3 has many health
benefits and it is only during the last few years that we have heard
about the numerous benefits of Omega 3 talked about and researched.
Plus, it has been supplemented in the foods we eat on a daily basis
including milk, eggs, cereals,
yoghurt and many others!
Many of the benefits derived from consuming Omega 3 has been mentioned
through various media outlets over the years, but in this article I am
going to list them and I am
going to tie them in to how these benefits have affected my health. So
it's is basically a user's view, my views of this supplement.
Sources of Omega 3
Omega 3 comes from many sources, but the most familiar and most easily
attainable in our diets is from fresh or frozen fish. Different fish
contain different quantities and quality of Omega 3. You can also
consume Omega 3 through supplements in the form or fish oil or
capsules. There are other sources of this supplement including flax
seed and some forms of seaweed. My preference is to eat fish
occasionally but to supplement my diet daily with the recommended
dosage of fish supplements. My favorite supplement is Jamieson Omega 3
Select because it contains Omega 3 from sardines and anchovies caught
somewhere off the coast of the cold, fresh waters of Antartica or the
southern tip of South America (per their TV commercial) and their
product is tested to contain no traces of heavy metals, PCBs, dioxin,
mercury or lead.
I have also heard that the Omega 3
from seals is the best source of all of them, probably one of the
reasons the Inuit in northern Canada manage to stay healthy during the
winter. My only concern is of the amount of contaminants that can
accumulate over the years in the tissue of the seals. This will
probably get more attention in the coming years, ethically good
or bad, but I am not going to go there with this article. Ethical
issues are always the choice of an individual!
What are some of the benefits of Omega 3?
The biggest benefit that I feel you will obtain is that it
boosts your immune system, so you feel healthier and stronger. If you
do by chance get a cold or flu, I find that by taking
the recommended number of Omega 3 capsules, it will help you to fight
off the severity and duration
of colds or flus. There is an optimal number of capsules that you
should consume based on your weight and the recommended dosage as per
the manufacturer. Through trial and error based on usage you
can determine this out and you
will rarely succumb to a cold or flu. It could be at the recommended
dosage or 1 capsule less and they should be consumed with your meals
for maximum absorption.
Increases Energy Levels
Tied in with being an immune system booster, I find that it increases
my energy levels and my strength too. The reason that I think this is
case is that since it boosts your overall immune system, you feel
healthier, more positive and stronger. Where I see the big advantage of
Omega 3 in my diet is at the gym. Not only do I feel more energetic,
but I feel a lot stronger. Therefore I can accomplish more during my
training workouts. Plus it helps me
get through those dark, cold and brutal winters!
Latest research shows that by consuming Omega 3 can slow down the
aging process. Many of the reasons can be attributable to the reasons
below but of course other factors do play into this as well as eating
properly and exercise.
Keeps Skin Soft
Since I have been using Omega 3 consistently, I have found that in
winter my skin is not as dry and consequently I do not have to use skin
moisturizers as often.
Supposed to prevent or limit acne, but I have found no indication of
this but for you it may help.
Helps to Lose Weight
One of the best natural supplements combined with regular exercise and
eating habits (proper nutrition) to
lose weight attributable to the fact that it boosts you metabolism and
I find that my memory is excellent and at times has improved but this
could also be due to the fact that I feel young and strong even at the
age of 48!
It helps to reduce harmful cholesterol (contains Serum Triglycerides)
and possibly prevent heart disease.
There are other benefits too, but these ones are the main ones and the
most important ones.
Like I said earlier, the best way to consume Omega 3 is by eating fish
or taking supplements.
Stick to smaller fish since larger fish will contain more or higher
mercury and other contaminants. Sardines and anchovies are probably the
best source of Omega 3 for you. If
you are not sure about the level of mercury in fish let me offer you
this suggestion. Find out where the fish was caught or the country of
origin. By this I mean, some waters
where fish can be caught may be more polluted than others. Personally,
I would stay away from fish caught offshore from China. If
you’ve seen pictures of the Yangtze River, you will know what
For the days you don’t eat fish, take the recommended number
of Omega 3
capsules daily (as indicated on the label) and make sure that these
Omega 3 from contaminant--free sources and are from a reputable dietary
Personally I don’t go out and buy foods that contain Omega 3
because they tend to be a lot more expensive for the marginal amount of
Omega 3 that it may contain! I prefer just takin quality supplements
and occasionally eating fish.
These are just my opinions on Omega 3 and how it has benefited my
health. I am no doctor but from what I have seen after using Omega 3 on
a regular basis over the last 2 years, this supplement has a lot of
benefits at a very reasonable dollar price and it should not be ignored
or avoided. At this time, some
governments and medical organizations around
the world have endorsed the benefits of Omega 3, while others feel more
study and research is needed.