Why Omega3's are Beneficial

Omega-3 Fatty Acids contain a group of hormones called "Eicosanoids". These are the hormones that control inflammation and by controlling inflation this can help your future health condition. Two important hormones to keep in check are insulin and super hormones known as Eicosanoids. Insulin we effect by the amount of protein and carbohydrates we consume in every meal. Eicosanoids can now be controlled by high enough levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids found in highly purified fish oil.

Fish is considered good for us but it can also be bad for us. It is good for us because it is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that can help us control inflammation. We also know fish can be bad for us because most fish in the world today are contaminated with Mercury, PCB's and DDT in their fatty tissue that people have put in the environment. This puts people in a dilemma whether to eat fish and get the Omega-3 benefit or do not eat fish due to the contaminants.

There are two basic types of Omega Fats that are considered Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's). One group is called Omega-6 fatty acids and the other group is Omega-3 Fatty Acids. It is important to note that Omega-6 fatty acids cause inflammation. In contrast, it is the Omega-3 fatty acids that decrease inflammation. To remain healthy you need a balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. If the balance is to high you will have increased inflammation that could cause an accelerated rate of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer. If the ratio is to low, it means our immune system is now depressed and we can be prone to chronic disease due to increased infection.

In the last 100 years, the amount of long chain Omega-3's in our diet has dropped 95%. The decrease in Omega-3 fatty acids and the corresponding increase in Omega-6 fatty acids and can be linked to the growing rate of heart disease. Initially it was believed to be due to cholesterol but we now know it is a decrease of inflammation.



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