So what’s this hype about omega 3’s? Why are there omega 3’s…omega 3-6-9…the alpha & the omega? I can’t go into detail about the last point there without going way too religious but I can tell you why the the hype is REAL with omega 3’s!
omega-3, or omega-3 fatty acid, is a type of essential fatty acid. So what is an essential fatty acid? It’s essentially (haha) proteins that can’t be made by our bodies so we need to consume it through external sources like food. You may have heard of EPA and DHA when it comes to omega-3’s. These are simply components of omega-3. The functions of omega-3’s is to lower bad cholesterol in the body, or LDL, decrease inflammation, and very important for development of all cell membranes. So what does this all mean?! You might want to load up on some omega 3’s if you have…
- hair loss
- feel bloated and heavy
- feel low or depressed
- pregnant because it’s important for fetal development!
- have cardiovascular disease
- insulin resistance
- joint pain
- mental/brain disorders such as ADHD, Alzheimers, dementia
So what is Omega 3-6-9?
This just means the supplement contains Omega 6 and Omega 9 in it as well. We consume a lot of omega 6 and 9 in our diet already so we don’t need to supplement more of it. Omega 6 and 9’s actually have some inflammatory properties so it's best we don't add more to our diets.
Omega 3’s can be found in:
- fish (salmon, cod, halibut, and mackerel being the higher sources)
- nuts (brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, cashews, etc.)
- olive oil
- seeds (chia, flax, hemp, etc.)
- shellfish (clams, oysters, shrimp)
In order to get a high enough amount, it’s best to take it in supplement form. I use Ascenta NutraSea one daily omega-3 supplements. I’ll take a couple with breakfast in the morning and I’m ready to go for the day!