Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats are good fats known as polyunsaturated fats. Omega 3’s have a positive effect on your health and can benefit your attempts at weight loss, but many American’s don’t get enough of these beneficial essential fats. Omega 3 fats help to reduce inflammation of cells, reduce insulin resistance, and improve brain function. They can even boost mood and energy levels.
Inflammation was recently labeled “The Secret Killer” by Time Magazine because of the quiet effects of inflammation in our bodies. Inflammation in the body can create pain in joints, digestive issues, depression, as well as many other systemic conditions. Digestive inflammation can cause us to not be able to absorb nutrients that our bodies need forcing our bodies to hold on to other components in hopes of getting those nutrients but actually causing us to gain weight. Omega 3 fats actually combat this inflammation by converting to good prostaglandins that reduce inflammation, pain, and allergic responses in our bodies.
Omega 3 fats help to stabilize sugars and reduce insulin, making it easier to burn fat. Less sugar in the blood also reduces the hunger pangs in our stomach, allowing us to eat less and in turn, aiding in the pursuit of weight loss. Omega 3 supplementation has been shown to increase the omega 3 content of skeletal muscle lipids which affect whole-body energy metabolism by stimulating the blood sugar uptake and reducing insulin resistance and insulin levels.
Optimal brain function is dependent on omega 3 fats, specifically DHA- a fatty acid found in high concentrations in the gray matter of the brain. The DHA found in omega 3 is essential for the communication abilities between brain cells. Without adequate amounts of these fatty acids, brain function diminishes and communication between the cells is hindered. Low levels of DHA in the brain have been linked to memory loss, depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, autism, and even general bad moods.
In today’s world most people get plenty of omega 6 through their diets from corn, soy, and other oils found in processed foods. Many people are lacking the needed omega 3 that is found in oily fish, flax seed, hemp seed and walnuts. It has only been since the 20th century that our diets have become increasingly lacking in this vital nutrient, coincidentally at the same time we have begun to see a rise in the number of cases of diabetes, mental health issues, and increased weight concerns in the United States. Omega 3 supplements are a great addition to a healthy diet. In order to get most bang for your buck when taking omega 3 supplements keep in mind that diets high in simple sugars and fructose decreased the effectiveness of the omega 3 benefits.