Did you know that fish oil supplements containing omega 3 fatty acids are one of the few supplements that are actually backed by scientific research? We see advertising for the numerous supplements that will ‘improve our health’, though not all of them have the goods to back it up.
So why are omega 3 fatty acids so important?
The body cannot produce omega 3 fatty acids, nor can it synthesise them out of the omega 6 fatty acids that are fairly commonplace in our modern diet. Yet these are the ones we need to make sure that we get. When we talk about getting your essential omega 3 fatty acids we are generally referring to EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids. Though the other, called ALA, is also very beneficial and is generally found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds.
Basically omega 3 fatty acids are essential in aiding the basic functions of your body, however they are taken for their numerous specific health benefits such as maintaining strong healthy bones, supporting healthy cholesterol levels and actually helping to balance/ improve your mood!
Like with all supplements though, it is important to follow dosage guidelines. Taking large doses of fish oil can actually prevent your blood from clotting properly which can cause bleeding issues. So for this reason people with specific illnesses should check with their doctor before starting on fish oil supplements.
Though supplementation is a sure way to receive omega 3 fatty acids (make sure the brand you choose has a high concentration of specifically omega 3’s, as not all do) you can also gain omega 3’s from natural food sources such as:
- Fresh tuna
Fresh seafood is a fantastic natural source of omega 3 fatty acids as well as being rich in protein and other nutrients.