Omega 3 Fatty Acids

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					Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  Effects on Your Body
What are they?

• Omega-3 fatty acids are considered
 essential fatty acids, which means that
 they are essential to human health but
 cannot be manufactured by the body.
 Therefore, you must obtain them from an
 outside source.
Where are they found?




• Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish and
  certain plant oils.
3 Major Types

• Alphalinolenic acid (ALA)
• Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
• Docosahexanoic acid (DHA)
Some of the many uses:

• High Cholesterol
• High Blood Pressure
• Heart Disease
• Stroke
• Diabetes
• Cancer
• Osteoporosis
High Cholesterol
• Studies have shown that people who consume
  high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids tend to
  have increased HDL cholesterol and decreased
  LDL and triglycerides.

• HDL: “good” cholesterol levels
• LDL: “bad cholesterol levels
• Triglycerides: fatty material that circulates in the
  blood
High Blood Pressure


                • Studies say that diets
                  rich in omega-3 fatty
                  acids lower blood
                  pressure significantly.
Heart Disease
• EPA and DHA help reduce
  risk factors for heart
  disease.

• These substances can
  help prevent and treat
  atherosclerosis by
  inhibiting the
  development of plaque
  and blood clots, each of
  which tends to clog
  arteries.
Stroke
         • Omega-3 fatty acids
           prevents stroke by plaque
           buildup and blood clots in
           the arteries that lead to
           the brain.

         • Eating at least 2 servings
           of fish per week can
           reduce the risk of stroke
           by at least 50%.
Diabetes
• People with diabetes
    tend to have high
    triglyceride and low
    HDL levels.
•   By eating fish or
    taking supplements
    with Omega-3 fatty
    acids, it will lower
    triglycerides and raise
    HDL levels.
Cancer
• Colon Cancer: Animal studies have found that have
  found that omega-3 fatty acids prevent the worsening of
  colon cancer. EPA and DHA also appeared to slow or
  even reverse the progression of colon cancer in people
  with early stages.
• Breast Cancer: People who consume omega-3 fatty
  acids may be less likely to develop breast cancer. Also,
  the risk from dying from breast cancer may be less.
• Prostate Cancer: Lab and animal studies indicate that
  omega-3 fatty acids may inhibit the growth of prostate
  cancer. More research in this area is needed.
Osteoporosis
               • Studies suggest that omega-3
                 fatty acids, such as EPA help
                 increase calcium levels in the
                 body, deposit of calcium in the
                 bones, and improve bone
                 strength.
               • In a study of women over 65
                 with osteoporosis, those given
                 supplements experienced less
                 bone loss over 3 years than
                 those who were given a
                 placebo.
Some more uses:
•   Mental Disorders
•   Weight Loss
•   Eating Disorders
•   Macular Degeneration
•   Skin Disorders
•   Arthritis
•   …and even
    Menstruation

				
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