Friday, October 12, 2007

The Wonders Of Omega-3

Along with taking protein shakes as a supplement to my diet and work-out program, another supplement I also take is in the form of fatty acids, specifically Omega-3 fatty acids. These supplements help in weight loss, as well as having numerous other benefits.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a specific type of unsaturated fat that the body cannot manufacture on its own, so they must be obatained from food. There are three types of Omega-3 fatty acids that are important in human metabolism:

1. a-Linolenic Acid (ALA)

2. Eicosapentaenoic Acid (ELA)

3. Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)

ALA is considered to be an essential nutrient. Essential nutrients cannot be synthesized by the body, they must be consumed in food products. Both ELA and DHA are non-essential, but can be synthesized using ALA as a starting point. Foods with the highest concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in flaxseeds, walnuts, tuna, shrimp, salmon, soybeans, halibut, cauliflower or cabbage, or you can take it in the form of softgels which can be found in the supplements section of a store.

When you combine Omega-3 fish oils with exercise the best results are obtained for weight loss. The Omega-3 found in fish oil increases fat-burning ability by improving the flow of blood to muscles during exercise.

Aside from weight loss, Omega-3 fatty acids may be helpful in treating a variety of conditions, such as:

1. Heart Disease

2. Stroke

3. High Blood Pressure

4. High Cholesterol

5. Diabetes

6. Colon Cancer

7. Breast Cancer

8. Prostate Cancer

9. Schizophrenia

10. Manic/Depression (Bipolar Disorder)

11. Depression

12. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

13. Eating Disorders

14. Panic Attacks

15. Asthma

16. Menstrual Pain

17. Migraine Headaches

18. Preterm Labor

19. Arthritis

20. Osteoporosis

21. Skin Disorders

22. Burns

23. Ulcers

24. Emphysema

25. Glaucoma

26. Macular Degeneration

27. Eczema

28. Psoriasis

29. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

30. Lupus

31. Lyme Disease

32. Huntington's Disease

33. Multiple Sclerosis

I would like to add that because of the potential for side effects and interactions with medications, this and all supplements should be taken after informing your doctor.

6 comments:

Trish Ong said...

Hello Dinae:

This is a great piece about Omega 3, but the real story is about Omega 5 [five] oil that is extracted from pomegranate seeds.

I believe that the list of wonders of this fatty acid equals or exceeds the list of Omega 3.

I have been using Omega 5 oil products for about a year now, mostly in the form of soft gel caps and skin care products.

Recently, Woman's World even recommended the Omega 5 cream for cellulite problems [I do not have any, thank you !!] and it is also helpful in the area of weight loss [I do need some help]

Pomegarnate seed oil has many medicinal benefits to look into and it is one of strongest antioxidants, if not the strongest. You should try it if you believe in fitness and wellness.

The lead vendor is a company based in Marin County California, it is called POMEGA, and their site is www.pomega5.com.


Trish,

Trish Ong said...

Thank you for considerign my comment about Omega 5 oil --

Best, Trish

mbagraduate@hotmail.com said...

thanks for the info, Trish

Diane

Trish said...

Actually, I did some research on the web and found yet another company which sells products made of pomegranate seed oil, that is --Omega 5 oil.

But these are more high end products,but they claim to be totally green, I am not sure that cosmetics can be totally green and high end.

See: http://www.makeup.com/brands/tzerah/?gclid=COHUtvHy544CFQzCYgodnyIcEQ

Trish

John J. Kaiser said...

I just picked up an Omega-3 supplement last week. Started taking it a few days ago.

mbagraduate@hotmail.com said...

i started taking my omega-3 a little more than a year ago

Diane