Omega-3s are a foundation for health, but the body cannot produce these “essential” nutrients, so the only way to get this fatty acid is in your diet. The North American diet is low in omega-3s, therefore rendering the majority of the population omega-3 deficient. So, for optimal health and well-being, supplementation is recommended. A deficiency or imbalance of omega-3 drives inflammation and increases the chance for health issues. Omega-3 fats are required for optimal cellular processes, maintaining the membranes’ integrity and function, and producing a balance of hormones that control virtually all body processes.
Omega-3s for full-body health
Omega-3 fatty acids are integral to our health and well-being, and are an essential component of every cell in our body. Research has proven that an adequate amount of omega-3 is necessary for the overall health of the brain, skin, and joints. As you establish your health routine this season, consider adding omega-3s from fish oil into your supplement regimen.
Omegas for healthy mood and brain function
Omega-3 fatty acids help balance stress hormones while regulating cortisol. New research reveals that people who are capable of resisting physical and emotional stress have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3s are crucial components of all cell membranes, including those in the central nervous system. Therefore, omegas play a vital role in the development, function, and regulation of the brain, neurological processes, cognition, and mood.
Consuming plenty of omega-3 fatty acids may offer robust protection against depression. A large Norwegian study of nearly 22,000 participants revealed that those who regularly consumed omega-3 fatty acids were about 30% less likely to have symptoms of depression than those who did not. The longer the participants took omega-3, the less likely they were to have high levels of depression.
Other data suggests that boosting omega-3 fatty acid intake increases attention and reduces an aggressive stress response, probably by enhancing cognitive processes. An increased intake of omega-3 is associated with a larger volume of grey matter, a brain area controlling emotion and mood, and implicated in depression. In studies, omega-3 supplements offer various stress-reducing benefits, including easing feelings of distress, depression, and anxiety; improving memory, happiness, focus and relaxation; and calming inflammation throughout the body, including in the brain. Most busy and active individuals will benefit from at least 1500 mg of omega-3 to help reduce inflammation, balance hormones, and neurotransmitter production (increasing serotonin our “happy” hormone and boosting the brain).
People who better resist physical and emotional stress levels show high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 for kids
Though the bulk of a child’s neurological connections and pathways are laid down by age 3, the brain remains a work in progress until late adolescence. Throughout those critical years of development, omega-3 fatty acids are vital to feed brain function; improve learning, memory, focus, and concentration; and boost heart, joint, and skin health.
Have you had your omega-3s today?
Fish oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids known as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). EPA and DHA are found in cold water, oily fish. Sea-licious® is an award-winning, high-quality omega-3 made from anchovy, sardines, and/or mackerel. It also contains the power of astaxanthin – regarded as the most potent antioxidant in nature, which helps protect the integrity of the omega-3s as well as the body from oxidation. One delicious spoonful per day will help meet your omega-3 needs. Have you had your omega-3s today?