Omega 3 seems like a wonder substance to me, as well as the foods which contain this fatty acid.
I’ve read these days about a few studies which convince me even more that I should try and eat greater quantities of salmon, walnuts, sardines, mackerel or broccoli:
1. Fighting against blindness
A study carried out by a few scientists from the Children’s Hospital Boston uncovered the benefits of omega 3 fatty acids with respect to the human sight. It appears that our eyes – especially the retina – have high concentrations of omega 3. Consequently, in order to obtain and maintain excellent vision, our diets should include omega 3 sources. This should keep us away from retinopathy, a disease which affects the retina and which can lead to blindness, as well as macular degeneration, caused by blood vessel abnormalities.
2. Fighting against depression
A recent study performed on mice showed the importance of including omega 3 in our diets in order to improve our mental health. According to the findings, it appears that omega 3 fatty acids dietary deficiency might lead to neurological dysfunctions, as well as mood disorders such as depression. Omega 3, it seems, has an important role in adjusting and controlling emotional responses to certain situations, as well as in regard to feeling content and rewarded.
3. Fighting against inflammation
Although it has been quite clear for a while that omega 3 is a great cardio-friendly food, additional research was carried out in order to discover how exactly this fatty acid works in this respect. The results showed that omega 3 is great at reducing inflammations, which are often the cause of many diseases. Consequently, conditions which present inflammatory symptoms might be easier to avoid or fight against by including omega 3 rich foods into our everyday diets.
Nevertheless, scientists working at the Norwegian National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research are currently engaged in a study aimed at determining the best way of ingesting omega 3 – whether it should be provided by fresh food or by taking supplements. The results are on the way, I’ll keep you posted on what I hear.
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