Omega 3 (essential fatty acids) can not be made by your body, therefore can only come from what you eat, i.e. your d.i.e.t.
Here are 5 reasons why you should be including them and why it will benefit you:
For brain health – omega 3s have been found to be beneficial for age-related mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease, depression (particularly EPA), brain development in pregnancy and early life. They have also been found to be helpful in ADHD and may reduce the frequency of mood swings and relapses in people with schizophrenia and bipolar disease.
For eye health – another type of omega 3, DHA, has been linked to macular degeneration.
For cardiovascular health – omega 3s can raise “good” cholesterol HDL and lowers the formation of blood clots, inflammation, blood pressure and keep arteries clear.
For healthy metabolism – omega 3s help lower belly fat and regulate insulin.
For anti-inflammatory effects – omega 3s have been found to lower inflammatory mediators linked to chronic disease including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Foods high in omega 3 include:
Oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, sardines and even caviar if you're feeling fancy...
Seeds, particularly chia and flaxseeds
You can also look at taking a good quality supplement to top up your Omega 3 intake.
information sourced and adapted from Dr Marilyn Glenville