33 Health Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

It is a sad truth that most people in the 21st century are severely lacking in omega-3 fatty acids (and even fewer know what they do!).  Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids (EFAs) that you have to take in through your diet, as the human body cannot manufacture them.  EFAs play an extremely important role in many cellular functions, as well as they help to prevent the onset of many diseases.  Their health benefits are numerous, so here is a list of 33 of the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids that you should likely know about:

1)    Lowers blood pressure in hypertensive adults

2)    Increases good HDL cholesterol

3)    Reduces hunger sensations during weight loss

4)    Inhibits breast cancer growth

5)    Boosts immune system and reduces the risk of autoimmune diseases

6)    Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease

7)    May prevent the onset of depression

8)    May help in the treatment of postpartum depression

9)    Has a positive effect on brain gene expression

10) Aids in the prevention of psychotic disorders

11) Decreases the risk of sudden cardiac death as well as all-cause mortality

12) Aids in the regulation of blood clotting

13) Reduces the risk of stroke

14) Helps treat inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

15) Can aid in weight loss and help prevent obesity

16) Improves the condition of your skin

17) Beneficial in the treatment of asthma

18) Provide proper brain membrane function for the prevention of psychiatric diseases

19) Increases insulin sensitivity

20) Supports healthy skin and hair

21) Reduces C-reactive protein (CRP)

22) Effectively reduces menstrual pain

23) Provides positive effects on cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer’s disease

24) May lower the risk of colon cancer

25) Associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer

26) Essential for the formation of healthy cell membranes

27) Aids in proper thyroid and adrenal activity

28) Associated with an improvement in processing of visual information

29) Protects against ischemia, light, oxygen, inflammatory, and age-associated pathology of the eyes

30) Lowers triglycerides

31) Improves the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

32) May protect against bone loss from osteoporosis

33) Improves glucose-insulin metabolism

 

There are even more benefits than just those listed here!  Try to make sure that you are getting a sufficient amount of omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids through your diet by eating foods such as fatty fish, omega-3 eggs, grass-fed beef, flaxseed, various nuts, or you can try taking a supplement with fish oil or omega-3s and -6s.  Using a supplement has the added advantage of measuring out the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio for improved health.

 

Sourced from: http://www.coachcalorie.com/health-benefits-of-omega-3-fatty-acids/

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