The Benefits of Omega 3
Fat is bad, right? Not exactly. There is such a thing as a healthy fat, like the fat in fish oil. Here’s a little rundown on the benefits of Omega 3.
Many people try to avoid all fats based on the mistaken assumption that all fats are bad. It’s true that saturated fats and trans fats have little nutritional value and are not good for your heart. Unfortunately, they are all too common in the modern American diet. However, monounsaturated fats [MUFA’s] and polyunsaturated fats (PUFA’s) have numerous benefits and should be incorporated into a balanced nutrition program.
Omega 3 fatty acids fall into the PUFA category. More specifically, they are known as alpha-linolenic acids. The body is not capable of generating PUFA’s, so they must be added to the diet. PUFA’s act like hormones and assist in regulating blood pressure. In addition, they can help the body to control blood clots, blood lipids, immune response and response to inflammation.
Adding Omega 3 to Your Diet
Omega 3 fatty acids can be added to the diet in a number of ways. The most common method is the consumption of cold water fish, such as salmon, albacore tuna, and lake trout. Flax products also contain Omega 3 fats. Another common method, and the method I choose because I don’t really like cold water fish, is through supplements in pill form.
And, finally, you have Omega 3 supplements.I use Beachbody’s Core Omega-3 supplement, which contains Vitamin E and 2,000 mg of Omega 3 fatty acids derived from cold water fish in the Atlantic Ocean. This source is considered one of the most pure on the planet. One serving is equal to an average serving of Atlantic salmon. It’s just plain good quality stuff.