85% of Americans are deficient in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids, so named because they are essential to good health. Almost everyone, especially chiropractic joint pain patients, can benefit from the effects of fish oils.
Why should I take Omega-3 fatty acid supplements?
Omega-3 Fatty Acids have anti-inflammatory effects. This helpful cell protectant works to decrease inflammation by inhibiting the present inflammatory cells from migrating and then turning on useful anti-inflammatory cells. This has been shown to reduce inflammation in joints from conditions such as arthritis, inflammation in the circulatory system, inflammation in the digestive tract, and in the lungs reducing effects of asthma.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids have been shown to improve circulatory health and help prevent stroke, heart attack, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. The American Heart Association is recommending 1 gram of Omega-3 Fatty Acids every day for the entire population.
Fish oils have also been found to significantly increase the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients by reducing inflammation in the brain. Studies showed people who took fish oil supplements had greater mental speed and efficiency in mental processes. Studies of the brain showed slowing of the brain’s aging by 1-2 years in patients that took fish oil supplements compared to those who did not. These essential fatty acids also play a role in the prevention of depression.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are especially important in pregnancy. All of the babies’ needs are met through the mother. Omega-3 Fatty Acids make up 15-20% of the cerebral cortex and supplementation has been shown to increase IQ as well as decrease the risk of ADHD. Omega-3 Fatty Acids also make up 30-60% of the retina and deficiency has been shown in children with vision impairment. Because of its anti-inflammatory effects, supplementation has shown to decrease the risk of children developing asthma.
There is also considerable evidence that fish oil consumption can delay or reduce tumor development in breast cancer.
Where do I get Omega-3 fatty acid supplements?
The main sources of omega-3 fatty acids are flax seed oil (which has to be ground fresh), walnut oil, marine plankton and fatty fish like deep sea salmon. These last two contain eicosapentaeonic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The easiest and most reliable source for most people is supplementation with fish oil capsules.
When buying fish oils, be careful. Unfortunately, the same problems that may arise in eating fish such as high lead, mercury and other contaminants can be present in fish oil supplements. The only way you can be assured of purity is too find a reputable company that makes independently tested, pharmaceutical grade quality supplements. At Langford & Karls Chiropractic Clinic, we only carry high-quality omega-3 supplements!