The Long-Term Benefits of Consuming Omega 3 Fatty Acids

The Long-Term Benefits of Consuming Omega 3 Fatty Acids

We all know how important it is to eat well, consuming plenty of lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and other foods that supply plenty of nutrition. Part of the nutrients your body needs include omega 3 fatty acids, which can be found in nuts, seeds, salmon, avocado and other tasty treats.

Omega 3s have a great reputation in the dietary and scientific community because they not only give your body plenty of healthy fuel, they also have some serious long-term benefits. Here is a brief rundown of what they do, and some of the top reasons you need to make sure you get plenty of them in your regular diet.

What are omega 3s?

Omega 3s are fatty acids naturally found in foods like fish, nuts and seeds. According to Healthline, the “three most important types are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).” The first two are found in fish, while the third is often found in plant life.

If you don’t eat fish, you can supplement with fish and algae oil capsules and other dietary aids. Talk to your doctor if you have a history of heart disease, as that may change how you should consume your omega 3s.

Long-term benefits of omega 3s in your diet

Ready for an all-natural “wonder drug?” Healthline reports that there are some major long-term benefits of getting your omega 3s.

  • Anxiety and depression relief. Anxiety and depression are increasingly common as our understanding of mental health (and efforts to remove the stigma of getting help) improves. Getting enough omega 3 fatty acids in your diet has been scientifically proven to reduce your anxiety and depression symptoms.
  • Brain health in early life and pregnancy. You want the best for your baby, so you’ll be glad to know that omega 3s not only improve your brain health, but your baby’s as well. Getting enough omega 3s during your pregnancy (and ensuring that your child gets enough in their early life) improves your child’s intelligence, social skills, eye health and more. All that from a side of guacamole? Believe it.
  • Lower your risk of heart disease. Heart disease is the world’s biggest killer, but eating a balanced diet with plenty of omega 3s reduces your risk. They raise good cholesterol, prevent blood clots and reduce blood pressure and triglycerides, among other benefits in this category.
  • Fight inflammation. Inflammation causes or contributes to an alarming number of diseases, especially autoimmune disorders like arthritis. While normal inflammation is part of fighting disease and illness, chronic inflammation is damaging. However, you can reduce your inflammation by including omega 3s in your diet, or supplementing.
  • Combat age-related mental decline. For many of us, losing our mental faculties really is a fate worse than death. If you’re at risk for Alzheimer’s, dementia or other age-related mental disorders, getting plenty of omega 3s can reduce that risk. This is especially important during the early onset of the illness.
  • Improve joint and bone health. Speaking of aging, our bones tend to lose density as we get older. Omega 3s boost bone health by increasing the amount of calcium in your bones, which helps keep you strong. Some patients with arthritis even report improved grip strength, which also declines as we age.
  • Healthy, glowing skin. Having great skin, no matter your age, does a lot to reduce the onset of aging, wrinkles and other facts of life. Omega 3s are great for keeping your skin hydrated and supple while still being healthy in a lot of other ways.
  • Improve your sleep. If you’re not getting enough sleep (who is?), omega 3s can help. Not only is sleep deprivation responsible for the onset of or worsening diseases like obesity, depression and diabetes, but we need it to function. You can improve your length and quality of sleep when you get plenty of omega 3s in your diet.
  • Better eye health. You like seeing—and chances are you’re reading this on a screen right now. Omega 3s help your vision by increasing the amount of DHA (a big building block of your retinas) in your eyes.

These are just a few of the major benefits of omega 3 fatty acids. There are even more to be had, and researchers are still discovering new ways this dietary component can help your health. If you’re lacking in omega 3s, talk to your doctor about ways to safely incorporate them into your everyday diet, and get ready to reap the rewards.

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