Recent passtime? Researching nutrition deficiencies. (I know, I live an exciting life.)
But one thing is blatantly obvious:
NO ONE is getting enough omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Don't freak out, there's an easy solution.
A whopping 95% of our population is deficient in essential fats. This is mainly due to our highly processed, Westernized diet. Because of the high intake of trans fats (think Twinkies) and omega-6's (think vegetable oil), this leaves little room for omega-3's to be absorbed into the body. Not to mention, Omega-3's are simply less prominent in our American diets because we don't eat as much wild game as we used to, including FISH.
Just so you know...
There are 3 sub categories of Omega-3's.
ex: fish oil, algae
ex: flax, walnuts
In this article, I am going to focus on the first two.
me with my monster horse pills
So what supplement do we all need to take?
A philosophical deduction: Algae is rich in Omega-3's. Fish eat algae. Therefore, fish are rich in Omega-3's.
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WHY IS FISH OIL THE BOMB?
It will make your heart happy.
Higher levels of Omega-3's have been proven to lower the risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Part of the reason for this are it's anti-inflammatory qualities.
It will make your brain happy.
Literally. Omega-3's, specifically DHA, is responsible for healthy cognitive development in babies. DHA aids in the distribution of serotonin within the brain. Because of this, it can boost mood, combat mental illnesses like depression, and has been linked to Alzheimer's prevention.
It can boost your immune system.
Omega-3's help you fight illnesses and healthy levels help you fight off colds and heal wounds quicker!
It can boost your metabolism.
DHA and EPA help feed your muscles by carrying more nutrients to them. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST! Omega-3's LITERALLY will BOOST your metabolism because it increases a fat-burning enzyme in your body.
Best forms of Fish Oil?
Fish oil, whether supplement or liquid (careful, liquid causes some gross fishy burping) from wild caught mackerel, anchovie, sardine, herring.
When should you take Fish Oil?
To aid in absorption and avoid indigestion, you should take fish oil with your post-workout meal, which should be the largest meal of the day.
Fish Oil should be used with caution when combined with:
• Blood thinning medication (e.g. Warfarin and Coumadin)
• Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g. ibuprofen and aspirin)
• Blood pressure medication