A recent study from Harvard University and the Center for Disease Control found that Omega-3 deficiencies cause 96,000 deaths per year¹. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to play a critical role in the development of the central nervous system. Research continues to link the association between omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic, eicosapentaenoic, docosahexaenoic) and depressive disorders.
Why are Omega-3 fatty acids important?
The connection is found through epidemiological, laboratory and clinical studies linking dietary lipids and other nutritional factors to clinical outcomes in depression management.
Omega-3s are some of the “good” fats necessary for a healthy diet, but they are not naturally produced in your body.
It is important to have the perfect ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 in the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation while omega-6 promote inflammation.
Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and have been found to be very important in brain memory, performance and behavioral functions.
Infants with omega-3 deficiencies are at risk for developing vision and neurological conditions.
Some symptoms of omega-3 deficiency are:
- Poor memory
- Weakened immune system
- Mood swings
How much Omega-3 do we need?
The Standard American Diet (SAD) often contains 25 times more omega-6 than omega -3 fatty acids. The Perfect Ratio Omega has been formulated to promote the ideal 2:1 ratio of Omega 6 and 3² ..
A number of recent studies now link cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease with omega-3 and 6 imbalances. Scientists now believe proper supplementation and improved dietary factors to have a preventative quality in the production of these conditions.
Due to the risk of possible side effects and drug interactions, you should only take dietary supplements under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional. Our office will be able to encourage and support you and your specific health condition
Best Sources of Omega-3
- Fish oil- a supplement of fish oil is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids
- Flaxseed / flaxseed oil- flaxseed is a great source but flaxseed oil is more condensed than regular flaxseeds
- Fish- Salmon, Trout, and other fish types are great ways to get omega-3 fatty acids in your daily diet.
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