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Benefits of Omega 3

Omega 3 contain essential fatty acids DHA & EPA. These important fatty acids are abundant in the brain and help a number of functions in the body.

DHA supports normal:

🧠 Brain function

During Pregnancy and Early Life

Omega-3s are crucial for brain growth and development in infants.

DHA accounts for 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids in your brain and 60% in the retina of your eye (1, 2).

Therefore, it’s no surprise that infants fed a DHA-fortified formula have better eyesight than infants fed a formula without it (3).

Getting enough omega-3s during pregnancy is associated with numerous benefits for your child, including (4, 5,6):

    • Higher intelligence
  • Better communication and social skills
  • Fewer behavioral problems
  • Decreased risk of developmental delay
  • Decreased risk of ADHD, autism and cerebral palsy

Omega-3s Can Reduce Symptoms of ADHD in Children

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral disorder characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity (7).

Several studies note that children with ADHD have lower blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids than their healthy peers (8, 9).

What’s more, numerous studies observe that omega-3 supplements can reduce the symptoms of ADHD.

Omega-3s help improve inattention and task completion. They also decrease hyperactivity, impulsiveness, restlessness and aggression (10, 11, 12, 13).

Recently, researchers observed that fish oil supplements were one of the most promising treatments for ADHD (14).

Omega-3s Can Fight Age-Related Mental Decline and Alzheimer’s Disease

A decline in brain function is one of the unavoidable consequences of aging.

Several studies link higher omega-3 intake to decreased age-related mental decline and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease (15, 16, 17).

One review of controlled studies suggests that omega-3 supplements may be beneficial at disease onset, when the symptoms of AD are very mild (18).

Keep in mind that more research is needed on omega-3s and brain health.

👁 Vision

An omega-3 fatty acid called DHA is a major
structural component of your eyes’ retinas. It may help prevent macular
degeneration, which can cause vision impairment and blindness.

 ♥️ DHA & EPA contribute to the normal function of the heart

Heart attacks and strokes are the world’s leading causes of death (19).

Decades ago, researchers observed that fish-eating communities had very low rates of these diseases. This was later linked to omega-3 consumption (20, 21).

Since then, omega-3 fatty acids have been tied to numerous benefits for heart health (22).

These benefits address:

  • Triglycerides:
    Omega-3s can cause a major reduction in triglycerides, usually in the range of 15–30% (23, 24, 25).
  • Blood pressure:
    Omega-3s can reduce blood pressure levels in people with high blood pressure (26, 27).
  • “Good” HDL cholesterol:
    Omega-3s can raise “good” HDL cholesterol levels (28, 29, 30).
  • Blood clots: Omega-3s can keep blood platelets from clumping together. This helps prevent the formation of harmful
    blood clots (31, 32).
  • Plaque: By keeping your arteries smooth and free from damage, omega-3s help prevent the plaque that can restrict and harden your arteries (33, 34).
  • Inflammation: Omega-3s reduce the production of some substances released during your body’s inflammatory response (35, 36,37).

For some people, omega-3s can also lower “bad” LDL cholesterol. However, evidence is mixed — some studies find increases in LDL (38, 39).

Despite these beneficial effects on heart disease risk factors, there is no convincing evidence that omega-3 supplements can prevent heart attacks or strokes. Many studies find no benefit (40, 41).

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