Omega-3 fatty acids, also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids, are vital to your health. They boost metabolism, help the body fight inflammation, reduce stiffness and joint pain, and lower the risk of heart disease.
Omega-3 is one of the few compounds that your body doesn’t produce. So it is important to find this “good fat” from food sources. Fish is the most common source of omega-3s, but for those of you who don’t like fish or are a sworn vegetarian, here are a few other options: chia seeds, soybeans, tofu, cauliflower, and flax seeds.
Omega-3 is just as important for adults as it is for children. Here are some ways it can benefit children:
1. Improves a child’s reading skills and memory.
2. It is important for children’s cognitive development. Children of mothers who took omega-3 supplements during pregnancy and breastfeeding score higher than others on cognitive tests.
3. It has been shown to promote eye health, particularly the child’s vision development, by supporting retinal function.
4. It has been shown to be useful for children and adolescents suffering from asthma, attention deficit disorder, and depression.
Why omega-3 is good for adults:
1. Omega-3 has a positive effect on the heart and can significantly reduce the risk of stroke or heart failure. It also reduces the risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats) which can lead to sudden death.
2. It can reduce the chance of developing certain types of cancer.
3. It is good for memory and benefits people who suffer from depression or dementia.
4. Societies that eat an omega-3 rich diet have a much lower incidence of depression.
5. Omega-3s are effective in lowering cholesterol levels. It regulates the amount of bad fat (triglycerides) that circulates in the blood and reduces the risk of heart disease.
6. It improves blood circulation and oxygen uptake.
7. It helps reduce stiffness and joint pain in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
8. It curbs nicotine cravings.
9. Reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.
With inputs from PTI