Why are Omega 3s so important?
Every single cell in the body needs Omega 3s to thrive. Cells are surrounded by a phospholipid bylayer of fat which protects the contents and integrity of the cell. This is especially important, because the health of our cells will directly dictate the overall health of our body.
Omega 3s are an integral part of cell membranes, throughout the entire body and affect the cell receptors in these membranes. Omega 3s also provide the foundation for making the hormones, which regulate the blood, heart, and our genetic function.
Current research shows that omega 3s help prevent heart disease & stroke, decrease inflammatory diseases such as lupus, provide benefits for skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis & eczema, optimize mood and brain function and may even protect against cancer.
Where do Omega 3s come from?
The best food sources of omega 3s include wild salmon, sardines, krill, mackerel, grass-fed beef, algae oils, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, walnuts and flaxseeds. Although it is not always possible or convenient to get sufficient Omega 3s from diet, you can optimize your intake of omega 3s through superior supplements such as Dr. Dave's Best Ultra 85.
There are three common types of omega 3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA, ALA
When talking fish oil, you're sure to hear the letters 'EPA' and 'DHA', which stand for EPA(eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA(docosahexaenoic acid), both of which are long chain omega 3 fatty acids coming from animal sources. EPA is responsible for blocking Arachidonic Acid which is the inflammatory causing component of Omega 6. DHA is what keeps the nervous system functioning and provides anti-inflammatory benefits. Getting sufficient DHA consumption is related to greater function of insulin, increased muscle growth, improved mood and better sleep.
ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) is a short chain omega 3 fatty acid that comes primarily from plant sources, which animals consume and convert into the ultra potent DHA.
Herbivores and certain omnivorous animals such as mice are great at converting ALA to DHA, however humans, on the other hand, can only convert approximately 7-9% of ALA to DHA. It is for this reason that chia seeds and flaxseed oil are not as beneficial for humans as animal sources of Omegas.
How much Omega 3s are needed for optimal health?
The amount of Omega 3 needed largely depends on the consumption of omega 6 in the diet.
Although Omega 6s are needed for survival, as they assist with brain function, muscle growth, and hormone production, they also contribute to inflammation, and they are in competition with omega 3s in the body. The optimal ratio of Omega 6 to 3 is approximately between 1:1 to 4:1, however the modern diet is closer to 16:1.
The negative implications of too much Omega 6:
Elevated Omega 6 intake is associated with a drastic increase in all inflammatory diseases, including but not limited to:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Metabolic syndrome
- Irritable bowel syndrome & inflammatory bowel disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Macular degeneration
- Psychiatric disorders
- Autoimmune disease
With the widespread onset of these mentioned diseases, doesn't it make sense to simply reverse the damage we are doing to ourselves by simply having more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff?
Plain and simple, your health is a direct result of what you put into your body. We understand this fully, which is why we have created a top quality line of Fish Oil supplements. Maintaining good health, prevention of illness and reversal of inflammation is of the utmost importance, so get started now and ramp up your health today with Dr. Dave's Best Ultra 85.