Omega's. Lean and Healthy.
Jun 14, 2012 09:05AM
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Written by Kate Thomas and Micah HolleyFatty and acids: two words all women hate to see, As bad as those word might seem, they are actually quite beneficial—our bodies need them to maintain good health. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are required in humans not only to stay healthy but also to aid our bodies. The popular fatty acids are Omega-3, -6 and -9. Each fatty acid has their own individual benefit in our bodies so, as with many things in a nutritional diet, an equal balance of all three is best.
Omega-3 fatty acids are arguably the most important of the three because they have powerful anti-inflammatory effects in our body, which prevent many degenerative diseases. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Omega-3 fatty accids are the most absent in our modern day diet, so we need to consciously strive to either eat food with Omega-3 or take daily supplements. While they reduce the risk of heart disease, they also help to prevent diabetes, arthritis, depression, and menstrual pain. So eat up ladies! Here are some food items that contain Omega-3:
- Leafy, green vegetables.
- Walnuts and flaxseed.
- Salmon, anchovies and mackerel.
Unlike Omega-3, Omega-6 causes inflammation. It is important to balance the intake of these two EFAs. Excessive intake of Omega-6 may cause heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. However, it helps reduce the chances of getting breast cancer! Here are some common places where it can be found:
- Soybean, sunflower, canola and corn oil.
- Grains and cereals
- Meat: pork, chicken, beef, and organ meat
Omega-9 is the least concern of the three EFAs for two reasons: unlike Omega-3 and Omega-6, we can produce Omega-9 from unsaturated fat in our bodies and it is common in our diet. Omega-9s can act as a substitute for Omega-3 and 6 but if this becomes a prolonged replacement the body can suffer. Omega-9 is found in olive oil and in other vegetable oils/animal fats. Olive oil has incredible disease-preventing powers and should be a part of your diet.
What supplement should I buy?
Try to naturally include more Omega-3 in your diet through eating the recommended food above. If you do not like food high in Omega -3, it is advisable for you to buy a supplement to take daily to avoid inflammatory complications. You should buy your Omega -3 fish oil from a reputable company who has molecularly distilled the fish oil. This means it will be free from impurities and dangerous pollutants. It will also be tasteless (important) and odorless (even more important) and you can even opt for the burp-less capsule. We recommend Xtendlife. Their fish oil contains no mercury, dioxins or PCBs because it goes through a vigorous molecular distillation process. Another good Omega-3 product is Nature Made and you can buy that in most grocery stores. Nature Made is a little cheaper than Xtendlife but a good one for those watching the wallet.
By controlling your Omega -3, -6 and -9 intake you will be helping prevent long term health problems and you will see significant changes in the health of you skin and body overall. Take the time to change small things in your diet that will considerably affect you later in life. You are responsible for your own body and you won’t regret it when you are still going strong at 90. Make the change today.