Is dry skin, fatigue, forgetfulness, heart problems, poor circulation, or mood swings a concern?
Then you might be interested to learn, that these are the hallmark symptoms of omega-3 deficiency.
Unfortunately, enough of us aren’t getting them in the right proportions in our diet.
But once you really get to know your omegas from your onions, we think you’ll agree, that a daily dose of essential fats is key to leading a healthy, vibrant life.
So let’s take a closer look at these beneficial omegas:
Essential fatty acids
Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, everybody requires the correct ratio in their diet to stay healthy.
These days, the average person’s consumption of omega-6 fatty acids is around ten times higher than our consumption of 3 or 9 combined, when in fact we need to get a healthy balance of all three.
This is especially worrying because omega-6 is pro-inflammatory and requires anti-inflammatory omega-3’s to balance them out. Inflammation is behind premature ageing and other related diseases including arthritis.
So far in this series, we have discussed good fats for health.and 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.
These polyunsaturated fats provide us with two essential fatty acids – the building blocks for many cells and molecules within our body, which require both omega-6 and 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 make the hormonal substances known as series-3 prostaglandins, they help to reduce the stickiness of our blood, maintain water balance in the body’s tissues, and control cholesterol and fat levels.
They are referred to as long-chain fatty acids, DHA and EPA, which are produced by algae. This, in turn, is eaten by fish such as mackerel, sardine, or salmon, which are rich in omega 3.
If that wasn’t complicated enough, there is another form of Omega-3 (ALA) a “short-chain” fatty acid. ALA is found in flax known as linseed, hemp, pumpkin, nuts, omega 3 fatty acid-rich eggs, and algae, roughly only between 5 and 10% of this short-chain fatty acid gets converted to EPA and DHA.
Omega-3 is not that difficult to get from a healthy diet, but because they are prone to damage in cooking and food processing, with the concerns around mercury, or if you’re a vegetarian, it’s easy to wind up, with an unhealthy fatty acid ratio in your diet.
As we can see, not only our mood but also our brains and our bodies are very dependent on this most precious of fatty acids.
From this article, we can see they are essential for correct brain function, depression, preventing Alzheimer’s, improving vision, learning, coordination – so many things in fact.
Sadly, because our diet is so deficient in these fatty acids, cardiovascular disease, depression, mental health, and a whole host of other diseases are on the rise.
But the good news is that there are some really good omega 3 fatty acids supplements available. Floras 7 Sources, for instance, is a complete, all-in-one, derived from seven different land and sea plants including flax, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, evening primrose, algae, pumpkin, evening primrose, algae, and coconut.
If switching your consumption over to a hippie sounding oil supplement is not that appealing, you can also get your supplies from natural food sources, which we discuss in the article Omega 3 food.
It really doesn’t matter how you get yours—just make sure that you do! Otherwise, you’re going to be really cranky, irritable, and itchy for absolutely no good reason. And let’s face it, who has time for that?