Why are omega fatty acids good?
Omega-3 plays an important role in our cardiovascular health. The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA help maintain normal heart function by maintaining normal cholesterol levels. Research has also shown that omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce blood pressure and platelet aggregation. The recommended intake of omega-3 is 2.5-3 grams a day, which is equivalent to one serving of salmon or 2 capsules of omega-3 a day. Fish oil, flaxseed oil, krill oil and algae oil are all good sources of omega-3. You can learn more about the healthy fats in omega-3 here.
Omega-6 is also a group of polyunsaturated fatty acids, several of which cannot be produced by the body itself but must be supplemented via the diet. The omega-6 fatty acids are needed for the formation of cells and for the normal function of the brain, amongst other things. GLA and CLA are omega-6 fatty acids.
Omega-9 are monounsaturated fatty acids that our bodies can produce themselves. Despite this, we need to get omega-9 through our diet and the most common omega-9 fatty acid is oleic acid, which is found in olives and olive oil, among other things.
Within this category you will find many different sources of the different fatty acids - there is something to suit everyone.