Omega-3 have been in the news quite a bit lately.
Not that researchers are discovering just how good they are for us it is, is that people are increasingly aware of how healthy it is. .
Recently, the American Heart Association has written a study called “fish consumption, fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids and cardiovascular disease
the omega-3 have been shown in epidemiological and clinical trials to reduce the incidence of CVD (cardiovascular disease) evidence from prospective secondary prevention studies suggests that supplements of EPA + DHA ranging from 0.5 to 1.8 g / d (either as fatty fish or supplements) significantly reduced the subsequent cardiac and all-cause mortality.
the statement went on to note that the Omega -3 may also:
- triglycerides decrease
- lower blood pressure
- improve cholesterol by increasing HDL and decreased LDL,
- improve endothelial function
- reduce blood clotting
- stroke and decreased risk heart failure
- reduce cardiac arrhythmias
- reduce inflammation that can damage layer of the arteries that can lead to atherosclerosis.
As discussed will notice your research fish oil.
What many people have become increasingly being turned into vegetable sources of omega-3.
Oh that just will not be cut because not all Omega-3 are the same
You may not know but there are three types of Omega-3.
They are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
ALA is found in most vegetarian products, things like flax, hemp, chia, pumpkin, etc.
And your body does not really know what to do with ALA. What we want to do is take and then convert ALA into EPA and DHA.
But you can not.
Indeed, in the process of conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA you might actually lose DHA … which is obviously not beneficial in the long run.
Now the other two, DHA and EPA are usable forms of Omega-3 your body depends on and are usually only found in animal products. T
If you look back in the studio see that refers specifically to EPA and DHA and consumption of fish oil and fish.
Now you can also get EPA and DHA from other animal sources (such as meat raised grazing, eggs, wild game) but mostly the only way to get them is if you eat animals that have been ALA and then became EPA and DHA themselves.
Hence the reason of fish oils and frequent advice to eat more fish.
BUT, what scientists have recently discovered that there is actually a vegetarian source of EPA and DHA.
Care to guess what it could be?
phytoplankton and microalgae … exactly what many fish are fed daily.
So what does that mean to you?
Nothing really if you like to eat meat.
However, for vegetarians and vegans that is good news because it means they can now rely on vegetarian sources of Omega-3.
Businesses have already gone through the process of creating supplements of EPA and DHA using both phytoplankton and microalgae.
So if you want to keep your meat intake down, want not depend on fish oil and is trying to be healthy, you’re lucky.