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Why Omega 3 fatty acids are essential to health?

PC. Luis Quiroz Ravines

Fats, as higher energy reserves are highly useful to the body, so it is advisable to be present in the body in appropriate amounts. The basic components of fats are fatty acids. Among them there are a variety of substances known as Omega 3 and Omega 6. Omega fatty acids are found in the so-called essential because the human body itself does not produce, it makes must be ingested through food as cold water fish, including tuna, salmon and mackerel. Other important omega-3 fatty acids found in green leafy vegetables, especially in flaxseed and the seeds of pumpkin.

However as a result of our highly processed diets we are consuming large amounts of omega 6 and little or no omega 3. According Boschman, Omega 6 increases adrenaline and tension and in response to that tension need Omega 3 for reduce and eliminate stressful day. By deficiency of Omega 3 there are  many people with hypertension in our society.

Furthermore it has been found that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial to the heart and among others listed positive effects: anti-inflammatory actions and anticoagulants, decreased levels of cholesterol and triglycerides and reducing blood pressure. These fatty acids may also reduce the risks and symptoms of other disorders, including diabetes, stroke, some cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and mental deterioration..

More than 2000 scientific studies have demonstrated the wide range of problems associated with deficiency of omega 3. Most diets are poor in omega 3, except those involving certain types of fish. A study by the University of Paerdue has shown that children with deficiency of Omega 3 are hyperactive, have learning disorders and exhibit behavior problems. Omega 3 deficiency has also been linked to many conditions, including the following: dyslexia, depression, obesity, heart disease, allergies, arthritis, memory problems, cancer, diabetes, etc.

According to a scientific journal Omega 3 fatty acids are positively linked to the mineral density of bones, indicating that a higher bone density in youth can reduce the chances of osteoporosis in old age.

The human brain is more than 60% structural fat, but not just any fat, must be certain types of fat and generally do not eat enough of these types of fat amounts. What's worse, we consume excessive amounts of saturated fats and vegetable oils high in Omega-6 fatty acids, which interfere with the absorption of small amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids that we ingest.

Other parts of our body also need Omega-3 fatty acids. In fact researchers believe that about 60% of people are deficient in Omega 3 and 20% have such a small amount that test methods can not detect in the blood.

A daily supplementation with Omega 3 can improve mental function in adult patients with median cognitive decline, can also slow the mental decline in people with Alzheimer's, also can reduce the risk of getting colorectal cancer

Many of the studies on the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids show that fish is one of its main sources. Salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna and even shellfish are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore it is recommended to consume more fish and seafood in general. On the other hand the plant source with the highest amount of Omega 3 was flaxseed, but apparently our Sacha Inchi that occurs in the jungle overcomes long, becoming the plant with higher content of Omega 3 in the world, something is intensively exported to Japan and Europe as Sacha Inchi oil.

NOTE: Luis Quiroz Ravines is a Peruvian journalist specializing in natural health, author of an effective  treatment to lose weight naturally. Learn MORE at:

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