The benefits of taking Omega-3 fats are essential for overall health, and many experts say they can assist in improving our:
- Heart Health,
- Brain & Memory function (cognitive abilities),
- Hair, Skin & Nails,
- Weight Loss,
- Joints and Arthritis related issues,
- Eye & Vision
Omega-3 fats are crucial in the process when our brain makes Myelin, the fatty insulating layers around nerve fibres (neurons), which increases the speed at which impulses are conducted. Without these fats we'd feel slower, and stop functioning. These "essential fatty acids", are necessary for our bodies to survive although we cannot produce the fats naturally. Therefore, supplementing our diets with a daily dose of Omega-3 only makes us stronger! Omega-3 can be found in fish, as well as krill oil and calamari oil too.
There are three kinds of Omega-3 fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). This is important to note because the benefits are not all equal. DHA and EPA have more potent effects in your body, with DHA making up 40% of the fat in your brain.
Our daily diet may keep our brains running strong, although relying on diet alone may not provide you with the recommended daily intake of Omega-3 fatty acids and you may not be taking advantage of all the benefits.
In the average diet, Omega-3 is mostly found in fish, nuts and anchovies. Nuts, like flaxseeds and walnuts, contain mostly ALA. Fish contains more DHA and EPA, but depending on the fish, you may need several servings to get to beneficial amounts.
The Australian Heart Foundation recommends 500mg daily of DHA and EPA to help prevent cardiovascular disease, and the American Heart Association recommends 1000mg daily of DHA+EPA for who have cardiovascular disease.
Omega-3 supplements are suitable for adults and children, and come in the form of oil, oil capsules, and gummies! The oils are concentrated doses extracted from high Omega-3 sources like fish, krill, algae and, more recently, calamari (squid). Be sure to read the label to check suitability to children and the recommended daily intake amounts.
Calamari oil is an emerging source for Omega-3 supplements. Research shows that the oil contains more naturally occurring DHA than fish, krill or algae. Also, calamari may be more ecologically sustainable as a source than its competitors.
If you’re looking for a source of Omega-3, potentially high in DHA and EPA, to suit your needs, check out our range of Omega-3 products at Healthy Bargains, as always, we offer discount prices on various high-Omega-3 supplements.