Omega-3 fatty acids for health and weight loss

One of the smallest but most profound changes you can make in your day to day life is to begin taking omega-3 fatty acids regularly. In fact, they are one of the most well documented beneficial nutrients we know of. They boost brain health as well as immune system and lung function. They can even help alleviate depression.

Healthy fats that are rich in omega-3s are indeed an integral part of being a healthy human. Studies show that they are beneficial to whole-body health, and in a recent study in The Journal of Nutrition, they also help to prevent and reduce body fat. Conversely, omega-6 fatty acids (usually found in fried, fatty foods) can lead to weight gain. Balancing out omega-6s and omega-3s may be a promising method towards stabilizing healthy weights.

One question many people have is, what is the best source? Natural sources like fatty fish like salmon or grass-fed beef are truly the best sources, though it can still be difficult to reach the suggested amount through food alone. Many people choose to supplement their intake so they can receive the most benefit from omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed oil tends to be quite popular, but plant sources of omega-3 differ from animal sources and are absorbed less efficiently. Your best bet is really fish oil, as it contains all the valuable parts of the omega-3 fatty acid in a much more bioavailable form.


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