Omega-3 : The importance of omega-3 for your body.
Omega-3 are essential to human health but our bodies cannot produce it. Omega 3’s help to preserve our health by protecting cells from oxidation (rust on the cells) which leads to aging and eventually, death. Omega-3 also has anti-inflammatory properties.
Main components of Omega-3 are: DHA, EPA, DPA, ALA
EPA and DHA are considered long-chain forms of omega-3 and are found in fish, fish oil supplements, and algae extract. ALA, the short-chain form, is found in plant sources like walnuts, flax-seed, canola and soybean oil, and, to a lesser degree, green leafy vegetables. The body needs to convert the short-chain version to a long-chain version to make use of it.Health conditions and older people’s body may not convert ALA well. DPA and DHA are both equally essential for growth and development of the brain.
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So how much omega-3 should you take?
There is no FDA recommended dosage for fish oil but the FDA does say that the average healthy person (age 5+) should not take a fish oil dosage of more than 3000 mg per day. So what dosage of fish oil should you take? 450-500 mg per day of combined EPA/DHA is a good place to start. The World Health Organization and other governmental health agencies recommend 300-500 mg per day, and most research studies touting the health benefits of omega 3’s are done using fish oil doses of 1000 mg and up. It’s recommended that you start slow when you take fish oil to see what your body feels comfortable with and to make sure you don’t have any fish oil side effects , like allergies.Some people claim that taking higher dosages of fish oil can be helpful with various health issues. For example, The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a fish oil supplement daily dosage of 2000 – 4000 mg for high triglycerides, while for coronary artery disease (CAD), also known as diagnosed coronary heart disease (CHD), the AHA recommends a daily dosage of 1000 mg of EPA and DHA omega 3s. Some claim that taking extremely high doses of fish oil omega 3s can benefit major issues like depression (10,000 mg), Crohn’s disease (4000 mg), lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (6000 mg). Dosage always differs from person to person and the reason for which it is taken. Always take omega-3, that also has a natural vitamin-E which acts not only as a preservative but also keeps it fresh as these supplements go rancid quickly.
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