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Why Is Omega-3 Called the Good Fat?

Did you know not all fats are bad for us? Take omega-3 fatty acids, for instance. It’s one of the good types that offer wonderful benefits to our body. This nutrient can lower the risk of arthritis, dementia, depression and heart disease. Since our body isn’t naturally producing it, we derive these fatty acids from the food we eat or from taking supplements.

Omega-3 fatty acids can come in a variety of forms. However, the most common ones are found in fish, which are called EPA and DHA; these omega-3 types provide the strongest benefits to the body. ALA is another form of omega-3, which is found in walnuts, flaxseed, vegetable oils and dark leafy vegetables.

So how does omega-3 fend off diseases? First off, these fatty acids stop inflammation in the blood vessels. As its healing effects progress, omega-3 also lowers the risk of abnormal heart rhythms, reduces the level of blood fats and minimizes the buildup of plaque in the blood vessels.

According to the American Heart Association, the daily recommended intake of EPA and DHA is 1 gram for people diagnosed with heart disease. Fish rich in omega-3 is highly recommended; top choices include sardines, mackerel, salmon, herring and tuna. Taking a fish oil capsule is also recommended to meet the daily intake requirement.

Omega-3 fatty acids have a stabilizing effect on the cardiovascular system. They protect the heart and blood vessels from inflammation, resulting in fewer heart attacks and heart disease. They also lower blood pressure and bring down triglyceride levels.

Can you believe omega-3 is also helpful at suppressing joint pain and stiffness? These fatty acids are an ideal pair with anti-inflammatory drugs at addressing rheumatoid arthritis. They may also help with depression and ADHD.

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