Seven healthy reasons to include Omega-3 in your diet

485260533-240x240Our body needs essential fatty acids like Omega-3, but since it cannot make them on its own, it’s vital to consume the ‘good fats’ through food.

Avoid Omega-3 supplements and instead pick foods enriched with it for its health benefits, suggests Simran Saini, nutritionist and weight loss consultant, Fortis Hospital:

Benefits for Children

* Omega-3 is a critical ingredient of brain health and its low levels in the body are associated with poorer reading and memory.

* It is essential for cognitive development of children. Children born to mothers who took Omega-3 supplements during pregnancy and breastfeeding, score higher on cognitive tests compared to others.

* It is proven to benefit eye health, especially infant vision development, by helping the retinal function

* It has been found to be useful for children and teenagers suffering from asthma, attention-deficit disorder and depression.

Benefits for Adults

* Omega-3 is beneficial for the heart and can substantially reduce chances of stroke or heart failure. It also decrease the risk of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats), which can lead to sudden death.

* It seems to lower the chances of developing certain types of cancer.

* It is good for memory and benefits people suffering from depression or dementia.

* Societies which eat a diet rich in Omega-3 have a much lower incidence of depression.

* Omega-3 is effective in reducing cholesterol levels. It regulates the amount of bad fat (triglycerides) circulating in the blood, reducing the risk of heart disease

* It improves blood circulation and oxygen absorption.

* It helps curb stiffness and joint pain in patients of rheumatoid arthritis.

Source: IANS
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