Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Omega-3 fatty acids benefits

In an earlier blog, I was talking about the benefit of omega-3 to fight depression, but there is much more known benefit reported from omega-3 fatty acid. The omega-3 is found in fish oil, cold water fish, and flax seed oil, to name a few. Here is a list of benefits from different studies over the years.

HEART DISEASE: Decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke and abnormal heart rythms. It also prevent and treat atherosclerosis(hardening of the arteries). But if you have too much of omega-3, more than 3gr. a day, you increaseyour risk of bleeding.

HIGH CHOLESTEROL: It will decrease the cholesterol, by decreasing triglycerid and increasing  HDL ( good fat ).

HYPERTENSION: Studies showed a decrease of the blood pressure.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: Fish oil may reduce the symptom of RA, especially, the morning stiffness and joint pain.

DEPRESSION: Omega-3, nourrish the brain cells, making them more resilient. There is also an increase of good mood neurotransmettor.

OSTEOPOROSIS: Some studies suggest that omega-3, may help increase the level of calcium in the body, and increase bone strenght and density.

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