A Few Oily Facts
Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for a wide array of health issues; if you are not a great lover of fish then you may want to consider taking an omega-3 supplement. Here’s why:
- You probably don’t get enough: Australian dietary records indicate that Australians consume well short of the 2-3 serves of oily fish every week that we need in order to obtain the recommended daily intake of omega-3 fats.
- Your heart will love you for it: Omega-3s support your cardiovascular system in many ways from reducing elevated triglycerides and high blood pressure to reducing the development of plaque in your arteries.
- Joint health: If you suffer from arthritis, you’ll appreciate the reduced joint tenderness and reduced morning stiffness due to omega-3s anti-inflammatory effects.
- Healthy skin: Omega-3 may help keep your complexion glowing and radiant by helping to maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance.
- Healthy brain: Research suggests that from your mid-60s onwards, eating just one serve of oily fish per week reduces the risk of developing dementia by 60% (compared to eating fish less often or not at all).
- Balanced moods: some researchers believe omega-3 fats can boost your mood.
- Healthy eyes: Research conducted here in Australia and overseas suggests that omega-3 fats offer a degree of protection against age-related macular degeneration.
Of course, fish are not the only source of omega-3 fats, there has been a lot said about the benefits of using Krill Oil…. It’s the extras that set it apart from fish oil, namely antioxidants including vitamins A, E and astaxanthin. The super strong antioxidant – astaxanthin is reported to help reduce sunburn, treat PMS and period pain, boost immune function and can even make you look younger. Krill oil is highly bio-available in the body (more so than standard fish oil), but should not be taken by those allergic to shell fish.
Flaxseed oil or Chia Seed oil are other sources of omega-3s, as these oils are derived from a plant source, they are a more attractive supplement than fish oil for vegetarians and people who prefer plant extracts. These oils have little taste, in contrast to the strong taste of some fish oil supplements. Lastly, they are free of the mercury found in some fish and fish oil supplements.
Flaxseed and Chia oil may also strengthen finger and toenails, can improve the absorption of calcium, increase your metabolic rate and can even help reduce the recovery time of muscles after exercise.
It’s important to remember that when it comes to supplements, you should always consult a health professional first to determine your individual needs.