WHAT ARE OMEGA 3
The Omega 3 they are essential fatty acids, which our body cannot synthesize, so they must necessarily be introduced with the diet.
They are present in foods:
- Of animal origin in the form of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) in fish such as mackerel, salmon, trout, swordfish and herring.
- Of vegetable origin in the form of ALA (alpha linoleic acid) in nuts, legumes, algae, green leafy vegetables, flax and chia seeds.
The body is able to partially transform ALA into EPA and DHA.
Introduce, through the power supply, Omega 3 (correctly related to Omega 6 ) is essential for health, especially for those over 55 years of age and during pregnancy (for the correct development of the fetus). They become even more precious and important to take, when you have specific ailments, let's see which ones:
The consumption of Omega 3 also affects the total composition of lipoproteins, in particular contributes to raise "good" cholesterol (HDL), thus improving the cardiovascular risk profile.
In 90% of cases, high cholesterol is the indicator of a wrong lifestyle. Therefore, it is necessary to review one's diet, daily habits and evaluate the integration with a quality natural product.
They are a group of pathologies of the heart and blood vessels, in Italy they cause 44% of total deaths. They are caused by various risk factors, such as age, gender, blood pressure, cigarette smoking, and diabetes high cholesterol which contribute to their development.
Regular consumption of foods rich in Omega 3 it is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as demonstrated by numerous research carried out over the last 30 years.
Mechanisms of action:
- They soften and maintain elastic the tissue that lines the blood vessels, helping to lower blood pressure.
- They regulate platelet aggregation and inflammation, which is why they help limit the formation of atherosclerotic plaques .
- They reduce the susceptibility of the heart to arrhythmia and are useful for lower the level of triglycerides in the blood .
LOW IMMUNE DEFENSES AND INFLAMMATION
Several researches have shown the ability of omega 3's modulate both the immune response that inflammation . The benefits were summarized in one study conducted following the finding of a low percentage of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases in the Eskimo populations, whose diet is rich in fish, with a high content of Omega 3.
THE inflammatory processes they represent a generic defense mechanism that helps the body to counteract any aggression, be it traumatic, chemical or microbial.
Specific immunity it is instead a more sophisticated defense system, which can be divided into 2 mechanisms:
- Antibody production.
- Mediated by the cells of the body's defense system.
A triggering stimulus causes the production of molecules that signal the presence of inflammation to the body ... and this is where fatty acids come into play. The balance between the Omega 3 and the Omega 6 regulates the production of various inflammatory molecules . In particular, the Omega 3 they inhibit the production of eicosanoids and have an anti-inflammatory action .
Fatty acids Omega 3 counteract the accumulation of fat and promote the weight loss when combined with a low-calorie diet and exercise. Thanks to a study conducted in Australia, one could be observed decrease in abdominal and visceral fat storage . Not only that, the higher the levels of Omega-3 in the blood, the lower the body mass index, the waist and the circumference of the hips.
Alongside this effect, another Omega-3 benefit appears to be promoting lean body mass gain . One of the hypotheses put forward is that it increases the vasodilation , which is the flow of blood to the muscles during exercise.
As a result, the muscles would use more nutrients, making them less available for the production of fat and its accumulation in adipose tissue.
Obviously, the consumption of these fatty acids is an effective strategy only in combination with a low-calorie diet and sufficient physical activity.
The analysis of the data collected in the course of various clinical studies has shown that in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis the use of Omega 3 supplements can reduce the fragility of the joints and morning stiffness. Not only that, numerous researches have shown that it decreases inflammation and the activity of enzymes that destroy cartilage tissue.
Omega 3s are useful for ensuring functional integrity and structural of skin and hair : lipids, in fact, allow the growth of epithelial cells, making the nails and hair more robust and the skin more hydrated, healthier and younger. These fatty acids contribute to formation of the hydro-lipidic acid film of the epidermis on the entire skin surface, including the scalp, counteracting skin dryness , dandruff and dermatitis , including psoriasis .
- Maintenance of the essential elements of our brain, eyes and nerves.
- Help in controlling blood clotting.
- Construction of the cell membrane in the brain.
- Reduction in triglyceride (TG) levels.
- Maintenance of normal brain functions.
- Support against cognitive aging.
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