Omega Fatty Acids
There are 3 types of Omega fatty acids….Omega-3 Omega-6 & Omega-9 We most often hear about Omegas -3 and -6. 😉
Your body needs omega-3 and omega-6 but can’t produce them…they are considered essential fatty acids…we must get them from our diet or supplements. Omega-9 fatty acids are considered non essential because your body can make them if there are enough omega-3 and -6 in your diet. We don’t have to depend on a direct source to obtain them.
Let’s take a look at the different Omegas…
Omega-3 : Omega-3 fatty acids help to lower triglycerides, decrease blood pressure, decrease inflammation and improve brain function. Omega-3s are found in eggs, fish leafy green veggies, walnuts, fruits and olive oil.
Omega-6 : Omega-6 fatty acids help with brain function, skin and hair growth, bone health, regulating your metabolism. Certain Omega-6s can boost inflammation. Omega-6s are found in nuts, seeds, grains, leafy greens and olive oil.
Omega-9 : Omega-9 fatty acids are monounsaturated oleic and steric acids. They are produced by your body when you have enough omega-3 and -6. Omega-9s increase immune function. Omega-9 can be found in certain foods like avocados, cashews, olives and olive oil.
The suggested balance between Omega-6 and -3 is 2 to 1. Too much of one and not enough of the other will create an imbalance. The recommended 2:1 ratio will create a healthy balance of hormone like compounds known as eicosanoids which support cardiovascular health, your nervous system and immune function.
Omega-3,-6,9 fish oil supplements can interfere with certain prescription medications. If you feel you are not getting enough in your diet…speak to a healthcare professional before taking supplements!!!
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