Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Omega 3 Is Truly A Wonder

Omega 3 Is Truly A Wonder
By Carol Stack

SalmonThe nutrition wonder of modern times, Omega 3 fish oil is overwhelmingly supported by scientific proof to correct and prevent so many different health ailments that it is a no brainer to include it as one of your daily supplements if not in your diet.

A partial list of health benefits would include:

* Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease
* Improves your memory
* Improves some forms of arthritis
* Helps people with asthma and allergies
* Protects against the symptoms of sinus infections
* Decreases depression
* Raises good cholesterol
* Lowers bad cholesterol

Benefits
From heart health to depression treatment to pregnancy health, Omega 3 benefits are too good to ignore if you are interested in health. The benefits of fish oil are well-known. With such an abundance of scientific data to support the health benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids we don't have to look too hard to learn what the benefits are.

First, we need to learn that fish oil contains two important acids, EPA and DHA. Most of the benefit of fish oil is found in DHA, so when investigating which Omega 3 product to purchase be sure it has DHA and EPA. Since DHA is found in much greater quantities in fish oil, that is the number one choice in order to get the full benefit of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Benefits to Your Heart
Doctors and scientists believe that EPA and DHA Omega 3 fatty acids, both of which are found in fish oil, may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Even the American Heart Association and Food and Drug Administration have come out with positive remarks about the potential benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids in relation to heart disease.

The fatty acids found in fish oil have been linked to helping prevent heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases. However, if you currently have any heart condition, be sure to check with your doctor for the recommended dosage.

Brain
DHA and EPA are crucial for optimal brain functioning and development. The concentration of DHA in the brain is higher than in other organ of the body.

Although it is not understood yet exactly why Omega 3 acids improve memory, the thought is that DHA helps to repair and nourish brain cells. For instance, it has been found that people who are chronically sad have low levels of serotonin. DHA appears to regulate the serotonin, improving a person's mood and even producing a calming effect.

Cholesterol
Research has shown that DHA and EPA fatty acids found in Omega 3 supplements, particularly those containing fish oil, may increase levels of good HDL cholesterol in the blood stream, while lowering triglycerides.

Doctors and scientists believe that good HDL cholesterol helps to remove bad LDL cholesterol from the bloodstream, preventing artery-blocking build-up known as atherosclerosis. So DHA and EPA fatty acids appear to play an important role in improving your cholesterol levels.

Memory
Two leading neuroscientists recently announced that an active lifestyle and a diet rich in the Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oils help prevent the memory loss associated with old age.

Conclusion
The facts are in - fish oil is a tremendous source of DHA, which is needed by our bodies to improve functions such as memory, our mood, and even suppress aggression. At the same time, it fights things such as heart disease, high cholesterol and asthma. Omega 3 is truly a wonder.

About the Author
Carol Stack has written numerous articles. She lives in the United States with her husband, three children and various dogs and cats. Carol and her sister Barbara have combined forces to produce a website that focuses on healthy and nutritious foods and recipes. You can visit it at Healthy Recipes And More.

Picture: Salmon, a rich source of Omega 3

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