Top 5 Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and the Best Omega 3 Supplements

What Are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?

Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids. Polyunsaturated means at least 2 spots where the molecule isn’t saturated with hydrogen. Omega 3 means the first hydrogen atom that is “missing” is just past the third carbon atom at the end of the carbon tail of the molecule. The three omega 3 fatty acids that humans use are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA is found mainly in plant oils such as flaxseed and chia seeds. DHA and EPA are found mostly in seafood.

 

The single easiest and most effective thing I can get my clients to do for any health or fitness goal is to take a multivitamin and omega 3 fatty acids. I get clients to look up the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids for motivation to take them and they always come back to me with a huge list of diseases that are prevented by omega 3 fats.  They definitely prevent diseases but here are some more really important reasons to take them.

 

Top 5 Benefits of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

1.      Omega 3s are an anti-inflammatory. So is cortisol which is the stress hormone and cortisol retains fat around the belly. When we take omegs 3s it reduces our cortisol.  The number one thing I do as a personal trainer is I reduce stress and cortisol. Stress is now the number one cause of health issues in our society and the number one obstacle people deal with in their fitness goals. There are other ways to reduce cortisol/stress and they should be implemented, but omega 3s is the easiest and one of the most effective ways. Let’s get honest, we live in a society that wants a pill for every problem. This is one of the only pills I recommend taking regularly.

 

2.      Omega 3s are building blocks of the body and enable our bodies to use fats as energy.  Omega 3s are in our cells membrane and are most abundant in cells of the retina, sperm, and brain. Also, without omega 3s our bodies will just store fat or excrete it if we’re lucky instead of using it for energy.

 

3.      Omega 3s are the third highest ranking legal ergogenic aid (performance enhancer). In other words, we perform terribly without them.  The number one legal ergogenic aid is water, the number two is carbohydrates. Just like water, our bodies need omega 3s.  Without any water our bodies will go on a fast and steady decline and same with omega 3s. Essential means they are necessary to ingest because our bodies will not produce them.

 

4. Omega 3s are a natural anti-inflammatory. The reason this is so important is due to high amounts of inflammation our food and water typically causes along with all the toxins in the environment. Anybody want to reduce their pain in their joints, muscles, or back? Take omega 3s.

 

5. If you need another reason to take omega 3s, then yes, they help prevent pretty much every disease there is known to man and help with whatever ails us. Here is a list of diseases prevented by omega-3s put together for you by Sayer Gi and the last time I checked the list was at 322 diseases. Asking for the benefits of omega 3s is similar to asking what the benefits of water is. 

 

There is no upper limit of omega 3s. That’s like saying there’s an upper limit of how much saturated fat (meat fat), you can eat. You can eat as much as you want; you’ll never overdose.  You might gain weight and be unhealthy, but you won’t overdose. With Omega 3s you want a healthy balance of omega 3s and omega 6s. We already get way too much omega 6s in our diet which makes an omega 3 supplement even more important. I have seen doctors recommend 2000-3000 mg per day.

 

The best way to get omega 3s is in food, however, the problem is all the toxins found in fish these days and the shadiness in the seafood industry. According to Dr. Mercola as much as 80% of fish that says “Wild” is actually farmed. Farmed fish when tested was significantly higher in toxins than wild so we want the wild but it’s hard to get. Even if we are actually getting wild fish it is still too high in toxins to be healthy. The exception is small fish like sardines or Alaskan wild caught salmon.

 

The Best Omega 3 Supplements

We have been destroying our planet for too long now and unfortunately we almost have to rely on a good supplement for our source of omega 3s. I recommend krill oil because it has a substance called astaxanthin in it. It’s one of the strongest antioxidants known to man and it preserves the fish oil. You must keep it in the fridge to help preserve it as well.

 

If you buy an omega 3 supplement off the shelf you are buying rotten fish oil. Don’t bother. It’s not bioavailable (absorbed and used by the body) and you just burp up rotten fish oil. Cod liver oil is not recommended either because it has way too much vitamin A ratio to vitamin D. Taking too much vitamin A mimics a deficiency in vitamin A and people can overdose on vitamin A. Some symptoms are a rash, headache, nausea, and vomitting.

 

Some people are vegan and rely on chia seeds and flax seeds for their omega 3s but these foods only have ALA in them. Unfortunately, our bodies will only convert very small amounts of ALA into EPA and then to DHA. Getting EPA and DHA straight from foods or supplements is the only way to get enough omega 3 fatty acids. Alternatively, a decent choice for a vegan would be the supplement that comes from algae. I have personally not gone this route but omega 3s from algae does have EPA and DHA making it the best supplement for vegans.

 

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