Do I Really Need Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

7 Sep

Omega 3 fatty acids are a type of unsaturated fatty acid that your needs to maintain good health.

Two omega 3 fatty acids are especially important; EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).  It is imperative that adequate levels of these are provided.

For centuries, this was not a problem as people received adequate amounts in their diet.  However, due to commercial farming practices and a lack of natural grazing, produce and livestock now provide little, if any, omega 3 fatty acids.

Furthermore, our modern diet is dominated by grains and seed oils, providing us with too much omega 6.  While omega 6 is important, is competes with omega 3 for space in our cells.  Ideally, there should be a balance of the two, but modern diet has created a 30:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3.

This imbalance has contributed to many of the diseases associated with the Western diet.

The human body can’t produce omega 3 fatty acids and our diet generally doesn’t, so it’s essential that everyone takes fish oil supplements.

(Think you’re getting adequate omega 3’s from oily fish?  Farm-raised fish are grain fed, meaning they actually contain more omega 6.  And if you’re relying on flaxseed, don’t.  Flaxseed provides the ALA form of omega 3, which the body must convert to EPA/DHA.  Now our bodies are amazing, but they’re not so good at this particular job, meaning it’s virtually impossible to receive adequate omega 3 from flaxseed.)

It is vital that everyone includes a fish oil supplement in their personal health programme.

To order, or learn more, contact me at katiektk@hotmail.co.uk

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