Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and include DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). They are found in fish. Fish oil for vegetarians is marine algae.
Omega-3s is identified as the number one nutrient to fight age-related cognitive decline and dementia. It also helps the fluidity of brain cell membranes, helping your cells to communicate. It improves cognition, memory and mood.
DHA produces new nerve cells and increases neuroplasticity and produces bigger hippocampus, the memory center of the brain.
A growing body of evidence suggests a significant mood benefits with EPA.EPA daily dosage of at least 60% EPA in fish oil supplement may provide maximal effect on mood,
Particularly depressive symptoms.
DHA and EPA help your retinas to work properly. Omega-3s seem to protect your eyes from
AMD (age-related macular degeneration) and glaucoma.
The fish that contain optimal beneficial levels of omega -3s include: tuna, salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines, anchovies and herring.
Inflammation and autoimmune diseases
Omega-3s possesses an immunomodulatory activities and anti-inflammatory properties.
There have been a number of clinical trials assessing the benefits of fish oils supplementation in several inflammatory and autoimmune disease, including rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis and migraine headaches. The fish oil in chronic inflammatory diseases reveal significant benefit, including decreased disease activity.