Omega 3 fatty acids have become more and more popular over the last few years. Diets rich in Omega 3 have been recommended to patients suffering from heart diseases. Omega 3 fatty acids have also been proven to be essential for the normal brain development of babies during pregnancies.
Omega 3 is from a family of “good" fats or polyunsaturated fatty acids. Fats are needed for normal body functions and play an important part in normal cell growth and functioning. Omega 3 also belongs to the group of “essential fatty acids" or those which the body can’t produce. These essential fatty acids are important in maintaining optimal body health, so a diet rich in Omega 3 is important.
The Japanese have been known to have long life expectancies. Studies have shown that they maintain a healthy diet which is mainly composed of fish. Unlike animal meat, fish meat contains fats which are essential and healthy. Having a fish diet provides us with large amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids which are beneficial to our health.
“We are what we eat" is an old saying. Having a fish diet provides us with numerous nutrients particularly Omega 3 fatty acids which are good in lowering levels of fats in the body. Studies have also shown that some diseases could be prevented with a diet rich in Omega 3.
Omega 3 fatty acids could be found in large amounts in fish meat. Benefits of having a fish diet rich in Omega 3 include good cardiovascular health. A healthy heart is maintained by promoting good blood circulation. Omega 3 helps in eliminating high levels fats contained in the bloodstream, thus reducing the possibility of blood clots and clearing your blood vessels for smoother flow of blood. To exemplify this, imagine your kitchen pipes being clogged with fat deposits through the years. Omega 3 acts to break down these fats and clears your kitchen pipes providing a clear pathway for water.
- Lowers blood fat levels
- Lowers blood pressure
- Maintains blood vessels open
- Reduces the risk of hardened arteries
Omega 3 fatty acids play a major role in the growth of the baby during pregnancy. It is vital for normal brain development of babies and prevents brain defects in later life. Pregnant mothers are instructed to take recommended doses of Omega 3 or supplement their diet with fish. After birth, babies get their supply of Omega 3 fatty acids from breastfeeding to promote normal brain development.
Arthritis is a medical condition wherein there is a decrease of blood supply to different parts of the body. Decreased blood supplies then causes the pain suffered by patients. Omega 3 fatty acids make the blood less thick allowing for smoother passage through blood vessels alleviating the pain.
Studies have shown that Omega 3 fatty acids could decrease the symptoms of patients suffering from inflammatory kidney diseases and inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Omega 3 acts as an inflammatory agent therefore reducing the need for inflammatory medications. This provides a more economical and natural way of managing some diseases.
Having a healthy diet means eating a balanced meal rich in minerals and nutrients. It means cutting down on “bad foods" or unhealthy fats in our diet. Fish diets are healthy, rich in Omega 3, and can help maintain a person’s overall health. So if someone asks you if a fish diet is truly healthy, tell them definitely, because it’s not just another fish story, it’s Omega 3.
written by Ronald Uy, RN
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