of it is. We tend to automatically know why our bodies need some supplements like Vitamin C and Iron, but still be a bit in the dark about the benefits of others. But there is actually a wealth of goodness to be found in Omega-3 that you really shouldn’t deny your body any longer.
Omega-3 fatty acids or oils, specifically those known as EPA, DHA and ALA are found naturally in oily fish and nuts and seeds. There is also a certain amount to be gained from oils such as canola and flaxseed oil, and proteins such as grain-fed beef. Your body needs Omega-3 to function, but does not create these fatty acids itself, so you must get it from external sources.
These acids boost overall general health and wellbeing, including improving your brain power and balancing your everyday mood, but can also target specific health issues. Omega-3 has been used in the treatment of people with cancer, diabetes, infertility and bowel disease in order to reduce inflammation and improve general health and strength.
While most of us these days are trying to reduce fat in our bodies, trust me, this is one of the fats that you want to have.
How much do you need?
How much you need varies a little depending on what purpose you are taking it for. If you just want general health and wellbeing 1500mg daily is good, increasing this up to 3000mg for expectant mums. But if you need it to help repair joints or reduce high blood pressure, you could be advised to take as much as 10,000mg a day.
Some people have a greater tendency than others to be deficient in Omega-3 because of their diets. This can include people who have a high intake of processed foods and trans fats like those found in deep-fried foods and pastries. Having too much bad fats throws out the body’s balance and the good fats like Omega-3 struggle to do their good work. Often people on vegan or vegetarian diets can be low as well because of not having enough sources of protein.
Ideally you should get Omega-3 from food, but considering how much your body needs, it is kind of hard to each that much fish and nuts. A daily supplement can top up your levels nicely, and these are usually pretty easy to take.
Are some Omega-3 supplements better than others?
There are a couple of different things you can look for when choosing the right supplement. You can look for fish oil that is either from wild or sustainably sourced fish, as this can hold higher levels of the acids that you need. You could also benefit from looking for an oil that’s mercury tested. As one example, Norwegian fish oils are some of the very best you can get.
If you have trouble swallowing supplements you may wish to look for ones where you don’t have to take as many capsules to get the dose you need, and one with smaller tablets or capsules. Also some have a fishy aftertaste, so you can look specifically for ones without this.
If you are not sure which supplement to choose or how much you should be taking, feel free to chat to one of our expert staff today.
The top ten benefits you can get from taking Omega 3 daily
This little pot of goodness can improve your general cognitive health, including focus and attention, memory and problem solving abilities. In children it can help thinking, remembering and learning.
In helping to strengthen your memory it may also help protect your brain against dementia and conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease
Taking a healthy amount of Omega-3 can reduce your chances of contracting cancers, and can also slow the progress of some cancers if you are already diagnosed. It has been used successfully in the treatment of people with colon, breast and prostate cancers, to name a few.
Eye health and vision
Your eyes need a lot of DHA to function, with particularly high concentrations used by the retina. Omega-3 helps you to maintain good vision and keep your eyes strong.
Omega-3 has been shown to relieve joint pain and stiffness in for instance your elbows, shoulders, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. It can increase the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory medications and reduce the effects of ailments such as rheumatoid arthritis.
It can also help the body to repair from injury and can reduce the amount of time a body takes to recover athletically and get back to full strength.
Omega-3 can help your brain communicate with the rest of your body, and works to improve its ability to send signals all over your body and back to your brain.
Omega-3 can reduce the effects of psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. It reduces the physical and emotional symptoms of stress, and can boost the effects of medication such as anti-depressants.
Heart disease and blood pressure
Omega-3 reduces the levels of triglycerides, or blood fat, in your blood. Lowering triglycerides helps the blood to pump and flow through the body, and reduces clotting, which lowers your blood pressure to healthy levels and keeps your heart happy. This greatly lessens your risk of heart disease or stroke.
Basically it can lower your cholesterol and improve your general cardiovascular health, which is a probably a good idea for everyone.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
This wonderful magical supplement helps your baby to grow inside your belly, and remember it can’t make its own, so at this time you should be taking in enough for you and bubs. Omega-3 assists with the baby’s brain, nerves and eye development, both when it’s in your womb, and when you’re breastfeeding.
One of the ways Omega-3 can assist your body is to reduce inflammation. This means that it has been proven to lower the effects of asthma on sufferers, as it reduces the inflammation in the lungs. It can also reduce the amount of medication a sufferer needs to take to manage a healthy life.
The same as with adults and babies, Omega-3 helps a child’s neurological development, central nervous system effectiveness and visual health. Additionally it can have some effect on mood and cognition, and has been shown to lower the effects of conditions such as ADHD on children.
These fatty acids can strengthen your skin, and also incidentally help to thicken your hair and nails. Omega-3 can reduce the inflammation felt be people suffering from conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and calm the skin from itching and redness.
There are some reports can Omega-3 oils can help you lose weight or burn fat, but the evidence is still a bit new on this one.
Basically a healthy diet should be low in fat, but contain all of the good fats, so replacing trans fats with sources of Omega-3 will only be good for you in the long run.
We all need a little bit of magic in our lives
After reading this list, you are probably sitting there wondering, why am I not already taking this? And there’s no good answer to this, except, ‘Delay no longer!’, and get down to Eric’s today to get the pot of gold at the bottom of the rainbow.