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8 Useful Facts You Should Know About Omega-3 Fatty Acids

 

Let me start out by saying that Omega-3 fatty acids are ideal for seniors under Alzheimer’s care. According to WebMD, it can help slow the decline of memory loss in Alzheimer’s, and possibly prevent memory loss.

Most of the time, it is good to avoid fat in foods. However, omega-3 fatty acids are the exception. Instead of causing harm, they bring good health benefits. Here are eight useful facts that you should know about omega-3 fatty acids.

 

You Have to Eat Them

 

Your body cannot produce these fats on its own so you have to eat them. Certain foods, such as avocados, nuts, plants and fish, are rich in them. Make it a point to add these foods to your regular diet rotation.

 

There are Three Different Kinds

 

There are more than one type of omega-3 fatty acid. Fish contain DHA and EPA, whereas ALA can be found in certain plants. The two fatty acids in fish are thought to have the most health benefits, although your body can convert small portions of ALA into DHA and EPA when necessary.

 

They Fight Disease

 

Omega-3s act as an anti-inflammatory in the blood vessels and the rest of the body as well. They also help control the amount of bad fats that remain in the bloodstream, also known as triglycerides, and help prevent plaque buildup within the blood vessels. All of this helps prevent heart disease.

 

They Maintain Heart Rhythm

 

In addition to lowering the risk of heart disease, omega-3s help maintain the heart’s proper rhythm. They can lower the heart rate and help stabilize it.

 

Lower Blood Pressure

 

Omega-3s can help lower high blood pressure by discouraging inflammation of your arteries and blood vessels. When making blood pressure related diet changes, consider adding more sources of omega-3 to your diet.

 

They Reduce Joint Stiffness

 

Research suggests that omega-3s help alleviate some of the pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis. It is also thought that omega-3s might help the anti-inflammatory drugs work better.

 

They May Help Control ADHD

 

Research suggests that those suffering from ADHD who take Omega-3 supplements experience fewer symptoms. Omega-3s are instrumental in healthy brain development and they help keep it functioning at its best. So it should be no surprise that omega-3s might help treat ADHD.

 

They Might Lower Risk of Dementia

 

Omega-3s are not a fully proven weapon against dementia, but they might help lower the risk of developing it. In one study, there is a positive correlation among participants between consuming omega-3 fatty acids and fewer occurrences of Alzheimer’s disease. Though more research is needed, it is a promising lead, especially since it is already known among doctors that omega-3s help support healthy brain development.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Conclusion

 

There are certainly many things to know about omega-3 fatty acids, but these are among the most important. Omega-3s have excellent health benefits, but they must be consumed. Help your mind and body by making sure these fatty acids are a part of your diet.

 

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