Omega-3s are building blocks of a healthy body. They are considered “essential” nutrients in which the body cannot make so they must be obtained from the diet. Modern day diets, especially in North America, are unfortunately very low in dietary omega-3s, therefore rendering the majority of the population omega-3 deficient. So, for optimal health and well-being, supplementation is recommended. A deficiency or imbalance of omega-3 drives inflammation and promotes several disease states. Omega-3 fats are required for optimal functioning of cellular processes, maintaining the integrity and function of the cellular membranes, and producing a balance of hormones that control virtually all body processes.
Omega-3 fatty acids are integral to our health and well-being – and are an important component of every cell in our body. Research has proven that an adequate amount of omega-3 is essential for overall health of brain, skin, and joints. As you establish your health routine this season, consider adding omega-3s from fish oil to supplement your regime.
Omega-3 fatty acids help to balance stress hormones while regulating cortisol. New research reveals that people who better resist the effects of physical and emotional stress also show high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood. Chronic stress leads to inflammation.
Omega-3s are crucial components of all cell membranes, including those in the central nervous system. Omegas, therefore, play an important role in the development, function and regulation of the brain, neurological processes, cognition and mood.
Consuming plenty of omega-3 fatty acids may offer powerful protection against depression. A large Norwegian study of nearly 22,000 participants revealed that those who regularly consumed omega-3 fatty acids, were about 30% less likely to have symptoms of depression than those who did not. The longer the participants took omega-3, the less likely they were to have high levels of depression.
Other data suggests that boosting omega-3 fatty acid intake increases attention and reduces an aggressive stress response, probably by enhancing cognitive processes. An increased intake of omega-3 has also been associated with a larger volume of grey matter, a brain area controlling emotion and mood and implicated in depression.
In studies, omega-3 supplements have been shown to offer a variety of stress-reducing benefits including easing feelings of distress, depression and anxiety, improving memory happiness, focus and relaxation, and calming inflammation throughout the body, including the brain. Most busy and active individuals will benefit from at least 1,500 mg of omega-3 to help reduce inflammation, balance hormone, and neurotransmitter production (increasing serotonin, our “happy” hormone, and boost the brain).
Though the bulk of a child’s neurological connections and pathways are laid down by age 3, the brain remains a work in progress until late adolescence. Throughout those critical years of development, omega-3 fatty acids are important ingredients that feed brain function and improve learning, memory, focus and concentration. In addition to boosting heart, joint, and skin health.
Fish oil is a rich source of two omega-3 fatty acids known as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). It is found in the body of cold water, oily fish. Sea-licious, an award-winning, high quality, omega-3 is made from sardine, mackarel and anchovy. It also contains the power of astaxanthin – regarded as the most potent antioxidant in nature which helps protect the integrity of the omega-3, as well as the body from oxidation. One delicious spoonful per day will help you meet your omega-3s.