Monday, September 14th, 2009

Mega Power of Omega


Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are one of two types of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that people need to consume to stay healthy. Our body acquires these fatty acids through diet.

Omega-6 fatty acids are beneficial as well. They help regulate inflammation and blood pressure as well as heart, gastrointestinal, and kidney functions.

Good dietary sources of omega-6 fatty acids include cereals, eggs, poultry, most vegetable oils, whole-grain breads, baked goods, and margarine.

Coldwater fish like tuna, salmon, lake trout, mackerel, shrimp are rich sources of omega3. Plant sources include flaxseed oil and pumpkin seed oil.

It is important to maintain an appropriate balance of omega 3 and omega-6 in the diet as these two substances work together to promote health. Unfortunately, our diets are heavy on omega-6, often at the expense of omega-3.

Omega 3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be particularly important for cognitive and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega 3 fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems.
Omega-3 fatty acids are good for heart.
They reduce triglyceride levels, raise levels of HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and manage blood pressure.
They may help in relieving symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis with considerable success (especially in early stages of the disease).
These oils may also be useful in the treatment of menstrual cramps, inflammatory bowel disease.
Fish oil may help in curing depression, and attention deficit disorder.
The American Dietary Association recommends eating fish twice a week. Method of cooking is crucial to obtain health benefits. Fried fish is a no- no. Instead, steam, bake or grill fish. For those who can’t bear fish stink, experts recommend to take fish oil capsules.

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