HOLISTIC SUPPLEMENT OMEGA FATTY ACIDS: A CHALLENGE FOR SMART HEART BY SAYING NO TO ATHEROSCELEROSIS AND YES TO HOMEOSTASIS
Omega-3/5/6/7/9 fatty acids are considered as essential fatty acids. They are necessary for human health but the body can’t make them -- you have to get them through food. Omega fatty acids can be found in fish, such as salmon, tuna and halibut, other seafood including algae and krill, some plants and nut oils. Also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), omega fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function, as well as normal growth and development. They have also become popular because they may reduce the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish (particularly fatty fish such as mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna, and salmon) at least 2 times a week.Research shows that omega fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Omega fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. In fact, infants who do not get enough omega fatty acids from their mothers during pregnancy are at risk for developing vision and nerve problems. Symptoms of omega fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation. It is important to have the proper ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 (another essential fatty acid) in the diet.