IS IMPORTANT TO YOUR HEALTH
Tara Gidus Collingwood | December 19, 2017
Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential in all of the body’s cells, especially in the brain (30 percent of brain weight is omega-3s). Omega-3s
provide many health benefits, including protecting the brain and heart, reducing inflammation and aiding in recovery.
There are three main types of omega-3s: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
Eicosapentaenoic Acid and Docosahexaenoic Acid: Found in fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, herring and mackerel, these are the most absorbable forms of omega-3s. EPA
repairs brain tissue, reduces inflammation, and supports mood and focus; DHA is essential for brain development, cellular structure, and function.
Alpha-Linolenic Acid: Found in flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp and walnuts, our body can convert the omega-3s in these food sources to EPA and DHA. However, it’s difficult to
measure how much actually gets converted and if it’s sufficient.
Speeds recovery post workout and with injury
Lowers risk of overuse injury
Improves joint mobility and flexibility
Promotes healthy immune response
Reduces muscle soreness
Improves blood flow and oxygen delivery to active muscle
Lowers risk of concussion