What is Omega-3 and why is it important?
First, it is a fat. The good type of fat. The “omega” is simply a way organic chemists name the long string of carbon atoms. At one end is a carboxylic acid molecule (called alpha) and a methyl at the other end (called omega).
Omega-3 fatty acids are often compared with Omega-6 fatty acids.
Because of our dependency on fast foods, most people consume too much Omega-6. This can increase inflammation, produce depression and lead to many types of health issues.
Our bodies do not produce omega-3 fatty acids. The only way to get them is through our diet. Eat fish (salmon, halibut, tuna), walnuts, flax seeds, beans, olive oil and fish oil supplements.
The physical and mental health benefits linked with omega-3 fatty acids include:
There are other studies too. Some show the benefits of omega-3 on cancer, bone loss, diabetes and other disorders.
Many of the benefits of omega-3 are well documented. But as with any health benefit there is no “magic pill” or supplement that can do it all. It requires a combination of things. Healthy eating, exercise, proper rest and the right kinds and amounts of vitamins and minerals. Plus, a nervous system free of interference so every organ and tissue can function properly.
So eat more fish, olives, flax seed and nuts, stay active and make sure we see you for regular chiropractic checkups!