Fish Oils: Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids
You may have heard that fish oils are a healthy addition to the diet. Read on to learn why they’re important and what the benefits are.
Fish oils like cod liver, krill, or tuna oil contain high amounts of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These essential nutrients the body needs are sometimes called “good fats”. Your body cannot make these fatty acids, so they need to be eaten in foods or taken as a supplement.
Fish oils have a wide range of benefits in the body. They aid in reducing inflammation, which can be helpful for arthritis or after soft tissue injuries. They have been shown to decrease heart disease and lower blood pressure.
Other benefits include aiding in depression and anxiety relief and improving eye health. They are an important nutrient for brain growth and development especially in children.
Food sources of Omega 3s include fish, nuts, flaxseed, and vegetable oils. The American Heart Association recommends eating a fatty coldwater fish (salmon, tuna, herring) two times per week. Fish oils can also be taken as a supplement to receive the same benefits, but it is important to be sure you are getting a high quality oil so the body absorbs it more readily.
There are many things that Omega 3 Fatty acids are beneficial for in the body. If you’re looking to add something else into your diet or supplement regimen, this is a great place to start! Ask your Chiropractor for specific recommendations.