I´m sure most people out there are already familiar with the benefits of Omega 3 by now, but let´s do a little repeat, for fun! 🙂
Omega 3 fatty acids are what we call essential fatty acids, which means your body needs them in order to function properly, however your body can´t make them, so you need to get them through your food. The best source would be fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, and tuna. If fish isn´t your thing, the next best option would be a high quality supplement (found in your nearest health food store, make sure it´s made from natural oil though and not the creepy synthetic alternatives which unfortunately are out there).
These are some of the important roles omega 3 plays in our lives:
Omega 3 is necessary for your brain to function optimally. Don´t forget this is especially important for the growing brains of kids. In fact there are studies pointing to the importance of adding the fatty acid to the diet to improve the cognitive functions in children with ADD. (More on that here!) It´s also recommended for pregnant women to (if not willing to eat fish) take an omega 3 supplement for the development of the brain of their unborn baby. You remember when you were little and your mom would always tell you “fish makes you smart” (or was that just me), well, as much as I hate to admit it, she was actually right!
High cholesterol, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease:
This is probably the areas where Omega 3 is mostly famous for its benefits. I´m not going to get into the details cause then I´d be writing a book, so just to keep it short; clinical studies have shown eating EPA and DHA (acids found in fish oil) helps reduce the risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. If you´re interested in more information I would suggest Google. 🙂
A low carb high fat diet has shown itself being very beneficial for people with diabetes (type 1 and 2). An intake of omega 3 could help lowering the levels of triglycerides and raise your HDL (good cholesterol). For more on diabetes and the importance of fat in general (not just omega 3), click here!
A lot of people suffering from acne, dry skin, and exzemas can be helped from an intake of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. The essential oils will help keeping your skin cells soft, smooth and happy, and if you catch them early they might even prevent a wrinkle or two from popping up too soon! It´s important to combine the two oils though, as omega 6 by itself has a inflammatory effect, they need to be combined for optimal results.