Are You Deficient in Omega-3s?
To get us going, let’s start with a little refresher on omega 3-s. Omega-3s are a type of essential fatty acid your body needs for a great number of natural system functions. Studies have shown that most Americans do not consume enough omega-3 fats and/or have an improper ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s.
Why Are Omega-3s Important?
In 2009, the Harvard School of Public Health published a review of individual risk factors that are attributable to specific deaths. According to its estimates, low omega-3 intake is EIGHTH on the list of the most serious risk factors that contribute to death. Shocking, right? That means that low omega-3 intake is responsible for up to 96,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.
What Are The Health Risks of Low Omega-3s?
While there are no official guidelines for the right amount of omega-3’s one should consume each day… the ideal ratio of omega-6 foods to omega-3 foods is about equal to (or at least at) a 2:1 ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s. The risks of consuming too little omega-3s or too many omega-6s can lead to several health risks:
- Inflammation (sometimes severe)
- Joint and muscle pain
- Higher risk for heart disease and high cholesterol
- Digestive disorders
- Mental disorders (like depression)
- Poor brain development
- Cognitive decline
Now, we do not tell you these risks to scare you. In fact, that is far from the truth. Instead, our goal is to EDUCATE you so that you are able to do better for your health and your family as a whole.
One specific reason why omega-3 fatty acids are so beneficial to many aspects of our health is that they help decrease system-wide inflammation. Did you know? Inflammation is at the root cause of most diseases and is related to the development of nearly every major illness. Of course, some inflammation is essential for survival. It helps protect our bodies from infection & injury. However, when inflammation is chronic or excessive, it can cause more harm than good.
By eating a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory diet… we allow our bodies to do what it does best – HEAL! Your body was literally designed to fight disease. All you have to do is give it the right environment!
The benefits of Omega 3’s may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Improved Heart Health
- Battle Mental Disorders and Decline
- Reduce Inflammation
- Fight Autoimmune Diseases
- Associated with Lower Cancer Risks
- May Support Healthy Bones + Joints
- Might Improve Sleep Quality
- May Fight Menstrual Pain
- Linked to Lower Degeneration Risk
- Support Healthy Skin
Best Ways to Get Omega-3s
The best way to get enough omega-3s is by eating foods rich in the nutrient! Some of our favorite straight-from-the-source recommendations include salmon, walnuts, chia & flax seeds, albacore tuna, and egg yolks. If you decide to start supplementing to boost your omega-3 intake, make sure to ask us about which brand we trust + recommend to avoid any adverse reactions. By the way, did you know that we sell omega-3’s in house? Ask us about them!