Are you one of the 75% of the UK population who doesn't eat oily fish?
You could be starving your body of life-giving 'good' fats.
Pharma Nord's expert nutritionist Babi Chana BSc Nut Med talks about the health benefits of 'good' omega 3 fats. We're always told to cut down on fat in our diet. Is this bad advice? It's not bad advice, it's just too simplistic. There are bad fats and good fats. 95% of the population are lacking the good, essential fats that keep us healthy. Despite the bad press that fats have received, fat-phobias and the popularity of low-fat diets, obesity has doubled since the 80's. In fact, almost half the population is overweight! In the younger generation, this will become more deadly than smoking. But it's preventable.
Tell us more about the essential fats
Health degenerates from a lack of essential nutrients can be caused by imbalanced diets and whole foods that become over-refined and loaded with additives. Our body takes in food, water, air and light to maintain and rebuild us. We are what we eat. Sadly now, many of us are consuming sugars and processed foods instead of fresh fish, nuts, seeds, fruit and veg. A major factor contributing to widespread disease patterns is the deficiency of a group of essential fats, in particular, omega 3 (commonly understood as fish oils). We just don't get enough of this stuff.
Why are omega 3 fats so important?
They are termed essential fats because the body can't make them for itself, but they are vital for our survival from conception, through breastfeeding, childhood and growing older. Omega 3 intake is poor in the UK as we don't eat enough oily fish – the most potent source.
Did you know that the brain is composed of over 60% fats? Over one-third of these are essential fats, particularly the omega 3 fats found in fish oil. This is why our grandmothers always say 'fish is good for the brain'.
Is your child one of the French-fry generation? These kids are gravely undernourished and have heads full of noxious fats and not enough essential fats like omega3. This can lead to poor brain function and behavioural problems. ADHD, autism, dyslexia and hyperactivity, depression and violence are common and on the rise. In Japan, consumption of omega 3 and intelligence is high, while their rates of depression remain among the lowest in the world.
So omega 3 fats are brain food! Is that all?
They do so much more! Research shows that daily omega 3 intake (equivalent to at least 1000mg of fish oil) may help improve;
- Protect the heart
- Reduce blood clotting
- Reduce blood pressure
- Optimise immune function
- Relieve tiredness
- Regulate response to pain and inflammation (joints)
- Protect our cells
- Keep skin healthy (psoriasis) and;
- So much more...
There are over 12,500 published studies on omega3!
But I just can't stand the taste of oily fish. How else can I get more omega 3?
You're not alone. Lots of us shun oily fish because of the taste or because we worry about the toxins. If you don't consume wild salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines or fresh tuna, you could consider flax seeds. However, they are lower in omega 3 than oily fish.
You should also take a quality fish oil capsule each day (such as Bio-Fish Oil) to keep your omega 3 topped up. Pure fish oil from the flesh of the fish is better than liver oil as it is cleaner and more natural to eat. Some supplements have a natural fruit flavour and are easy to swallow or chew.
Take in around 1000-4000mg of fish oil a day. This should contain 300-1200mg of omega-3 fats (DHA and EPA). Avoid fish oil supplements in jars as the oil can turn rancid and the capsules get sticky - choose blister packs instead. Omega 3 Fish Oil supplements from Pharma Nord ticks all these boxes.
- 95% of us don't get enough essential fats and 75% don't eat oily fish.Fish oil is the best source of omega 3
- The brain is over 60% fat, with a high omega 3 content
- Adequate omega 3 helps the heart, brain, vision, joints, skin, immunity and more
- There are over 12,500 scientific study on omega 3
- If you don't eat oily fish, high quality supplements will help restore your omega 3 balance