The importance of Omega-3’s in your diet
You don’t often turn to diets to fight conditions, but, what you put on our plate goes a long way to keeping you healthy.
There’s one incredibly important essential nutrient that can improve the health of your body and mind: Omega-3. Yes, those essential fatty acids found in a wide range of seafood.
Is smashed avo and salmon your go-to brunch treat? Enjoy giving your body one of the most nutrient-dense foods. But don’t worry if your vegan or vegetarian, there’s plenty of foods high in Omega-3.
Put flaxseeds, chia seeds or walnuts in your morning smoothie for a delicious serve of Omega-3.
Your body can’t make Omega-3.
Let’s debunk a common myth… not all fats are unhealthy. Omega-3 are the ‘good ones’ – and are proven to contribute to important bodily functions such as blood pressure, muscle function, and bone structure.
You also might be surprised to learn that we don’t make Omega-3 naturally. We have to source them through food, supplements and oils. This is why it’s important to have an Omega-3 intake plan in place.
There are three types of Omega 3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA and DHA.
DHA, a major structural component of the retina, contributes to the maintenance of vision. Given that macular degeneration is one of the world’s leading causes of blindness, Omega-3s play an essential role in eye health. DHA serves various other functions, including maintaining normal blood triglyceride levels and in the development of the fetus.
Getting back in balance.
Omega-3 has links to minimising the production of molecules and substances connected different ailments. In some people, higher omega-3 levels have been found to reduce these symptoms.
Pregnant women should pay close attention to their omega-3 levels. DHA has been proven to assist the normal visual development of infants up to 12 months of age.
The catch of the day.
Follow a two-pronged approach, of diet and supplements, to achieve healthy Omega-3 levels. Consume a healthy Mediterranean diet with no processed foods and take Omega-3s.
We know that only 2% of Australians have an adequate Omega-6:3 ratio and only 5% of Europeans have the adequate Omega06:3 ratio
The great news is, there’s a simple fix.
These are incredible health benefits you don’t want to miss out on.