Secrets of the deep – Why fish oils are a popular choice for Omega 3
You might not have liked the taste, but when grandma told you “Cod liver oil is good for you” she was right! Omega 3 fatty acids play a major role in the development of the brain, eyes and nervous system. While fatty acids like ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), can be found in plants, seeds and nuts, it’s fish that contain the important long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentanoic acid) believed to provide the majority of Omega-3's health benefits.
EPA and DHA are found exclusively in seafood and marine algae.
Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in normal body functions and are associated with protection against a wide range of diseases. A powerful anti-inflammatory agent, Omega-3 may also be beneficial in assisting the management of arthritis symptoms and the effects of psoriasis on the skin. Healthy levels of Omega 3 are also required for the maintenance and management of heart health.
The advantages of Omega-3 intake are certainly outstanding, but how do you get it and how much is sufficient?
As a result of today’s lifestyle and our Western diet, most people’s Omega-3 levels are way too low.
For good health, it is recommended to get at least two servings of non-fried fish per week. Oily fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel are good sources of Omega-3 and are easily absorbed by the body.
Of course, these recommendations are based on the assumption that the fish is fresh, derived from an unpolluted environment and has been prepared gently so as to retain good levels of Omega-3. Most often this is not the case, as a lot of fish is farm-raised, has long transportation routes and may not be consistently stored under ideal conditions.
Quality fresh fish can also be quite costly at times and may not always be available, and some people simply do not like the taste of fish or have a seafood allergy.
This is why a high quality fish-based Omega 3 supplementation is frequently recommended.
It's important to ensure the Omega 3 supplement you consume is of the highest quality available. With so many cheap brands on the market, it's easy to fall into the trap of purchasing low grade quality supplements based on price only.
For the best health results, look for a high quality, high purity Omega 3 supplement, with limited processing and no additives.
Kids Need Omega 3 too…
A study (link2) of researchers from the University of Wollongong showed an alarming 50 - 60% of Australian children do not receive sufficient Omega-3 - crucial for brain and eye development, learning and behaviour. As this is most likey linked to diet, it's important that children's Omega 3 intake is monitored or supplemented.
Lifetime Health offers high quality pleasant tasting soft-gel capsules for children, as well as premium quality fish-based Omega 3 supplements for adults, so you and your family can enjoy all the health benefits of Omega 3 from a brand you can trust!