Omega 3 Fatty Acids in Laurel MD
Health professionals have been recommending fatty acids for their patients because of their known benefits. However some might ask, why would a doctor recommend that their patient have more fat in the diet? The answer lies in the fact that not all fats are created equal. There are “good” fats and “bad’ fats. One of the good fats that is recommended is an omega 3 fatty acid. This fatty acid is considered to be essential because the body cannot make this for itself. Although we cannot make this, it is needed for a multitude of cellular functions.
Omega 3 fatty acids are recommended by the NIH, noting that they have been found to be beneficial for the heart and cardiovascular system. The known effects include anti-inflammatory actions, lowering of blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and decreasing blood pressure. In addition to these cardiovascular benefits, omega 3s can possibly help to decrease the risks and symptoms of certain conditions such as diabetes, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, and asthma.
How do we get these essential fatty acids into our diet? The American heart Association recommends first and foremost that we eat a proper diet to improve health. The AHA writes that these omega 3s are found in fatty fishes and recommend including them into your weekly intake. However, if this is not an option for you, supplementation with capsules may be the second best option. A visit to Dr. Hawk at laurel Regional Chiropractic can help determine whether this would be a good place to start improving your health. The AHA also strongly encourages exercise as another key factor in improving heart health, of course!
Some may have concerns regarding the amount of metals that can be found in fish oil supplements of omega 3. This is a valid concern, but it shouldn’t keep you from taking steps to improve your health. There are omega 3 products that have undergone rigorous testing to ensure that the fish oils in their supplements are free of such metals. Dr. Hawk at Laurel Regional Chiropractic can help you to determine what steps you can take to improve your cardiovascular health, and see if supplementing with omega 3s would be helpful for you!