Health Benefits of Omega-3s
The way to a healthy heart is through the stomach, with Omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids offer several health benefits. Research shows that Omega-3s may benefit by boosting hearth health, lowering triglyceride levels, increasing joint flexibility and even helping with certain chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and depression. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids, and the two essential ones– EPA and DHA — are primarily found in fish.
The American Heart Association recommends:
Omega-3 fatty acids are not only beneficial for the heart. They also:
If you aren't a fan of fish, there are other ways to get Omega-3s. Flax seed oil and flax seeds not only provide a good plant-based source of Omega-3, they can be purchased in bulk in health food stores and are inexpensive. Two tablespoons a day of crushed flax seeds in your cereal are all you need.
Before you consider taking Omega-3 in supplement form, remember to consult your healthcare provider. While rare, the NIH does warn there may be side effects if Omega-3 is consumed in large quantities. This should be taken into account for any supplement you consider taking, especially in combination with medication.