There is now a significant body of research into the benefits of omega 3 supplementation in a wide range of conditions where resolutions of inflammation generally play a part. Omega-3s are actually a group of essential fatty acids, essential in the sense that they must be obtained from the diet, as the human body cannot manufacture them. Omega-3 fatty acids constitute a group of several different polyunsaturated fatty acids, but those important to health are α-linolenic acid (ALA), found primarily in plant and nut sources; eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA); and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both of which are found primarily in fish and fish oils.
The most compelling benefit of omega-3 fatty acids is seen with regard to cardiovascular health. Large number of studies have shown that DHA and EPA reduce the risk of death, heart attack, abnormal heart rhythms and stroke, particularly in persons with a known history of cardiovascular disease. Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure and to further slow the hardening of arteries and improve circulation.
Although evidence is less compelling than that for the conditions above and further study is required, some research claims have found that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for such diseases and disorders as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, depression and anxiety, diabetes, asthma, poor learning and focus in children, and certain cancers
Fish, plant and nut oils are the primary sources of omega-3 fatty acids. The most readily available sources of EPA and DHA are cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines, anchovies, and tuna. In addition to food sources, omega-3 fatty acids can be supplemented through fish oils or flaxseed oils. There are some fantastic products on the market like Udo’s Oil and Cleanmarine Krill Oil.
There is now N0 excuses to start taking Omega 3 TODAY
Molloy’s Lifestyle Pharmacies has launched a new vitamin range called Benevits. The range offers high quality products at a low price, which allows people to look after their wellbeing without having to worry about the financial cost. Omega 3 and Omega 3,6,9 are two of the products included in the range and they retail from only €3.95. Molloy’s Lifestyle Pharmacy has launched this range in conjunction with their full time Dietician service. The Dietician clinic facilitates private consultations with our registered Dieticians for a small fee of €20 for the first consultation and €10 for follow up appointments. If you would like advice on incorporating more omegas into your diet or on your general nutritional needs and diet contact us to make an appointment.
Other products include in the Benevits range are Vitamin B Complex, Glucosamine Sulphate, a Mulitiviatmin, Aloe Vera Juice, Eyebright and many more. Benevits retails from only €2.95 and can also be purchased online at www.molloyspharmacy.com. Call into your nearest Molloy’s Lifesyle Pharmacy and Health Store, Roscommon and Ballaghaderreen, to find out more about the Benevit range and the benefits of Omega 3.
Issue dated: 08 June 2012
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