Ever wondered why Fish oil is so good for you?
The Lowdown on Fish Oil: Reasons to Top up your Omega 3 Intake
You probably already know that Fish Oil is great for your heart – and you may have heard that it offers a few other health benefits too. Plus, you might be aware that these effects are due to the high levels of Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) that Fish Oil contains.
But what ARE Omega-3 EFAs? How exactly do they support your health and wellbeing? And what other benefits could you receive from making them a regular part of your diet?
Here’s the lowdown on Fish Oil and how it can help you.
Your body needs a wide range of nutrients to function and carry out all the processes involved in daily living. Some of those nutrients – like vitamins and minerals – are widely recognised. Others, such as the amino acids that make up proteins, and fatty acids, are less well known.
Fatty acids are found throughout your entire body: they’re important components of each and every cell membrane. The tissues in your brain, eyes and nerves are all rich in fatty acids – and your body also uses them in your immune response, and to create important hormones.
Generally speaking, fatty acids are divided into two categories. If your body can synthesise them from other compounds on its own, they’re called “non-essential”. If not, they’re called “essential”. So, in short, Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids are a family of fatty acid nutrients that your body needs, but can’t create on its own.
We mentioned heart health in the first paragraph of this article because Omega-3 rich Fish Oil is famous for helping to support the health and function of the cardiovascular system.
But while Fish Oil’s heart health benefits are certainly important, they’re just the tip of the iceberg.
Here are some other ways that Omega-3 EFAs can support your wellbeing:
With so many potential benefits, isn’t it time you topped up YOUR Omega-3 Fish Oil intake?
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