Omega 3 is a term most of you have heard being thrown around in the media. But what exactly is it and why do we need it? That’s where we come in.
Omegas-3’s are a type of oil made from polyunsaturated fats. These polyunsaturated fats are considered the ‘good’ type of fat, because evidence suggests that they help to reduce your risk of heart disease and improve cardiovascular health. Omega-3 has also been shown to help aid autoimmune disorders, osteoporosis, Crohn’s disease, cancer, arthritis, ADHD, neural function and coronary heart disease. Therefore, based on the wide range of health benefits omega-3 are believed to have on the body, it is understandable why so many people are talking about omega-3 and why you should try to include omega-3 oils into your daily diet.
Omega-3 is primarily found in marine sources (salmon, tune, barramundi, scallops & mussels) but can also be found in some plant sources (avocado, canola margarine, walnuts, soybean & flaxseeds). In order to consume the recommended intake of omega-3 per week, we recommend you consume a minimum on 2-3 serves of oily fish each week. If you don’t eat fish then we recommend you consume foods that are a) naturally rich in omega-3 or b) fortified with omega-3 on a regular basis. If you are still struggling to meet these recommended intakes, you can discuss fish oil supplementation with your GP. It is also important to eat a variety of foods from both the marine and plant sources of omega-3, as they each contain different properties that work in various ways to improve cardiovascular health. A combination of all these sources of omega-3 have been proven to have the most promising results on heart health. For more information on Omega-3 click here.
*Information obtained from The Heart Foundation website.