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Omega 3 and 6 – an important balance

Why Omega?

Yesterday in my post What is happening to our food? I promised to tell you a little bit about Omega.

Omega 3 and Omega 6, what’s the difference?

Most fats needed can be formed from carbohydrates and protein. The exception is the two parent fatty acids of the omega-3 and omega-6 families. They are vital, so-called essential, fatty acids. These fatty acids the body can not produce itself, but we need to get these through food.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 has multiple functions in the body. They are pro- and anti-inflammatory and are needed particularly for the brain and eyes to develop and function properly and for the body to build and repair cells. They also affect the regulation of blood pressure, the kidneys are working and our immune system. Omega 3 reduces blood clotting and thus reduce the risk of blood clots. For fetuses and young children omega 3 and 6 are essential for them to grow and develop normally.

It is important to have a good balance of Omega 6 is and Omega 3 in our body. However the western diet today is far too rich in omega 6 sources and not enough omega 3. This can throw the balance and actually cause more harm than do good since omega 6s tend to be pro-inflammatory while omega 3s are anti-inflammatory.

A good start in order to get the balance right is to reduce your intake of Omega 6 oils and add a good Omega 3 supplement to your diet!

How to get more Omega 3 into your diet

As mentioned above I do encourage everyone to find a good Omega 3 supplement, but also to eat more foods rich in Omega 3. The best things to eat is fatty fish such as wild caught salmon, mackerel, sardines, lake trout, herring and albacore tuna. Also Oysters, shrimps and other shell fish contains Omega 3. Omega 3 can also be found in algae and plankton.

Note: Only wild salmon contains Omega 3. Unfortunately, salmon which is bread in captivity are like giant swimming vegetables. This because of the food they are fed.

Which is the best Omega to buy?

Omega made from krill is the purest and most potent omega 3. Krill contains high levels of astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant and can reach into all parts of our cells and also cross the blood-brain barrier and the blood-retinal barrier and can beause of this distribute more of the body’s serotonin to the brain. Astaxanthin also helps the body in other ways – it enhances the immune system and protects the skin from sunburn, prevents the growth of cancer tumors and may be an effective way to treat muscle wasting.

Over all health benefits from Omega

Omega 3 is good for preventing and treating cardiovascular diseases because it contains so EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These fatty acids help to minimize the risk of various cardiovascular diseases and lowering triglycerides (blood fats). It also reduces the risk of heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms and stroke. Omega 3 fatty acids in krill oil can also slow down blood clots and coverings of the heart and so help to prevent atherosclerosis.

Omega might be most known for its great cardio-protective benefits, but has many other positive effects on the body. F ex, a couple of days ago Stella Scott wrote about the benefits of Omega for people with eczema. It also have proven effects on people losing hair, especially after pregnancies. Also nails and hair will benefit from a higher intake of Omega 3.

Anyone who wants to lose weight can also benefit from Omega 3 and especially oil from Krill. Krill oil contains large amounts of the omega 3 fatty acids that helps to store glucose in the muscles by taking the form of glycogen, while preventing fatty acids to be stored and converted into fat in the body. This allows the body to use Omega 3 fatty acids to produce energy instead of being converted to fat. It also reduces hunger so you eat less and helps to increase energy levels. Omega 3 also help reduce stress, which in it self can help you lose weight.

I have been taking Marine Omega from Pharmanex for almost two years and have noticed a signicant difference in my mood and my hair. I also feel that the effects of the other nutritional supplements I take have increased as Omega helps the body absorb antioxidants.

For more information about research made on Omega 3 klick here.

Omega 3 and 6 - an important balance

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5 comments on “Omega 3 and 6 – an important balance

  1. Magdalena Persson
    January 13, 2013

    Thank you,Matidla, for your clear and precise explanation on Omega 3! I also take Marine Omega regularly and can highly recommend it to everyone!

    • Vitality2day
      January 13, 2013

      Thank you Magdalena for your positive comment! 🙂

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