Useful Information About Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Srikanth R By Srikanth R, 24th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This article provides a brief description of Omega-3 fatty acids. It includes information about symptoms, sources and health benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids belong to the family of poly unsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). They are essential for the normal health and growth of human body. Omega-3 fatty acids are not produced by the human body. These have to be included in the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids play a large role in preventing cardiovascular diseases. They provide relief to people suffering from circulatory ailments like varicose veins. They also improve immunity and are good for the brain (memory and performance). Some experts are of the opinion that they are good for rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, diabetes and cancer. They also reduce inflammation. They play an important role in keeping the nervous system healthy.

People suffering from Omega-3 fatty acids display symptoms like poor memory, dry skin, depression and fatigue.

One of the main sources of Omega-3 fatty acids is fish. Cold water oily fish like salmon, herring, sardines, mackerel, etc are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Krill, green lipped mussel, trout, halibut, eggs, meat and seal oil are other rich sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.

People preferring vegetarian food can obtain Omega-3 fatty acids by consuming flax (linseed) oil. Purslane (also known as pigweed) is another rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Butternuts, perilla, hempseed, Persian walnuts, chia, lingonberry (cowberry), camelina (gold-of-pleasure), black raspberry, pecan nuts and hazel nuts are other vegetarian sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. Milk and cheese obtained from grass fed cows are very good sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Diet should be planned in such a way that the body gets sufficient quantities of Omega-3 fatty acids.


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author avatar Rathnashikamani
26th Feb 2011 (#)

Very healthy ideas to keep fit and energyzed.

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