No nutritional program is complete without a high-quality source of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, which are lacking in the typical Western diet. Imagine if you are deficient in Omega 3 !
The cells in your body have a phospholipid bilayer that acts as a gatekeeper between the inside and outside of the cell—keeping things out or letting them in. As key components of that bilayer, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from our diet play a significant role in maintaining our good health at the most basic level. It is important to maintain an appropriate 1:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6, as these two substances work together to promote health. However, average diets contain significantly more omega-6.
The omega-3 long-chain fatty acids are the biosynthetic precursors of a family of compounds called eicosanoids (prostaglandins, thromboxanes, and leukotrienes). These hormone-like substances are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids for the maintenance of good health.
Ratios of omega-3s to omega-6s from the diet help support brain function. Neural phospholipid membranes selectively uptake DHA, and it is concentrated in the photoreceptors and some cell-signalling sites.
EPA and DHA are long-chain fatty acids whose function in the body includes helping maintain healthy highdensity
lipoprotein and triglyceride levels in the plasma, which are important for supporting healthy arterial function and blood flow.
Many large-scale epidemiological studies and randomized controlled studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids from fish support cardiovascular health.
These long-chain fatty acids are so important, in fact, that many commercially prepared infant formulas are now fortified with DHA to support health and nervous system development.
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