The Benefits of Omega-3 on the Body

Omega-3s are polyunsaturated fatty acids and are also known as essential fatty acids. The body cannot manufacture them and absolutely requires them. The only way to obtain omega-3 is through nutrition.

The role of omega-3

Every year, numerous studies are carried out to determine and verify the real impact of omega-3 on the body.

Omega-3 plays many roles, first of all by helping to prevent cardiovascular disease and incidents such as heart attack and stroke.

Omega-3 also has a beneficial effect on skin hydration and the brain. The brain requires a sufficient level of omega-3 to function properly. This is why, omega-3 also plays a key role during pregnancy and nursing as well as the first months of an infant’s life. They can help the foetus develop properly and are essential to an infant’s growth.

Where can I find omega-3?

Omega-3 can be found in products of both plant and animal origin as well as in micro-algae (which is neither plant nor animal).

The products of plant origin containing omega-3 are mainly oils. Fish, particularly oily fish, are high in omega-3. Shellfish and many green vegetables are also foods to favour for their high omega-3 content and are easy to add to your daily diet.

Omega 6, omega 3: which is which?

Just like omega-3s, omega-6s are fatty acids essential to the proper functioning of the body and are basically found in food. They make up part of the cell membrane and play a role in many biological responses, including hormonal and immune.

The recommended daily intake is about 3% of the total calories ingested for omega-6 and 0.5% for omega-3.

This ratio, however, is being followed less and less: while consumption of omega-3 has decreased overall, we are increasingly consuming products containing trans fats, including soy, sunflower and corn oils, which are high in omega-6.

An important balance between omega-3 and omega-6

A higher omega-6/omega-3 ratio is detrimental to health. In fact, numerous studies have shown that an increased intake might predispose individuals to inflammatory diseases and increase the risk of other diseases, including:

  • cardiovascular disease
  • diabetes
  • obesity
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • asthma

Omega 6s tend to have a pro-inflammatory effect on the body and we know that persistent inflammation is at the root of many chronic illnesses. In addition to this, omega-6s compete with omega-3s, which, on the contrary, have an anti-inflammatory effect. If there is too much omega-6, it takes over, to the detriment of omega-3, and biological responses become imbalanced.

As you can understand, it is very important to rebalance our omega-6/omega-3 ratio by consuming more omega-3 on a daily basis for the sake of our health and our family’s health. Doux Fitlife Chicken helps with this essential rebalancing: a 120-gram serving of Doux Fitlife Chicken corresponds to 30% of the daily recommended intake of omega-3. 

In any case, you should not forget that balanced diet plays an important role in making good health and that your body also needs to be fit, physically and mentally. For that, exercise and meditation is equally essential as balanced diet.