Omega 3 Fatty Acids, the facts

Once you really get to know your omega’s from your onions, I think you’ll agree that a daily dose of essential fats is key, to leading a healthy vibrant life.

So lets take a closer look at these beneficial omega’s:

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

So far in this series I have discussed good fats for health.

I have identified that at least one-third of our diet needs to come from polyunsaturated fats, a very important essential fat that our body cannot make.

Polyunsaturated fats provide us with two essential fatty acids, these are used as building blocks for many cells and molecules within our body, which requires a balance of both omega-6 and omega 3 fatty acids for good health.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

  • The grandmother of the Omega 3 fatty acids family is Alpha linolenic acid
  • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
  • Dha (docosahexaenoic acid)

The omega-3 fats EPA and DHA, are the fats that makes the hormone substances known as series 3 prostaglandins,

They help to reduce stickiness of our blood, maintain water balance in the body’s tissues and control cholesterol and fat levels.

The long-chain fatty acids DHA and EPA is produced by algae, this in turn is eaten by fish such as mackerel, sardines and salmon, which we discuss in the article omega 3 foods.

Short Chain Omega-3

The other form of omega-3 is ALA, this is known as a “short-chain” fatty acid.

ALA is found in flax known as linseed, hemp, pumpkin, nuts, omega 3 fatty acids rich eggs and algae, it is also found in vegetable oils, a topic we discussed in greater detail in the article, healthy edible oils.

It is important to note, that roughly only between 5 and 10% of this short chain fatty acid, only gets converted to EPA and DHA.

The Naked Truth

Our diet is very deficient in omega 3 fatty acids, this is because they are prone to damage in cooking and food processing.

Yet both our brain and our bodies are very dependent on this most precious of essential fatty acids.

They are essential for correct brain function, improving our vision, learning, moods and coordination.

Sadly because our diet is so deficient in these fatty acids, cardiovascular disease, depression and mental health and a whole host of other diseases is on the rise.

But the good news is that there are some really good fats for health, which you can read all about here.

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