Omega 3 Ingredients
What is Omega 3
Omega 3 is a fatty acid that consists of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Unlike some other fats, omega 3 fats are actually healthy and should be consumed for a healthy lifestyle. Omega 3 fats are unsaturated fats.
Omega 3 is a fatty acid that is mostly found in food such as fish, but it can also be found in other vegan options like seeds, nuts and canola oil.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) – EPA is found in fish that lives in cold water like tuna and salmon. EPA can reduce the risk of blood clots and it reduces pain and swelling in the body.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – Like EPA, DHA is also found in fish that lives in cold water. DHA has a big role in the development of the eyes and the nerve tissues.
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) – ALA comes from the oil from plants and is a vegan option to get Omega 3. Examples are flaxseed and soybeans. Alpha-linolenic decreases the risk of heart disease.
Another Omega is Omega 6 which also is a healthy and important fat for your body. Just like Omega 3 oil, Omega 6 also contains different types of fats wich are:
- Linoleic acid (LA)
- Arachidonic Acid (ARA)
- Gamma linolenic (GLA)
- Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
Difference between Fish oil and Omega 3
A lot of people confuse fish oil and omega 3 oils – and it is not completely wrong. The difference between fish oil and omega 3 is mostly that fact that Omega 3 contains 3 fats: EPA, DHA and ALA and fish oil only contains: EPA and DHA. The third one ALA is found in plants and seeds, and is therefore not in fish oil.
Why should you take Omega 3
There are many benefits to taking an Omega 3 supplement, especially if you are not getting it via food intake. Omega 3 is needed to maintain a normal development and growth. Our body can not produce omega-3 fatty acids so we need to get them from our diet, or take it as a supplement. Omega 3 is vital for the body and has many benefits and also many negative side effects if we do not get enough of it.
Omega 3 benefits
- Decrease the risk of high blood pressure
- Helps with rheumatoid arthritis
- Reduces the risk of heart attacks
- Reduces the risk of strokes
- Reduces the risk of heart disease
- Strengthens the immune system
Symptoms of Omega 3 deficiency
- Feeling fatigue
- Leg cramps and/or joint pain
- Dry skin, thin nails and brittle hair
A symptom of omega 3 deficiency that is easy to see, because it is on the outside and visible, is the quality of your hair, nails and skin. If you have dry skin, brittle hair and nails that chips and crack easily there is a high chance that your intake of Omega 3 fats are too low. Although Omega 3 oil has an ever bigger impact inside of your body, it might be hard to know everything that goes on inside of your body. Keeping an eye on the outside (hair, skin, nails) is a great way to see if you need more Omega 3.