We all require some supplements for our healthy living that may not be found in our daily meals.  Some of these important supplements can wholly be found in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 fatty acids hold so many health benefits to the body. Most people tend not to use them due to a lack of information on their health benefits. Scientific research has been conducted to prove the various benefits of these fatty acids.

It helps in the softening of the skin.

Omega-3 contains nutrients that help reduce acne and improve the appearance of young people at high risk of being affected bythis condition. By reducing acne limits premature aging and makes one look younger. These nutrients also keep the skin hydrated and prevent dryness.

Crucial in reduction of menstrual pains in women of all ages.

Most women face the challenge of painful menstrual cramps every month, affecting their normal way of life and productivity. Through the nutrients found in omega-3, women who consume them regularly have witnessed a reduction of these pains.

Improves the functioning of the liver

Some patients with fatty livers that mostly result from obesity have benefited from these supplements. They help in the reduction of fats in the liver, making it function more efficiently. However, it does not help patients suffering from the fatty liver caused by prolonged alcohol use.

Reduces the chances of developing various cancers.

Some cancers, such as colon, liver, and prostate, are among the leading causes of death worldwide. Scientific study has proved that the use of these omega-3 fatty acids supplements limits these conditions. However, this does not mean that they assist in healing the diseases; they only limit the chances.

Reduces the chances of getting heart disease.

Consumption of omega-3 supplements lessens high blood pressure and cholesterol. It also improves the functioning of arteries which otherwise can cause heart attack and other heart diseases. Most people who use seafood, such as fish, have low rates of contracting this disease because of these crucial nutrients.

Eye health enhancement

Eyes are important organs of the body that are fragile and require various nutrients to improve their efficiency and functioning. Lack of certain nutrients can reduce the ability to see and later lead to permanent eye damage. The use of Omega-3 supplements has proved to improve the functioning of the eyes by enhancing the efficiency of the retina.

Good in reducing depression and anxiety.

Excessive anxiety can lead to depression, a mental disorder that has affected so many people worldwide. It has led to death or permanent brain damage in many cases. Consumption of these nutrients can help prevent depression and improve those already suffering from depression since it is an antidepressant.

Reduction of neurodevelopmental disorders in childhood

Some childhood disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, are a  common disorder in children that is mostly characterized by lack of concentration and overactive that affects one through adulthood. Children with this disorder can use Omega-3 supplements to improve their condition, which leads to reduced restlessness and aggression in children. By reducing these symptoms, a child can concentrate more and reduce the chances of being hyperactive.

Improve brain functioning by reducing memory loss.

Memory loss often affects people who have advanced in age. This condition is characterized by forgetfulness. Consuming omega-3 supplements can reduce the chances of memory loss and improve those with existing conditions.

Reducing sleeplessness

 Lack of sleep can lead to many illnesses, especially those that are mental related. The hormone melatonin controls sleeping. Consuming Omega-3 fatty acids improves the production of this hormone leading to improved and quality of sleep.

Reducing bone-related diseases

Some diseases that attack the skeletal system, such as arthritis, are very common, especially in countries that experience very cold seasons. Once these diseases attack the bones, they cause a reduction of bone strength. Omega-3 fatty acids help deal with these conditions by enhancing the amount of calcium in the body. The increased calcium levels increase the strength of the bone.

Reduction of metabolic abnormalities

Metabolism is the chemical process that happens in the body. Abnormalities may occur, hindering these processes making the body not function the right way.This can lead to some diseases such as obesity and later heart diseases. Consuming some reasonable levels of omega-3 can help reduce such abnormalities.

Reduction of inflammation in the body

Incase of serious infections or damages, the body reacts by becoming inflamed. This may cause swellings that might persist and cause some chronic illnesses if the body is not assisted in one way or the other. Omega-3 fatty acids help in the reduction of inflammation if consumed regularly. The body uses these nutrients to hinder high levels of inflammation and help the affected areas.

The Bottom Line

Omega-3 rich foods are available in either supplement or whole foods, such as fish. Therefore, they can be found locally and used to supplement daily diets. Many people do not use them due to a lack of knowledge of their importance to the body.

Research has proved that thesefoods are as important as any other part of our diet and therefore they should not be ignored by both young and older adults. Regular use of these foods will help reduce many lifestyle-related diseases and conditions that cannot be fully reversed.

Marie Salbuvik

MS, Lund University, Sweden

Nutrition plays an important role in human life. Eating habits are one of the factors that affect our health. There is often a misconception among people that nutritionists force a very restrictive diet, but that is not true. In fact, I don't ban any products, but I point out dietary mistakes and help change them by giving tips and new recipes that I've tried myself. I advise my patients not to resist change and to be purposeful. Only with willpower and determination can a good result be achieved in any area of life, including changing eating habits. When I don't work, I love to go climbing. On a Friday evening, you are most likely to find me on my couch, cuddling with my dog and watching some Netflix.

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