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Posted on 01-05-2014

The Wonderful World of Omega-3s!!!

After reading the article “Omega-3s tied to lower risk of heart arrhythmia” by Kerry Grens posted on Health News I couldn’t agree more. Omega-3 fatty acids have many health benefits that most Americans are aware of, but are you getting enough in your diet. Unfortunately, that answer is no for most people you know including children, teens and adults. There is numerous research showing that it might be helpful in lower incidence of heart problems, but also a dozen of other conditions too. To understand the benefits you must first have knowledge of what are Omega-3s.

Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that our bodies need in order to function normally. Omega 3-s are mostly known for its major benefits in lowering inflammation in the body. Thus, heart disease which is an inflammatory process can be prevented or decreased by a healthy balance of Omega-3 levels in the body. Omega-3s are found in enriched foods such as walnuts, eggs, and fish and in fish oil supplements. So what age groups does Omega-3s benefit??? All ages!!!

Omega-3s are essential for moms during pregnancy to improve cognitive development, growth and decreases the chances of preterm labor. In regards to children, it may increase attentiveness due to its effect on brain development and decrease the susceptibility of diabetes, depression and asthma. Fortunately, Omega-3s ability to reduce the inflammatory conditions in the body contributes to its effectiveness when it comes to fighting chronic inflammatory conditions.

In adult age, cardiovascular disease is one of the top 3 diseases that cause death in many Americans. So how do we lower the statistics this articles tells you one way, which is making sure you have a balance level of Omega-3s in your diet. According to the article “those with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood were 30 percent less likely to develop an irregular heartbeat over the next 14 years than peers with the lowest blood levels of omega-3s.” So if I were you I would get started right away! You may have heard of EPA, DPA and DHA, which are all components of Omega-3s; however, DHA is the one linked to providing a successful outcome in heart conditions. DHA is highly concentrated in heart muscle cell membranes, thus is recommended that your source of Omega-3 supplements have this component.

Omega- 3s have many benefits one being focused on the cardiovascular system. It is recommended that you eat foods enriched with omega-3s twice a week as well as supplement. You can find supplements at your major vitamin store ask for assistance prior to purchasing. Metagenics is also a major provider of natural supplements for your family. Go to www.touchoflifechiro.com and click on shop to find the numerous products they have to offer. Take charge of your HEALTH!

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