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Omega 3 Sources and Benefits

Omega 3 Sources and Benefits

Our bodies require fats to make us healthy. One of such fats is Omega 3. Health practitioners reveal that some fats are manufactured within human bodies while others require to be ingested. Omega 3 is an example of these fats that can only be attained through including its sources in our diet. The human body can make most of the types of fats it needs from other fats or raw materials. There are three types of Omega 3 fatty acids. The first group is the alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). Experts reveal that this type of Omega 3 is normally found in oils extracted from plants. There are also the eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) while the last type is the docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) all which are mainly available in marine oils.

Benefits of Omega 3 Acids

Health experts have confirmed that our bodies not only require Omega 3 acids to function, the bodies require them because they deliver numerous benefits that are health related. Further studies confirm that the animal-based variety of amino-3 acids bring about numerous health related benefits compared to the plant-based acids.

1- Boosting of Body Immunity

Health practitioners confide that low quantities of EPA and DHA types of amino-3 acids reduce the immunity against various health complications, a situation that exposes people to numerous life-threatening conditions. According to studies, people should ensure there are sufficient Omega 3 acids in their diet as these acids bring numerous gains that other supplements lack.

2- Heart Health

Omega 3 is necessary for healthy and optimum heart functioning. Researches have confirmed that the acid is helpful to heart attack survivors as it reduces their risk of subsequent heart attacks, stroke and even death. Differently, other studies have indicated that men who frequently consume fish are 50 percent less likely of dying from sudden cardiac events than men who rarely eat fish. Differently, other studies have found out that high triglyceride levels is a person’s body is a powerful indication of the person’s healthy lipid profiles, which is a clear indication that the person is in good health.

3- Cholesterol Regulation

The acids are helpful in the normalization and regulation of cholesterol triglyceride levels in human body. Studies have confided that oils from fish and krill oil are more effective in facilitating these processes compared to a statin. Based on these research findings, krill and fish oils both oils are more efficient in reducing enzyme activities that are more responsible for liver’s fat metabolism processes while krill is more effective in the reduction of liver triglycerides.

4- Blood Vessels

Studies have also revealed that omega 3 fats are the main anti-arrhythmic components that help in the prevention or counteracting of cardiac arrhythmia. Furthermore, these oil substances are anti-thrombotic as they help in preventing thrombosis or blood clots that might result within blood vessels. They also anti-atherosclerotic as they prevent fatty deposits and fibrosis that sometime result in the inner layers of blood arteries and. Apart from the above, the acids are anti-inflammatory as they counteract inflammation of the that cause heat, swelling and pain in the blood vessels.

5- Brain Development

Studies have also found out that DHA type of amino acids is helpful in improving brain development. This is based on the findings that established that DHA improves children learning abilities and behaviours. For this reason, DHA is recommended for those people who desire to maximize their children intellectual potential. Minimal amounts of DHA are responsible for poorer reading abilities and memory and also result in behavioral problems especially in healthy school-age children. Differently, studies have shown that children who frequently consume omega 3 fat supplements during their infantry perform well in learning, vocabulary and are intellectuals. Past studies found that the children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and every related conditions or learning inabilities are omega 3 fat deficient.

6- Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) Management

Apart from facilitating brain development and performance, health experts have reported that Omega 3 helps save the lives of those children who are undergoing the short bowel syndrome (SBS). This is a rare condition but studies show that this condition occurs immediately after birth if a baby’s portion of intestine fails to develop. It may also result due to infectious inflammatory diseases that sometimes strike premature newborns. Differently, the condition is encountered by adults due to surgeries for Crohn’s disease or injury. Differently, some studies have revealed that Omega 3 especially that retrieved from fish oil supplements are helpful to our health as they improve our lung functioning.

Author Info

Dr Nagi Safa

Dr Nagi Safa is a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon (Weight-Loss Surgeon) at the Advanced BMI in Lebanon and at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, and holds an academic appointment at the University of Montreal. Furthermore, he is involved in the training of residents and surgical fellows on how to perform advanced laparoscopic obesity surgery. In 2010, he launched the Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (Advanced BMI) in Lebanon, and has been helping hundreds of patients from all over the Middle-East through his expertise in obesity surgery. Education: Dr Safa completed his residency training at the University of Montreal General Surgery Program. He then performed a fellowship in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and Minimal Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery), at the Sacred Heart Hospital of Montreal, which is the largest Weight Loss Surgery center in the Montreal area, and one of the busiest in Canada. Experience: During his training, and throughout his practice, Dr Safa performed more than one thousand laparoscopic procedures, including Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, gastric plication and many other abdominal surgery procedures. He has a particular interest in LaparoscopicRevisional Surgery including banding, bypass and sleeve. With a keen interest in the advancement of obesity surgery and newer minimally invasive surgical techniques, Dr Safa gained experience in the single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS), and offers Single Incision gastric banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy Surgery. Research: His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of bariatric surgery on Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome X. Memberships: Dr Safa holds professional memberships with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Association for Surgical Oncology, Quebec Medical Association, Trauma Association of Canada, Association Quebecoise de Chirurgie, International College of Surgeon, and the College des Medecins du Quebec.