The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The beneficial effects of Omega-3 ingestion on health were first seen by scientists in Greenland in the 1970s. Researchers found that Eskimos, who had high fish oil content in their diets, had fewer than average heart attacks and strokes. Since then, a plethora of research has been done to uncover what makes these fatty acids so mighty.
What are Omega-3s?
Omega-3 fatty acids are types of ‘essential’ fats that we must get from our diets as they cannot be synthesised from scratch by the body. Omega-3 fatty acids are a series of acids, the main two being Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
Several studies have reported that diets rich in DHA and EPA (3g daily) can help to maintain normal blood pressure.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is vital for the normal functioning of the body. Too much low density lipoprotein (LDL) in the blood, which transports cholesterol to the tissues, is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid found in plants such as hemp flaxseed and chia, has been shown to contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels with 2g ALA per day.
High levels of circulating triglycerides in the blood can be linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Studies have suggested that a daily intake of 2g DHA in combination with EPA can contribute to the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride levels.
There is good evidence that diets rich in DHA & EPA (daily intake of 250mg DHA & EPA) can help the heart function normally. The main causes of CVD are high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking.
As we age cognitive function tends to decrease. Researchers have found that a daily intake of 250mg DHA contributes to maintenance of normal brain function.
Studies have shown that the omega-3 fatty acid DHA can benefit eye health and normal vision with a daily intake of 250mg.
Safeguard your health with these mighty omegas by eating two portions of fish per week, with at least one portion coming from oily sources such as salmon and sardines. If you don’t eat fish or need to supplement your diet; Maximuscle have released Omega-3 capsules packed with 3000mg fish oil in a daily serve of 3 capsules. To get the most out of Maximuscle omega-3s spread your 3 capsules out evenly throughout the day.