7 reasons to take Omega 3 essential fatty acids

7 reasons to take Omega 3 essential fatty acids

Author -  Heidi Billington - Naturopath

There is a new emerging trend in town that says eating sugar is out and healthy fats are in! This is excellent news as not only do fats help keep us full with longer lasting energy, they have a host of other benefits too.

One of these good fats, called Omega 3 EFA (Essential Fatty Acid), is naturally found in oily fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines as well as chia seeds and flaxseeds. Omega 3 EFA’s cannot be produced by the body so therefore need to be taken in our daily diet. Let’s take a look at some of the top reasons to make these fats your friend:

  • Healthy joints: They help maintain joint mobility and flexibility, supporting healthy joint function.
  • Flexible cells: Omega 3 EFAs are an important component of cell membranes as they keep the membrane supple allowing it to function at its best.
  • Healthy heart and cholesterol levels: They help maintain heart and blood vessel health. Eating Omega 3-rich foods has been shown to support cardiovascular health and help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
  • Supports vision: They are found throughout the eye tissues and are needed for healthy vision.
  • Supports brain health and development: Omega 3 fats are found in high levels in the brain and research shows they have a significant effect on brain function and development. Investigations suggest that a good Omega 3 EFA intake is needed both in the womb and throughout childhood to ensure healthy brain development and learning abilities.
  • Supports a healthy pregnancy and assists breastfeeding: They are needed before conception, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Omega 3 EPA and DHA provide the growing baby with important building blocks for building healthy brain and eyes, especially in the third trimester and in early childhood when the growth rate is greatest. DHA is found in high concentrations in the brain and is critical for normal brain development in the womb and infancy (unsurprisingly, it is the most abundant Omega 3 EFA in breast milk). DHA has been shown to be important for baby’s growth and development, learning and behaviour and sleep-state patterning.
  • Maintains healthy hair, skin and nails:  They assist in the management of dry skin. They help to prevent moisture loss from the skin and help nutrients enter skin cells. This makes them important for smooth, vibrant skin and optimal wound healing. They also help support healthy hair and nails.

Getting enough Omega 3 in your diet every day can be difficult for some people. This is where a supplementation of fish oil can be an easy and effective way to ensure you get the intake you need of these essential fats! Healtheries have fish oils available in 1000mg capsules and 1500mg to suit your needs.

Healtheries Fish Oil goes through a rigorous testing program whereby the fish oil is quality and purity tested at various stages in the product’s life cycle. Certified testing laboratories analyse and control the quality of the product using published test methods. 

Our aim at Healtheries is to provide a product that you and your family can enjoy and trust.