Health Benefits of Omega-3s

Cardiac Health | Monday, October 22nd, 2012 | No Comments

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:

  • Eating fatty fish two to three times a week salmon, sardines, tuna, trout
  • Baking or grilling fish, and avoid frying
  • Staying away from high sodium seasonings

Omega-3 fatty acids are not only beneficial for the heart. They also:

  • Enhance the immune system
  • Help improve memory
  • Control blood sugar
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Prevent allergies
  • Benefit prenatal health

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.

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