Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of fat that the body is unable to produce on its own. They are also an essential fat, which means that we need it to survive. We therefore must get our necessary Omega-3s from the foods we eat. Fish in particular are the best source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

How do Omega-3s help improve my health? 

It is widely-known that Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can improve cardiovascular health and help reduce the risk of heart disease. They offer plenty of other heart-healthy benefits as well, including:

  1. Reduced risk of blood clots
  2. Keeping the lining of the arteries smooth and free of damage that can lead to buildup of plaque
  3. Lowering triglyceride levels by slowing the rate they form in the liver
  4. Decreasing inflammation by slowing the production of substances released during the body’s inflammatory response

At the same time, Omega-3 fatty acids offer a host of additional health benefits beyond the heart. Here are some of the most powerful benefits of Omega-3 for your body and brain:

  1. The Omega-3 EPA (eicosapentaeonic acid) found in fish has been proven to help fight depression and anxiety
  2. Getting enough Omega-3 DHA (docosahexaeonoic acid), which is also found in fish, has been linked to a reduced risk of macular degeneration – a leading cause of permanent eye damage and blindness.
  3. Omega-3 DHA is crucial for brain growth and development in infants, and getting enough of those fatty acids during pregnancy and early life can help promote brain health and lowers the risk of developmental diseases.
  4. Omega-3s are said to have numerous benefits for people with metabolic syndrome, and can help reduce insulin resistance, fight inflammation, and raise the levels of HDL, or the ‘good’ cholesterol.
  5. Studies have shown that Omega-3s can also improve bone strength and joint health, potentially reducing your risk of osteoporosis and arthritis.

In order to gain your full-recommended amount of Omega-3 fatty acids, the American Heart Association recommends at least two servings of fish each week. This should include a variety of fish. Cold-water fish such as mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines and herring contain the highest amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. Maxifoods offers a wide selection of both fresh and frozen fish and seafood. See our fish selection here (link).