Research shows that increasing your Omega 3 fats will help to prevent heart disease and stroke, it has also been linked to reducing feelings of depression and anxiety. And since depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the world it is good to know that Omega 3 fat consumption is as effective against depression as a common antidepressant drug! So how do you add more Omega 3 into your diet and how much do you need to be eating in order to benefit from this? These questions and more encouraged me to write this blog to help you to answer to the fundamental questions are you eating enough Omega 3 fat and what are they?
Depression includes symptoms include sadness, lethargy, and a general loss of interest in life. And the lesser of two evils anxiety is also a very common disorder, and it is characterized by constant worry and nervousness. When research unveiled that Omega 3 fats can alleviate the symptoms as much as an antidepressant I became very interested.
What is an Omega 3 fat?
Omega 3 fats are a group of unsaturated fats. You need to eat them to stay healthy – they are found in foods, such as fish and flaxseed, and in dietary supplements, such as fish oil
Eating enough Omega 3 can be as easy as eating at least two servings a week of fatty fish.
Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, or herring will be enough to increase your Omega 3, but what if you don’t like fish or are looking for an alternative this blog will outline some other sources for you.
Next question: are you currently taking on board enough Omega 3 foods?
Are you eating enough Omega 3 rich foods?
A lack of Omega 3 fatty acid in your diet can cause over-activation of your inflammatory system. Omega 3 fats are the anti-inflammatory fats and Omega 6 are inflammatory.
The Omega fats work in tangent with each other:
- Omega 6 produce inflammatory messages to the body whilst
- Omega 3 produces anti-inflammatory messaging molecules.
These fatty acids, therefore, have a carefully balanced role in your body.
Why do you need inflammation?
Once clients understand the symbiotic relationship between the Omega fats the next burning question I get asked is why do you need anything in your body that is going to increase inflammation. When most of the population are suffering from inflammatory issues like allergies asthma, autoimmune diseases, coeliac disease, hepatitis, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, and even obesity has been linked, in recent years to inflammation.
Your body is supposed to have an ‘inflammatory’ response – here is why:
When you cut yourself, bacteria will get in to wound and it will start to feel hot, red, and swell up. Your body has produced an inflammatory response.
Your body is defending itself by sending immune cells to kill the bacteria or pathogenic invader. However, because the response is acute, it should only last for a few hours max while your body is working to repair itself.
The response should only last for a few hours max while your body is working to repair itself. So this speedy repair is called an acute inflammatory response.
The problem occurs when your body starts to overreact and produces chronic inflammation. Inflammatory cells just hanging out in your bloodstream can damage your arteries. This leads to a buildup of plaque in the artery wall, which increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Other chronic inflammatory responses include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease.
- Chronic Sinusitis.
The healthiest and most non-invasive way of reducing inflammation in your body is to up your omega 3 intake.
How do you balance your fats?
Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids need to be balanced in your body
Before the industrial revolution, equal amounts of omega-3 fats and omega-6 fats were consumed in our diets. But as a direct result of the growth of the vegetable oil industry during this time PLUS at the same time increased grains fed to cattle and livestock meant people began eating way more omega-6s. As a direct result omega 6 has grown disproportionately in your food system. Even though you have changed very little, your environment has increased Omega 6 intake to the detriment of your omega 3 intakes.
We all know we should be eating more ‘superfoods’ but don’t they cost a fortune? Not really! Here is a blog I wrote on the superfoods you can find in your local supermarket don’t miss: ‘Superfoods’ in your supermarket
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Vegetable oil consumption increased even more during the end of the 20th century, making our diet much higher in inflammatory Omega 6s. Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory and Omega 6 is inflammatory. These fatty acids work together to balance our hormones.
Research points to chronic inflammation as the underlying cause of most modern diseases. When you eat too many Omega-6s, you increase inflammation while reducing the amount of crucial anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fats.
Where do you find foods high in omega 3?
2. Fish oil
3. Chia seeds
4. Walnuts and walnut oil
5. Caviar !!!!
6. Tinned fish
8. Seafood like oysters
11. Brussel sprouts
There a few shopping essentials there, you can add to your weekly shop, caviar jumps out to me. Or the easy to find homegrown superfood – broccoli
You are probably not accustomed to thinking about non-fatty vegetables as sources of omega-3 fats, but it is true. Of course, there are limited amounts of omega-3s in vegetables like broccoli, however, their levels of omega-3s can still play an important role in balancing your inflammatory system.
About 2 cups of broccoli give you 400 milligrams of omega-3s (in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA). That amount of ALA falls into the same general ballpark as the amount provided by one soft gel capsule of flax oil, without the awful after taste!
The benefits of Omega 3.
The benefits of Omega 3 include the risk of heart attacks, mental health, depression and stress.
A study found patients who took fish oil after having a heart attack dramatically reduced their risk of subsequent heart attacks. Research has also shown that omega-3 fats help prevent Alzheimer’s, reduce the impact of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and help depression. In fact, research shows fish oil supplements can be as effective as antidepressants for depression. Other studies demonstrate a positive effect on inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, and migraine headaches.
Increasing Omega 3 will improve:
Increase your omega 3 intakes can alleviate stress and stress-related damage. One study found using fish oil for just three weeks reduced several stress markers including cortisol and adrenaline.
2. Improved health and weight loss
Research shows a diet with healthy fats can help lower total body fat. Fish oil can positively affect stress hormones like cortisol to lower chronic inflammation that sometimes stalls fat loss.
3. Improved mood
Studies show DHA and EPA can help improve your mood, reduce depression, and boost your overall cognitive performance. DHA benefits brain development and performance, while EPA improves mood and behaviour.
4. Increased brain function
Inflammation affects every disease, including dementia. Research shows omega-3 fats can decrease symptoms of Alzheimer’s and prevent dementia.
5. Prevention of disease and illness
Fish oil can greatly reduce the risk for many types of cancers, including colon, prostate, and breast cancer. Studies show fish oil can make conventional cancer drugs more effective and provides effective therapy on its own.
Combining quality fish oil with a low-glycemic, higher-quality fat diet creates a path to becoming leaner, fitter and shapelier you.
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