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Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • Benefits to heart health 

Heart attack survivors supplementing with fish oils reduce their risk of another heart attack, stroke, or death.

Regular fish consumption –once or more per week- lowers the risk of sudden cardiac event by 50 percent.

 

  • Omega-3 normalizes and regulates cholesterol triglyceride levels

Fish oil and krill oil are efficient in normalizing and regulating cholesterol triglyceride levels.

Both krill and fish oils reduce the enzyme activity that causes the liver to metabolize fat, but krill has more pronounced effects, reducing liver triglycerides significantly more.

Studies have also shown that omega-3 fats are …

  • anti-arrhythmic (preventing or counteracting cardiac arrhythmia),
  • anti-thrombotic (prevents thrombosis or a blood clot within a blood vessel),
  • anti-atherosclerotic (preventing fatty deposits and fibrosis of the inner layer of your arteries), and
  • anti-inflammatory (counteracting inflammation – the heat, pain, swelling, etc).

 

  • DHA affects our child’s learning and behavior. 

Two crucial omega 3s —EPA and DHA— are primarily found in certain fish.

ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), another omega-3 fatty acid, is found in plant sources such as nuts and seeds.

EPA and DHA keep the dopamine levels in our brain high, increase neuronal growth in the frontal cortex of our brain, and increase cerebral circulation.

A low level of DHA is linked with poorer reading, vocabulary, memory and behavioral problems in healthy school-age children.

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and related behavior or learning disabilities are likely to have low omega-3 fat levels.

  • Omega-3 saves the lives of children going through short bowel syndrome (SBS – when a portion of the intestine fails to develop).
  • A diet high in omega-3s lowers inflammation, a key component in asthma.
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Some research suggests that omega-3s may help protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and have a positive effect on gradual memory loss linked to aging.

 

Find out more about the types of omega 3s here.

 

 

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