The Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

The Importance of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Whether you’re a health nut or not, you’ve probably heard omega-3 fatty acids are vital to our health. Not only are they vital, they also deliver some incredible health benefits. Before we explain why they’re vital and their benefits, let’s cover the fundamentals. Don’t worry, we’ll keep it simple!
 

What Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids are a family of important polyunsaturated fats (poly meaning many).
 
The three most important types are:
  • ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) – found in plants such as leafy greens, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.
  • DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) – found in marine plants, fatty fish, and fish oil.
  • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) – like DHA, they’re found in marine plants, fatty fish, and fish oil.

Since our bodies can’t produce omega-3s, they’re referred to as “essential fats”, meaning you have to get them from your diet. Over half the North American population is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, largely due to our westernized diet.

  
Dr Tobias Health Tip: It’s important to note the EPA to DHA ratio when purchasing omega-3 fish oil supplements. We developed our Omega-3 Fish Oil with the optimal absorption-aiding ratio of EPA to DHA (800 mg to 600 mg) so you get the most out of every dose.

What About Omega-6 and 9?

Omega-6 and 9 fatty acids are also important dietary fats. However, omega-6 is needed in much smaller amounts. In a westernized diet, omega-6 intake is extremely high in comparison to omega-3 which can cause inflammation.
 
Foods high in Omega-6 include:

  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds (cashews, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds)
  • Processed cheese
  • Store bought salad dressings and mayonnaise
  • Vegetable oils (canola, corn, safflower, soybean)
  • Foods made with oils high in omega-6 (fast food, chips, snacks, etc.)
 Omega-9s aren’t “essential” as they’re produced by your body and are the most abundant fats in majority of our cells.
 

Why Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids Vital?

Omega-3s play a significant role in the development of cell membranes. DHA is arguably the most vital out of the omega-3 fatty acid family. It’s a key structural component of your brain, the retina of your eyes, and numerous other body parts. Without DHA, these body parts wouldn’t function properly.
 
Both omega-3 and omega-6 are used by your body to produce signalling molecules called eicosanoids. Eicosanoids are essential for inflammatory response and regulating blood clots.
 

Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Not only does your body need them to function at optimal levels, they provide a load of additional health benefits. Here’s a list of 10 science-based benefits:
  1. Helps prevent depression and anxiety
  2. Can improve eye health
  3. Promotes brain health
  4. Can fight inflammation
  5. Helps reduce fat in your liver
  6. Can improve bone and joint health
  7. May improve sleep
  8. Can alleviate menstrual pain
  9. Great for healthy-looking skin
  10. Can help lower blood pressure
 

The bottom Line

Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for optimal health. If you’re not regularly consuming fatty fish, we highly recommend taking an omega 3 fish oil supplement. It’s the best way to ensure robust omega-3 intake.
 
Our Omega 3 Fish Oil contains 2,000 mg of fish oil with the optimal absorption-aiding ratio of EPA to DHA. It’s sourced from fresh, non-GMO, wild-caught fish. Forbes also rated our fish oil as number one in highest quality and number six in best value for fish oil supplements on the market. The best part? We guarantee NO fishy aftertaste or fish burps!