Omega supplementation is “all the rage” these days! Why are more people turning to omega? In addition, Should you be taking an Omega supplement? I will highlight these two very important questions and offer advice if you seek an omega supplement to compliment your diet. So, let’s dive in!
Every cell of our body contains a "Lipid bilayer", which is a fatty layer, requiring both EHA and DHA. Both of these fatty acids are found in omega supplementation, fatty fish and fish oils. They are also known to play an important role in heart and brain health in addition to overall human development. Because most people do not eat enough fish and/or fish oil to meet the EHA and DHA demand of our bodies, an omega supplement is an important addition to any diet. ALA is another essential fatty acid that our body can convert into DHA and EHA and is found in food sources, such as walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, canola oil, soybeans and soybean oil. However, as a result of our Western diet which is lacking in many essential minerals and nutrients including chromium, selenium and magnesium, it becomes difficult for the body to convert ALA to DHA and EHA.
Research shows that those with depression and mild cases of memory loss benefit from taking omega 3 fatty acid supplementation. I recommend that all my clients, especially those who experience depression and memory loss, choose an Omega 3 supplement. For some, the results have been dramatic. Research also suggests that children of mothers whom consume an omega supplement while pregnant test higher on intelligence in early childhood. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for overall brain health throughout one’s life.
What to choose?
If you decide to add in an Omega supplement to your diet, I highly recommend you do your research and find a non-fish-based omega. Sourcing fish from our oceans in an unsustainable practice, as our oceans are becoming overfished and polluted. Fish do not produce Omegas! Algae and plants do! Going right to the source allows you to help preserve our oceans biodiversity as well as eliminate the toxic buildup in your body.
Secondly, most omega supplements undergo a heat process during encapsulation. These heat and light process' are very damaging and can cause your oil to become rancid. Look for a cold pressed option where as the essential enzymes have not been compromised.
Lastly, be sure to clean up your diet! Without a proper diet based around nature (I am talking fruits and veggies here), no omega supplement will be as beneficial. Enjoy!
I’d love to hear from you. Do you take an Omega supplement? If so, what are some things you look for when picking out which you will add into your diet?