Understanding Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for growing babies and children

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for brain development of the in utero and growing child. Higher IQs in children have been linked to higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids consumed during their mother’s pregnancy. A high amount of omega-6 fatty acids during pregnancy has been linked to higher rates of breast cancer in subsequent generations in animal studies. This suggests that a good balance of omega-3s to omega-6s is especially important during pregnancy. Plus, a study of 500 children found that those low in omega-3 fatty acids had more trouble reading.

Omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent cardiovascular problems

Omega-3s have long been linked to better heart health. In fact, some scientists believe there is compelling evidence that doctors should use omega-3 fatty acid therapy for preventing both primary and secondary cardiovascular diseases. This is exciting and important news, considering that more people die every year from heart disease than cancer. The American Heart Association recommends eating oily fish (salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, lake trout, herring or sardines) twice a week to lower the risk of coronary heart disease, cardiac arrest, heart failure and stroke.

Omega-3 fatty acids, dementia and brain health

There is also some evidence that omega-3 fatty acids could help prevent dementia. Whether that’s because dementia is linked to cardiovascular health, or a more direct link isn’t know for sure, but there is evidence that it could help both the heart and the brain. In fact, omega-3s are linked to bigger, healthier brains that bode well for the aging body.

Omega-3 fatty acids in fish may help prevent breast cancer

Eating omega-3 rich fish could also help prevent breast cancer. Research in Asian countries where seafood is commonly eaten shows reduced breast cancer rates, for example. Scientists who work specifically in the field of breast cancer have long recommended the addition of omega-3s, although not all studies show the same positive results. Keep reading the benefits here, https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/7-important-benefits-of-omega-3-fatty-acids

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