Omega 3 Fatty Acids and their Significant, Positive, Impact on Health and Wellness!
Everyone has heard about omega 3 fatty acids by now and their significant, positive, impact on health and wellness. We should all know to get plenty of fish, like salmon and tuna, into our diets or to seek out eggs and even peanut butter with ALA, DHA, and EPA (the three acids) added! But do you know why it’s important to incorporate these foods into our lives?
We have known since the 1930s that essential fatty acids played an important role in maintaining good health but the true benefits of omega 3’s were discovered in the 1970s by researchers studying the Greenland Inuit tribe. These people predominantly consumed large amounts of fat from fish as an everyday part of their diet but had little to no cardiovascular disease. This seemed counter-intuitive as fat, in the past, has frequently been linked to an increased risk for certain diseases. However, in actuality, the high level of omega-3 fatty acids consumed by the Inuit reduced triglycerides, heart rate, blood pressure, and atherosclerosis.
This knowledge sparked researchers to carry out experiments trying to prove the benefits of omega 3’s and they found that these fats actually reduce inflammation, helping to prevent inflammatory conditions like heart disease, arthritis, osteoarthritis, and diabetes. They can also improve overall organ health, most notably in the brain where they are essential, impacting behavior and cognitive function. How? Our bodies function best at a ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 at about 2:1 or 3:1 and some articles might even suggest that people who suffer from depression have a ratio of about 10:1, people who are bipolar disorder a ratio of about 20:1, and schizophrenics with ratios up to 50:1. It’s clear that fat is important for good brain health.
It’s a fact that our diet is nowhere near what the recommended nutritional values of essential fatty acids should be! Yes, schools are starting to have more options for better nutrition at their cafeterias, but if you walk into any lunchroom today, you’ll find kids eating processed meats, fried foods, candies, sweets, and more body harming foods. Is anyone surprised why we have so many people who are depressed, or on anti-depressants?
Start with better nutrition. Research even shows that omega 3’s are necessary during fetal development, but it doesn’t stop there! The children who eat more fresh wild-caught fish full of these amazing fatty acids are significantly happier than those who don’t -- that’s fresh, wild-caught, not farm-raised. Studies show about 25% of students have a mental health disorder with depression at the top of the long list. It can’t be genetics if they haven’t changed in thousands of years, so what is it? Many studies show that about 97% of most health issues is lifestyle and it starts with the foods that you eat.
It’s time to take charge of your health and do the research for yourself. Don’t wait for you to have a diagnosis before you realize your missing required nutrients in your body. Remember, health is all about prevention! You eat to live -- not the other way around and an ounce of prevention can be worth more than a pound of cure.
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