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Dr. Richard Isaacson

Omega Oils: The Key to Whole Body Vitality?

Everyday in the news, online, or perhaps whichever newspaper we read, we’re told that such and such a food is good for us, that we should stop drinking tea, coffee beer or red wine or that something that last week could potentially be disastrous for our systems is now the latest wonder food. It can leave you wondering just exactly what is safe and what isn’t! However, there are a certain group of supplements which always seem to be in favour with those in the know and they are Omega Oils. Here’s the low-down on just exactly why they’re so good for us and what they actually do!

What is an Omega Oil?

An Omega Oil is one that is belongs to a group of supplements called “Essential Fatty Acids” or EFAs. They typically come in three different types, Omega 3, 6 or 9:

Omega 3 is also known as alpha-linoleic acid.

Omega 6 is also known as linoleic acid

Omega 9 is the “least” essential of all three. Of all of the Omega oils this is the one we, as humans, make the most of naturally in our bodies and through our diet, so it’s very rare we need to supplement this.

Our bodies are not capable of making Omega 3 or 6 naturally, or in high enough amounts for them to have much benefit. To rectify this we must have an intake of them in our diet from either a food source such as oily fish, (sardines, mackerel, salmon, pollock) green leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli) or from an excellent quality supplement bought from a reputable health food shop or supplier.

Why do we need them?

Have you ever heard the phrase “You must eat fish, because it’s ‘brain food’?” Therein lays the answer to the question. Omega oils have clinically proven benefits which help the function of the brain. It’s been noted that in countries were a lot of oily fish is included in the diet, notably in Mediterranean climes; there is a much lower incidence of depression. They are also shown to benefit those who have an anti-depressant drug in their regimen of treatment, as they help the body absorb and metabolise it better.

Not only that, they are extremely beneficial in aiding conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and problems with joints. This is because they are a natural anti-inflammatory supplement and can help keep muscles and tissues soft, supple and easier to move. There have been many studies undertaken to show just how hugely beneficial they are to heart health as well. Many cardiac patients are now being prescribed the supplements routinely after planned heart surgery or in the wake of heart attacks. The supplements, in conjunction with a healthy diet and other prescribed medications provided an excellent booster to overall health.

Taking a regular dose of Omega oil has also, anecdotally been shown to help increase libido in both men and women. This is something that obviously needs more in the way of scientific research time spent on it. However, it may eventually mean that those who are licensed to sell Viagra Online will soon find themselves challenged with a more natural, healthy way to help promote a strong, healthy sex life!

We don’t like fish! We’re vegetarian! What do we do?

Not everyone likes the taste of oily fish, and not everyone can eat it whether it’s for health or moral reasons. Where do they turn if they want to get the benefits from these precious oils in their diet?

First of all, if you can’t eat oily fish, the next best food group to turn to are nuts. Walnuts and flax seeds are a super way of getting the oils into your diet. Just a handful of walnuts will give you a great boost. Not only that, they are a much better and healthier snack on the run than grabbing a bar of chocolate or bag of crisps! Flax seeds can be sprinkled onto your breakfast cereal in a morning for an added boost or mixed into salads or salad dressings. If you’re vegetarian, foodstuffs like soybeans and tofu contain plenty of Omega oils, so you won’t be missing out.

If you simply just want to add in a supplement to your diet rather than anything else and are vegetarian, vegan or simply don’t like the taste of fish oil, Flax Seed Oil can be bought in liquid and capsule form for an excellent way of incorporating Omegas into your diet without ingesting fish. For more information and statistics you can read here. It’s never too late to look at introducing Essential Fatty Acids into your diet, why not think about it now?

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