Omega 3s – The Essential Fats

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Fat is bad. How many items in your fridge are there with most being fat free?
You’ve been told untruths for a long time…well, maybe more in the way of information that was left out.  Now you are seeing the results of a no-fat or low-fat diet.
There are bad fats like saturated and trans fats. But it turns out that fats can actually be good for you. In fact some fats are considered essential. One in particular is Omega 3 that stand heads above the rest.
Omega 3s are a group of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. While there are a dozen different varieties, two long chain forms are particularly important for human health. DHA and EPA. These are considered essential because they cannot be manufactured by the body and must be replenished daily through the diet.
The latest  research shows that deficiencies in these two fats can lead to health problems at every stage of life…childhood, adulthood, and the elderly.Unfortunately, Omega 3s have all but disappeared from our diets. Numerous scientific studies have provided beneficial guidelines….healthy adults should get at least 1000mg daily, pregnant or nursing moms should have 1400 mg, and the elderly should take 2000-4000 mg daily. Sounds like a lot, but when you really understand the boost Omega 3s give to the brain, it makes sense.
Another recent understanding is how Omega 3s can help children with brain and neurological issues like ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Omega 3s are the brain builders. The provide nutrients and sooth nerve cells, as well as build brain development. Children with Autism who are on a therapeutic dose of Omega 3s are finding significant benefits in attention, focus, concentration and behavior.
While both DHA and EPA are essential for health, the two forms work differently in the body. DHA is a structural component of both the brain and the eyes, so it plays a larger role in aiding visual and brain health.
EPA has a long history of aiding cardiovascular health and of supporting normal inflammation response, making it idea for those concerned with heart health or joint health.
In a well constructed supplement, the DHA proportion to EPA should be 3:1.  Regular store brand Omega 3 and Fish Oil supplements need to be carefully evaluated as to their safety and potency.  Not all brands are created equal and the processing of the supplement can ruin its efficacy.
We were told to utilize distilled Omega 3.  This is fish oil that has been processed to remove contaminants like heavy metals.

In the words of Nordic Naturals, “Molecular distillation removes impurities (heavy metals, dioxins, etc), saturated fats, and other undesirable organic compounds, leaving behind only the key beneficial components of the fish oil. It is a gentle distillation process with exceptionally low heat residence time, and is performed in a vacuum to further reduce the heat requirement.”
There are several reliable brands that are most easily accessible through your local health food store and/or the internet.

Supermarkets/department stores do not carry the higher-potency or distilled brands that are necessary for adequate absorption rates.  Please be sure to know what to look for and purchase the best Omega 3 supplement that fits your budget.

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