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Saturday, April 2, 2011

All about Omegas



Most people know that Omegas are good for you. Some of you take the supplements because you know this, but not sure why Omegas are good for you or what they do. Here are a few examples I found that is useful information and to the point.  

Omega-3


Research on the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acid have shown that it may be useful for supporting the following conditions:

Asthma

Diabetes

Arthritis

Osteoporosis

Some Cancers

Skin Disorders

High Cholesterol

High Blood Pressure

Attention Disorders

Depressive Disorders

Macular Degeneration

Digestive Difficulties



Omega-3 Fatty Acids are found naturally in these foods:


Atlantic Salmon or Herring 3 ounces cooked 1.9 grams

Blue Fin Tuna 3 ounces cooked 1.5 grams

Sardines, canned 3 oz. in tomato sauce 1.5 grams

Anchovies, canned 2 ounces drained 1.2 grams

Atlantic Mackerel 3 ounces cooked 1.15 grams

Salmon, canned 3 ounces drained 1.0 gram

Swordfish 3 ounces cooked 0.9 gram

Sea Bass (mixed species) 3 ounces cooked 0.65 gram

Tuna, white meat canned 3 ounces drained 0.5 gram

Sole, Flounder, Mussels 3 ounces cooked 0.4 gram

Wild Catfish, crabmeat, clams 3 ounces cooked/steamed 0.3 gram

Prawns 6 pieces 0.15 gram

Altantic Cod, Lobster 3 ounces cooked/steamed 0.15 gram

Trout, Orange roughy 3 ounces cooked <0.1 gram


Omega-6



Health benefits of Omega-6 fatty acids:

Reduces the aches and pains of rheumatoid arthritis

Relieves the discomforts of PMS, endometriosis, and fibrocystic breasts

Reduces the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis

Clears up acne and rosacea

Prevents and improves diabetic neuropathy

Aids in cancer treatment

Although Omega 6 is generally classed as pro-inflammatory, when sourced dietetically, has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help the bloating and pain associated with PMS. It also maintains healthy skin, hair and nails.

Omega 3 and Omega 6 interact with each other so the balance between them is crucial for good health.

Omega-6 fatty acids are found naturally in:
 
Kale

Olive Oil

Wheatgerm

Flaxseeds

Grapeseeds

Pistachios

Sesame Oil

Hempseed Oil

Pumpkin Seeds

Chia Seed Oil

Safflower Oil

Sunflower Oil

Cottonseed Oil

Raw Nuts and Seeds


Omega-9



Omega-9 fatty acid plays a role in preventing heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels. Other benefits of omega 9 are that it reduces hardening of the arteries and improves immune function.

Omega-9 fatty acids are also found naturally in:

Avocados

Pecans

Cashews

Almonds

Hazelnuts

Pistachios

Macadamia Nuts

Chia Seed Oil

Olives and Olive Oil

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