Why we need Omega-3s
Why we need Omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in many processes in the body. They have powerful benefits on the brain and body, from helping to fight against symptoms of depression to improving eye health.
Read on to learn more about the importance of omega-3
Fighting symptoms of depression & anxiety
Depression & anxiety are two of the most common mental disorders in the world; however studies indicate that people that consume omega-3s regularly are less like to suffer. It has also been shown that those who do suffer from depression and/or anxiety, who started taking omega 3 supplements, saw their symptoms improve.
Out of the three types of omega-3, EPA is thought to be the best at fighting depression.
Support heart health
Decades of research have linked omega-3 consumption to heart health. Omega-3s have a range of benefits on the heart, including reducing blood pressure in those with high blood pressure, raising ‘good’ cholesterol levels, preventing blood clots and reducing inflammation.
Help fight against age-related mental decline
Although brain function decline is one of the unavoidable consequences of ageing, several studies suggest that a higher intake of omega-3s can reduce the decline. Some studies have also shown omega-3s can decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and that omega-3 supplements may be beneficial at the early onset of the disease, when symptoms are very mild.
Support eye health
One of the three types of Omegas, DHA, is vital for eye health. It is a major structural component of the retina of the eye, and vision problems can arise if you don’t consume enough of it. Studies suggest that getting enough omega-3 is linked to a reduced risk of macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of eye damage and blindness.
Most people know that fish is one of the best sources of omega-3s, particularly fatty fish, such as mackerel and salmon, with mackerel serving 200% of the recommended daily intake per 100g.
Nuts & seeds
There is often a concern about how those who don’t eat fish can consume omega-3s, however nuts and seeds such as chia seeds, flax seeds and walnuts are great sources of the fatty acids. In fact, 28g of chia seeds provides a huge 5060mg of omega-3s.
Maybe one of the most convenient ways to ensure you are getting the right amount of omega-3s is to take a supplement. Our Krill Oil softgels are an ultra-high source of omega-3s, or our Vegan Omega-3 derived from algae is the ideal alternative for vegans.