By Dr. Justin Marchegiani
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients with powerful immune system modulating and anti-inflammatory properties. It is crucial to ensure your body has enough omega-3s, as a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids is among the top 10 causes of death in the United States!
On top of being important building blocks for our brain and nervous system, omega-3 fatty acids play a major role in almost all aspects of our health. Today we’re going to take a closer look at the top health benefits of getting enough of these omega-3s in your diet!
Decreases Inflammation to Prevent and Reverse Disease
Inflammation has been touted as the root cause of all modern diseases. By ensuring you are nourishing your body with the omega-3s it requires, you are able to keep your inflammation levels low and protect yourself against modern diseases.
Reduces Risk of Disease
Along with decreasing inflammation and the diseases it causes, proper omega-3 levels have been shown to significantly reduce your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disorders such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis and migraine headaches!
Reduces Depression and Anxiety
People are suffering from anxiety and depression in staggering numbers. Studies have shown a link between these conditions and neuroinflammation: inflammation of the brain. As we know, omega-3s reduce inflammation, which makes them important to remember when considering treatment options.
Not only are omega-3s powerful in fighting serious depression and anxiety, there has also been research showing evidence of their ability to help reduce PMS symptoms, from mood swings to cramps!
Studies show a correlation between higher levels of omega-3s and less instances of insomnia and other sleep interruptions. And if it’s a busy mind keeping you up, the lowering effect omega-3s have on anxiety can also contribute to helping you get a good night’s rest.
Supports Brain and Heart Health
Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for pregnant women, because they are used to make babies grow and for their brains develop! Omega-3s are important not only important for initial fetal development, they are used all throughout our lives to keep our brain and heart strong and healthy.
Boosts Immune System
Chronic inflammation has been linked to a compromised immune system, so getting enough omega-3 fatty acid in your diet to reduce inflammation is an easy first step to build up your immune system! Getting enough DHA (a type of omega-3) in early childhood has also been linked to reduced chance of developing allergies!
Lowers Risk of Cancer
Research has shown that omega-3s are powerful in warding off cancer. They are capable not only of preventing cancer from developing, but can also kill off existing cancer cells! This is thought to be because of their ability to inhibit cancer cell growth and their immune-boosting capabilities. Omega-3s make conventional cancer treatments more efficient, and can also be used as a natural cancer treatment plan!
You might have heard of EPA and DHA– these are omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil and are generally said to be the best sources of omega-3s. Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is the third type of omega-3, and can be found in certain nuts, seeds, and meats. The following foods are great sources of omega-3s, for vegans and carnivores alike!
Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most important nutrients for your body to stay healthy and strong. If you are suffering from an illness you want to overcome, are feeling fatigued, having trouble losing weight, or are looking for ways to improve your all-around health, don’t hesitate to ask for help! Click here to work with a functional medicine doctor to optimizing your health in 2018!