Go Omega-3 for Your Health

Not all fat is created equal. While you are cutting back on all the fat you can, there is at least one good fat that you should bulk up on a bit. There are three main Omega-3 fatty acids: alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). A great source of EPA and DHA is fish, though there are supplements available where you can get it now. ALA can be found in nuts, seeds and other plant based sources. These Omega-3 fatty acids have tremendous health benefits for several parts of your body. Everything from your skin to your hair can use a little more Omega-3. 

There is one thing that should be noted about ALA fatty acids. The health benefits associated with Omega-3 comes from EPA and DHA more than ALA. It is still a good idea to add some more plant based ALA foods to your diet, like flaxseed oil. Just don;t really solely on them for these health benefits. 

The brain is an interesting muscle. We only know a tiny bit about how it works, yet it is one of the most important parts of our body. Omega-3 has mental benefits that range from memory to mental disorders. A Norwegian study found that cod liver oil, which is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, taken daily can even reduce depression by up to 30%. 

It isn't exactly known how Omega-3 helps the brain, but there is a lot of research and new discoveries being found all the time. One recent finding is they help the synapses 'fire' by keeping membrane walls elastic and easier to pass through. With depression, it is thought that depriving your brain of EPA and DHA can cause higher levels of neuroactive steroids. These steroids have been discovered to aid several brain diseases and disorders.

Omega-3 fatty acids are not only a good idea to boost your health, they are actually necessary for your body to function properly. If you are not a fan of fish an seafood, look for supplements or talk to your doctor about other sources of EPA and DHA.