Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Healthy Diet: Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids or fish oil of EFA, are now a days becoming important in the diet chart for healing right from inflammation to heart diseases. From hair, skin to the heart, whole body needs omega 3 fatty acids.  Here is how omega 3 fatty acids impact our organs right from fetus to old age.

Our brain and eyes are made up of omega 3 derivative i.e. DHA. The brain and eyes of humans are very rich in DHA as well as other omega-3 fatty acids. DHA is a major physical component of the brain, and is in fact the most rich omega-3 fatty acid in the brain. Hence pregnant woman from 2nd trimester may include omega 3 EFAs in their diet plan to ensure brain growth and healthy eyes of their child.

A recent study has found that regular intake of different omega fatty acids for six months could improve eyes irritation symptoms and cease the advance of inflammation that illustrates moderate to severe dry eye.
A new study shown that a DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) derivative, a main ingredient of fish oil supplements, can pacify and inhibit neuropathic pain caused by damages to the sensory system.

Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood of patients who were just starting haemodialysis were very strongly associated with a lower risk of sudden cardiac death . Omega 3 also aids in thinning of blood which is helpful in regulating blood pressure and hypertension.

People living in polar region has lowest mortality in heart disease despite high intake of fats because, their traditional diet is very rich in omega 3 fatty acids than their other counterparts in US, Europe and Asia. When taken with cholesterol lowering food, omega 3 may help in regulating blood pressure and keeping heart health in check. Omega 3 may help in reducing oxidation of LDL cholesterol which is one of the main causes of high blood pressure.

Omega 3s anti-inflammatory properties reduces irritation and swelling, acts as a natural moisturizer that regulates dry skin, helps coping with stress, helps in healing skin damages caused due to excessive sun exposure by working at cellular level. If you are designing diet for glowing skin then omega 3 rich healthy diet or food supplements is the right consideration for you.

Omega 3 also helps regulates the blood lipids, thus regulating the blood sugar. The pancreas thus regulates the insulin without excessive working. Diabetic diet of a person may include omega 3 along with chromium, fiber and other multivitamins.

The anti-inflammatory characteristics of omega 3 EFAs may reduce the risk of cancer and autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Omega 3 EFAs are modern world’s “Sanjeevani” which is required for our skin to our cell membrane and heart. Hence, it is important that the source from which omega 3 is derived should be free from contaminants and food supplements shall be free from any artificial colour, flavor and preservatives. You may consider following foods in making your diet chart. Omega 3 RDA – 200-500 mg, ODA – 1000-2000 mg

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