20/12/2021

Why should you supplement with Omega-3s?

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Life Extension was the first organization to recommend omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil for heart health. In the simplest term; omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats. 

They’re so-called “essential fatty acids” because they are essential to health - you can’t live without them and your body can’t produce them.

You either have to get your omega-3’s through your diet or through supplementation.


By adding omega-3 fats to your diet and supplement regimen ... 

You will automatically be exposed to a range of health benefits, including support of:

  • A healthy brain function
  • A healthy heart function
  • Healthy blood lipids
  • A healthy mood
  • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Lowering triglyceride levels by slowing the rate they form in the liver. High levels of triglycerides in the blood increase the risk of heart disease. 
  • A healthy inflammatory response, which is key for overall joint wellness

The last one on the list, a healthy inflammatory response, may be more important than you might realize. Scientists believe that inflammation is the common denominator of all age-related diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

Lowering levels of chronic, low-grade inflammation in your body is probably the single most important thing you can do to promote optimal health.


How do you choose the best omega-3 product?

Food rich with omega-3:

Salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, lake trout and tuna are especially high in omega-3 fatty acids. 

Many of these fish contain traces of mercury, though. Eating large amounts of fish and shellfish can result in high levels of mercury in the body.

Seaweed, algae, valnuts, avocado, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds are likewise good vegetarian sources for omega-3.

What do EPA, DHA and ALA mean?

There are two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids in fish — eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The form of omega-3 in plants is called alpha-linolenic (ALA).

Find your omega-3 supplement:

For more than 30 years, Life Extension has been at the very forefront of industry-leading Omega-3 supplements since we first pointed out that Omega-3 can promote heart health. 

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References

Smith, Michael MD. "What You Need to Know About Omega-3s." Nourish, WebMD, October 2020, https://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-omega-3-health-benefits.