Why do I need Omega 3 fatty acids in my diet?
Because Omega 3 is a ‘fatty’ acid many people fear it due to the high-fat content. And yet, more and more research is showing that is not in fact fat that makes you ‘fat’. Indeed, an adequate amount of healthy fats in your diet can actually help you maintain or lose weight. Plus, Omega 3 boasts many other health benefits that are not to be avoided.
Health Benefits of Omega 3
Omega 3 has been linked to reductions in the risk of cancer and heart disease. Omega 3 fatty acids are also thought to particularly benefit women as they can help protect against more female prevalent conditions such as osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Omega 3 supplementation can also ease menstrual pain too. Lastly, there is also burgeoning research that suggests that people who consume more Omega 3-rich foods or supplements could be at a lower risk of rectal and breast cancer.
Depression and Omega 3 supplements
Omega 3 has been linked with improvements in major depression, particularly women. However, studies are, as of yet, unable to assert direct causation between increased Omega 3 acids intake and the reduction of depressive symptoms or episodes.
Omega 3 and pregnancy
Women are advised to get plenty of Omega 3 during pregnancy to help develop a healthy baby. Long-chain fatty acids (EPA and DHA) have been shown to have a positive effect on infant cognitive and visual development and, there is even some research to suggest that increased Omega 3 consumption while pregnant could help to reduce the baby’s risk of allergies when born. Omega 3 supplements are also a very popular option for pregnant women as they are limited to the amount of fish they can eat due to the high mercury content.
Getting enough Omega 3 in your diet
As we know, our bodies need Omega 3 to function efficiently, however, they cannot produce it alone, therefore we need to acquire it through our diet. Along with taking Omega 3 fatty acid supplements, you can also get a good amount of the fatty acid from the following foods:
- Fish and seafood such as tuna, salmon and mackerel
- Nuts and seeds such as walnuts, brazil nuts, chia seeds and flax seeds
- Green veggies such as spinach and broccoli.
IdealFit Omega 3 for Women
IdealFit Omega 3 Soft Gels are long-chain fatty acids made up of EHA and DHA and so boast more health benefits than the short-chain ALAs previously mentioned.
Our supplements also contain 900mg of Omega 3 per serving, compared to just under 500mg you would get in a can of tuna. In addition, they are a great option for people who don’t enjoy eating a lot of fish.
Want to know more about which other supplements you could include in your diet? Take a look at our Guide to Supplements for Women to find out more information.
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