This wonderful nutrient is thought to help everything from skin and hair health to depression and heart health. We find out the benefits of omega-3.
We’ve all heard of omega-3 and we all know we should be including it in our diet but few of us really understand what it is, how much we need and where to get it from. Omega-3 is an essential fatty acid, which means our bodies need it to complete important functions and as we don’t produce it in our bodies we must get it from our diet. The health benefits of omega-3 have been claimed to help inflammation of blood vessels and joints, depression, heart health and it’s also worth upping your intake if you want radiant hair and skin. However, it is very important to note that in the last 6 months studies have been carried out that do not support omega 3 for heart health and have linked taking omega-3 supplements to prostate cancer.
If you have not been directed by your doctor to take supplements, there is absolutely no reason you can’t get all the omega-3 you need by eating the right things. Omega-3 is found in oily fish, such as sardines, mackerel, salmon and fresh tuna, it is also found in vegetable sources such as flax seeds. Government guidelines on nhs.uk recommend easting a source of oily fish once a week, but no more than twice a week for women and four times a week for men. You must also avoid tuna if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to have a baby due to the levels of mercury in the fish. To get some omega in your diet this week simply try grilling some mackerel fillets and serving with a spicy salsa, or stirring some ground flaxseed into your morning granola.
Disclaimer: Always seek advice from your doctor before taking any supplements or embarking on a new diet regime.