The Happy Hormone Cottage and Integrated Hormone Center are proud to offer our patients a wide range of nutraceuticals to help them achieve optimal levels of essential vitamins and nutrients. We recognize the importance of Omega-3 fatty acids and the role they play in development, cardiovascular health, and joint health among many others! This article lists the incredible benefits that are associated with adequate Omega-3 levels
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What are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
The three main omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA is primarily found in plant oils like flaxseed, soybean, and canola. DHA and EPA on the other hand are mostly found in fish and seafood, like salmon or tuna, along with a range of fortified foods, like specific types of eggs or milk.
Benefits of Taking Omega-3 Supplements
Omega-3s Can Help With Depression and Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health conditions in the world. Every year we continue to learn more about the causes and potential risk factors for these conditions. Studies have shown that people who get enough omega-3s are less likely to be depressed and those who already have depression or anxiety that begin taking omega-3 supplements, notice an improvement in symptoms. Scientists have found EPA to potentially be as effective against depression as a common antidepressant drug.
Omega-3s For Brain Health During Pregnancy and Early Life
Omega-3s are the foundation for early brain development in infants, with DHA accounting for 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids in your brain. Ensuring you are getting enough omega-3s while pregnant can offer a range of incredible benefits for your child, including:
- Promoting higher intelligence
- Reduced risk of developmental concerns
- Fewer risks of ADHD, autism, and cerebral palsy
- Stronger communication and social skills
- Improved eyesight
Omega-3s Can Improve Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Heart attacks and strokes are the world’s leading causes of death. While Omega-3s are by no means a ‘cure’ for heart disease, the benefits they have on the body help improve your cardiovascular and circulatory systems, alleviating strain on the heart. These benefits include:
- Blood pressure
- Raise “Good” HDL cholesterol levels
- Blood clots: Omega-3s can keep blood platelets from clotting
- Plaque: prevent the plaque that can restrict your arteries
Omega-3s May Improve Bone and Joint Health
Osteoporosis and arthritis are two common degenerative disorders that affect your musculoskeletal system as you age. Studies have shown that omega-3s can encourage the absorption of the amount of calcium in your bones, which may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
Omega-3s are also known to help with joint health and helpful for those recovering from joint injuries and Arthritis management.
Omega-3 Fats Offer Skin Benefits
DHA is a vital component of skin and. It is responsible for the optimal health of skin cell membranes. Healthy skin cells leave your skin looking clean, wrinkle-free, and radiant. The benefits of EPA for your skin also include:
- Manages oil production and hydration
- Preventing hyperkeratinization
- Reducing early signs of aging
- Reducing the risk of acne
- Protects skin from sun damage
Ready to Learn More About Omega-3 Supplementation?
If you would like more information or are ready to speak with a pharmacist about if Omega-3 supplementation is right for you, call us at (513)449-2192 or meet with a specialist in person by booking an appointment online today! The Happy Hormone Cottage and Integrative Hormone Center and Pharmacy can help restore your health, so you can live happily!