Here are Seven Essential Facts about this ESSENTIAL substance.
1. Omega-3 is called "essential" because it's necessary for our health, but we cannot make it on our own.
2. One essential Omega-3 fatty acid is a substance called α-linolenic acid (ALA). Our body uses ALA to make two other essential fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). However, we don't make enough to meet daily needs for optimal health.
3. Omega-3 is critical for preventing symptoms of chronic illness, such as inflammation, fatigue, joint and muscle pain and poor elimination of toxins.
4. The brain thrives on Omega-3. Without enough, we can experience learning problems, memory issues, brain fog and other neurological symptoms. Proper levels help protect us from Alzheimer's Disease.
5. Food is a great source of Omega-3. Consider salmon, tuna, halibut, krill, flaxseed, walnuts and chia seeds.
6. It's difficult to get sufficient amounts from food alone. Most Americans consume a daily average of 130 mg EPA + DHA - way below the recommended 1000-2000 mg.
7. Acquiring Omega-3 must be done in a focused fashion, with attention paid to the balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 (a group of fatty acids linked to increased inflammation). An imbalance can adversely impact well being and brain health.
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