Lower Your Risk of Dying in Heart Disease with 36%
Recent American studies have shown that people who eat fish 1-2 times per week have 36% lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease.
It is mainly cold water oily fish (salmon, mackerel, haring) that has this effect.
What is so special about cold water oily fish?
The omega-3 fatty acids are essential which means that we can not live without them. And we have to add them through our food.
The amount of omega-3 fats in our diets have dropped to almost nothing while the omega-6 fats are constantly increasing. This can have dramatic effects on our health. Omega-3 is rightly called brain food but the positive health effects of omega-3 is much more wide spread that that. Since the omega-3 fatty acids effect the cells throughout the whole body deficiency of omega-3 can cause a vast number of health problems.
The brain revolution
About 150000 years ago our ancestors the homo sapiens made a gigantic leap in development. Their babies became fatter with the right type of fat; this provided fuel for the brain and was the key to a large human brain. The fattest infants became mentally the fittest adults. The fats in this brain food came from fish in Rift Valley, East Africa. Fish that was full of omega-3.
The general symptoms of omega-3 deficiency are:
- Dry skin
- Dry hair
- Brittle nails
- Dry elbows
- Hair loss
Omega-3 is a natural vasodilator and it inhibits inflammation in the body. It works together with the inflammatory omega-6 and the balance between them is crucial. As a vasodilator it makes the blood vessels bigger, smoother and more flexible allowing the blood to flow more smoothly this in turn lowers blood pressure.
Taking omega-3 daily can help:
- Improve your immune system
- Remove eczema
- Moisture dry skin
- Minimize risk of ear, throat and lung infections
- Prevent migraine
- Prevent cardiovascular disease
- Lower bad cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
- Cure menstrual pains
- Minimize risk of premature birth
- Help you loose weight by increasing your metabolism and give you a full feeling.
- Optimize bone density and minimize the risk of osteoporosis
- Treating inflammatory autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Lower risk of degenerative diseases of the central nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis
- Protect eyesight in elderly by reducing the risk of macular degeneration
- Help children develop healthy brain texture
Sources of omega-3
There are a number of different omega-3 acids.
Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) can be found in a number of vegetable oils, dark green vegetable and flax seeds.
Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are more potent than ALA. These can be found in cold water oily fish and algae.
Omega-3 as supplement
I try to eat cold water oily fish once a week but I don’t always succeed. And even if I manage, I know that once a week is not enough to balance the omega-3 and omega-6 in my diet. So Omega-3 is one of the few supplements I use.
If you are going to supplement omega-3 it is a natural choice to use the most potent omega-3 fatty acids in other words the omega-3 found in cold water oily fish. There are so many different fish oils out there so make sure you use one of high quality. Otherwise you might miss out on the health benefits.
Since omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fat it has a big tendency to become rancid. This can happen in the bottle or even inside your body. High quality stable fish oil will stay fresh much longer. It has a smooth taste and it needs no aromas or sweeteners. If you use capsules bite through one to taste the oil.
Bad taste = Bad oil.
As with all food we should try to eat it as much as possible as nature intended it.
Unfortunately our seas are becoming more and more contaminated with environmental toxins and heavy metals and it is of course crucial that the fish oil you use has been purified.
The most expensive supplement you can buy is one that does not work.
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