Our body needs essential fatty acids like Omega-3, but since it cannot make them on its own, it’s vital to consume the `good fats’ through food.¬†
Avoid Omega-3 supplements and instead pick foods enriched with it for its health benefits, suggests Simran Saini, nutritionist and weight loss consultant, Fortis Hospital, Khaleej Times reported.
Benefits for Children
Omega-3 is a critical ingredient of brain health and its low levels in the body are associated with poorer reading and memory.¬†It is essential for cognitive development of children. Children born to mothers who took Omega-3 supplements during pregnancy and breast feeding, score higher on cognitive tests compared to others.¬†
It is proven to benefit eye health, especially infant vision development, by helping the retinal function.¬†It has been found to be useful for children and teenagers suffering from asthma, attention-deficit disorder and depression.
Benefits for Adults
Omega-3 is beneficial for the heart and can substantially reduce chances of stroke or heart failure. It also decrease the risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead to sudden death.¬†It seems to lower the chances of developing certain types of cancer.¬†It is good for memory and benefits people suffering from depression or dementia.¬†
Societies which eat a diet rich in Omega-3 have a much lower incidence of depression.¬†Omega-3 is effective in reducing cholesterol levels. It regulates the amount of bad fat (triglycerides) circulating in the blood, reducing the risk of heart disease.¬†It improves blood circulation and oxygen absorption. It helps curb stiffness and joint pain in patients of rheumatoid arthritis. -APP