The Vital importance of Omega 3

Omega-3 fatty acids have been always been vital for maintaining good health, and the benefits of Omega-3 are almost innumerable. From brain function, to inflammatory diseases, to skin conditions, even all the way to cancer; Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be beneficial for almost everything.  But unfortunately, most people are either not getting enough Omega-3, or they are taking it incorrectly.

Recent studies have shown that a major predictor for heart disease is your Omega-3 to Omega-6  tissue ratio. The more Omega-3 in your body, and the less Omega-6, the more protected your health becomes. Unfortunately, there are only a few foods whose Omega-3 content outweighs its Omega-6 content. Flaxseeds and fish tend to be the best source of Omega-3, but are we eating enough? If not, it’s extremely important to supplement with Omega -3 oil.

So what is the right supplement? It turns out that the most important Omega-3 fatty acids are DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid). DHA and EPA in high concentrations are what give your body the balance it needs. It is important to take at least 3 grams of DHA/EPA per day. That’s 3,000 milligrams. When looking at your supplement, read the label to see how much EPA/DHA you’re actually getting.
It’s also important to make sure that your Omega-3 oils aren’t oxidised.  Oxidisation is the process by which oxygen breaks down the molecules to the point where they are no longer useful. Signs of oxidisation in Omega-3 oil are a fishy smell, excessive burping, and acid reflux. If you have any of those symptoms, chances are your oil is oxidised.
Some people prefer capsules and some people prefer tablets, either way, make sure you get your 3 grams daily to keep yourself healthy and fit.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition September 2012; 96(3):498-507
Circulation Journal January 2012; 76:2:423-429

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