Fats are generally considered to be an obstruction in the fitness level of a person. They have often been considered to be an enemy of the so called “Greek God Physique”, but here we are talking about Omega-3 fatty acids. The question is what are Omega-3 Fatty Acids and why are they supposed to be good for us.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids are a group of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids that are useful for proper functioning of body. These are easily available in fish, vegetable oils and various dietary supplements.

Omega-3 consists of 3 principal Fatty Acids called Docosahexaenoic(DHA), Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA).

ALA is commonly found in vegetable oils, especially in  Flaxseed oil. Other sources of ALA are Soybean and Canola Oils. ALA is easily converted to EPA and DHA.

EPA and DHA are often found in Seafood, especially in fatty fishes like Salmon, Tuna, Trout and Shellfishes like Crabs and Oysters. Algae Oil is a vegetarian source of DHA.

The most common form of Omega-3 used is in the form of Capsules containing Fish Oil and Flaxseed oil.

Uses of Omega-3

  • ALA is an essential fatty acid, as human body can’t function properly without it.
  • Omega-3 fatty acid is important for proper Muscle activity.
  • They improve digestion.
  • They help in Blood Clotting.
  • Maintains Fertility of an individual.
  • Maintains the rate of Cell Division and Growth.
  • Prevents Cardiovascular Diseases.
  • Acts as a catalyst for the proper growth of infants.
  • Helpful in giving relief from the symptoms of Arthritis like, Morning stiffness, Swelling of joints, etc.
  • Maintains the proper functioning of Brain and even the Eyes.

Safety related to Omega-3

  • Usually there are no negative impacts of Omega-3, still minor Indigestion can be a side effect.
  • Must not be consumed by People with Fish or seafood Allergies.
  • Omega-3 Supplements may be responsible for extending the bleeding time, hence it’s consumption should be consulted by Doctors.
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