What would you think of a nutrient which not only benefits your health internally but also helps to increase the flexibility of your muscle? And what would you say if I tell you that the nutrient is available to you in one of the tastiest form of Bengali dishes? By now you would surely be interested in knowing more about this wonder nutrient. Well, that is exactly why I am here. By the end of this article you would have adequate knowledge of Omega 3 and be interested in providing your body with this helpful object.There are many benefits of omega 3 fatty acids, here are some of the omega 3 fatty acid benefits which can help you stay healthy.


What Exactly Is Omega 3?

Omega 3 belongs to a broader group of fats called polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) also known as ‘poly fats’. These types of fatty acid are abundantly found in the bodies of fish which is high in nutritional value and abundantly found in fish oils. Awareness of its health benefits has recently increased many folds among the common people. Chemically speaking Omega 3 are polyunsaturated fatty acids and the most important fact about PUFAs are carbon-carbon double bond(C=C) at the third carbon atom from the end of the carbon chain which makes them more flexible and interactive as fatty acids. They are also more fragile and susceptible to damage.


Types of Omega 3

Three types of fatty acids are known to affect human physiology, namely alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which are found in plant oils, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which are only found in marine oils. Other common sources of Omega 3 are Flaxseeds, Sardines, salmons. Significant amount of it are also observed in soybeans, Tofu, Beef, Cauliflower and Brussels sprouts etc.


Why do we need Omega 3?

The answer to the above question is very significant because it can entirely change your approach to eating. It can be a very tedious job citing health benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids. Let us start by explaining how ALAs support our health. Basically ALAs are Energy supplying nutrient. Most of the ALA that we consume is used to produce energy for our cells. Almost 87% of dietary ALA is broken down to be used as energy source. ALAs are also the primary building block for EPA and DHA. In this regard it might be stated that our body needs sufficient amounts of EPA and DHA to maintain the functions of our cardiovascular, inflammatory, immune and nervous systems. Thus if we do not consume enough ALA, we don’t have enough proportions of EPA and DHA.

 

Before knowing the health benefits of EPA we need to be associated with the term Prostaglandins which are messaging molecules which ensures proper functioning of our inflammatory system. These prostaglandins are made directly from EPA. Most of these prostaglandins are anti-inflammatory and hence the risk of excessive inflammation and diseases concerning inflammation can be lowered through consumptions of EPA rich food.

 

DHA maintains proper functioning of our nervous systems by making up of 20% fat in our brain which contains 60% fat. Neurological development is ceased in the absence of DHA and problems like Parkinson’s disease, decreasing reasoning capability in kids, and relentlessness of several scleroses.


Concluding…

500 to 1000 mg of Omega 3 Per day can ensure monumental benefits for our health. It decreases the proneness to various skin diseases such as Psoriasis. Bone density is also enhanced and thus diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis are prevented. It also inhibits proliferation of cancer cells in prostate, breast, colon and many other places. Therefore, you might want to reconsider your thoughts about this particular food nutrient.