Omega-3 oils have been called “the miracle food of the 21st century.” Research shows the right kind can help prevent heart disease, maintain optimum blood pressure and cholesterol levels and give almost immediate relief from joint pain, migraines, depression, autoimmune diseases and many other conditions. And, by improving brain development and memory functioning, from conception through old age, certain Omega-3 oils also provide the perfect brain food. Our master organ, the one that controls our entire body, the brain, is made up of a tremendous amount of fat by weight. Most people don’t know this. And a significant portion of this fat is the omega 3 fatty acid known as DHA, short for Docosahexaenoic Acid.
This means that nature intended the human brain to be “powered” by fats, so to speak, and if you don’t have enough, your brain won’t be able to run properly. Although it’s not a perfect metaphor, it’s somewhat like trying to run a car without fuel. However, it’s even worse, because whereas a car would simply not run, the human brain instead begins to suffer from ailments and diseases
One of the best known and studied benefits of omega 3 fatty acids are for heart health. Until recently, this was the number #1 killer in the Western world (it has recently been surpassed by cancer). Fish oil supplements, very high in omega 3 fats, have been shown to help those with heart disease, and help protect those who don’t, but might be susceptible to it down the line due to family history. How does it do this? Well, for starters, omega 3′s can make platelets in the blood less sticky. This prevents them from clumping together, which can trigger heart attacks if they do as blood flow can stop. In addition, omega 3′s can reduce triglycerides – blood fats closely related to cholesterol – and when they are high along with cholesterol, one’s chances of heart disease go up markedly. Research has also shown that omega 3′s can help reduce or prevent heart rhythm abnormalities by making the electrical system of the heart stronger. Heart disease is also characterized by inflammation, and omega 3 oils have potent anti-inflammatory properties that can counter this.