Omega-3’s & Their Health Benefits for Adults

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Calamari is a good source for Omega-3's

Calamari is a good source for Omega-3’s

This is a guest post from Roselen Fernandez, a blogger for Health 365.

You may have heard of omega-3’s on television and the internet.  I also bet you have mainly heard them associated with baby formula, canned and flaked tuna commercials and/or other kids meals.  Though they are mainly present in kids foods, they are also very essential for adult health.

Omega-3 fatty acids are known and linked to healthy aging therefore; you don’t have to be a kid to need them.  Omega-3’s are essential for adult’s health concerns.

Sources of Omega 3’s

Omega-3’s cannot be produced by our body.  Unlike other components, and nutrients; they can only be obtained from outside sources.  Omega-3’s are primarily obtained from marine sources such as fish. Salmon, mackerel and krill are common sources.  Nuts like flaxseed and walnuts are also rich in omega-3’s.

Benefits of Omega 3 for Adults

An adequate supply of omega-3 among pregnant mother and children may stimulate learning and may even lessen the childs’ probability of experiencing ADHD.  For adults, it has a lot of benefits:

  1. It supports brain and eye function.  You need both as you grow old.  You need to have both to stay sharp.
  2. Strengthens cardiovascular health.  Omega-3 is good for the heart.  It helps in cardiovascular health and may help you avoid some diseases related to the cardiovascular system.
  3. Improves memory.  As you grow old, memory retention declines.  Studies show that a supplement of omega 3 taken from fish or calamari oil may sharpen your memory and keep you alert for most of the day.  It also prevents dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  4. Benefits for some other diseases.  These include cancer, asthma, depression and arthritis.
  5. It is anti inflammatory. It has anti-inflammatory components and is very helpful with the reduction of inflammation.  A chronic inflammatory condition might be stopped and will not worsen.
  6. 6.     Keeps your arteries healthier.

Some confuse omega-3 with omega-6, but they are different.  Both are every beneficial but they have different uses.  For example, omega-3 is anti-inflammatory; omega-6 may trigger inflammation.

Once taking omega supplements, always check the labels.  You might be taking the wrong one.  Fish for omega 3 is good, but a lot of the time they are filled with toxicities because they have long lifespans. Nuts may be a healthier option.

So whether you choose fish, nuts or supplements, you always have options.  Choose to be healthy now and you will reap your rewards later.

Author: Roselen is a passionate blogger with an aim of promoting healthy living which is very much aligned to the goal of Health 365 – a website that supports and educates its readers to make an informed decision concerning their health.

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