These nutrients support so many critical functions of our body.
Omega-3 fatty acids are the kinds of fats you want in your diet. Dr. Oz says they're one of our five daily nutritional needs. You can get them by eating oily fish (salmon, anchovies, sardines) or other ingredients like avocado, walnuts, edamame and flax and chia seeds. And if you need a boost, fish-oil supplements can give you a healthy dose of omega-3s (Look for supplements that have at least 600 mg of the DHA kind of omega-3 and are made from small, oily fish like anchovies or sardines.).
For those not getting enough omega-3 from their diet, it is available as a dietary supplement.
3 Impressive Benefits of Omega-3s
These nutrients support so many critical parts of our body — like our vision, fertility, brain health and heart health. Here are three other, impressive benefits that you should know about.
Omega-3 Can Help Reduce Anxiety & Depression
Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are naturally present in brain membranes, and studies have shed light on the potential relationship between a person's PUFA levels and anxiety.
One study found that people with anxiety disorders have lower levels of circulating omega-3 PUFAs. Another study showed that omega-3 supplements reduced inflammation and anxiety in medical students during exams. And in a study detailed in Medical News Today, the positive effects of taking omega-3s were particularly significant for people who had clinical diagnoses of psychiatric conditions.
Omega-3 Can Help Improve Your Skin
If you're worried about your skin texture or appearance, omega-3s could give you a helping hand. As we age, fat cells in our skin's third layer thin out and tend to get a bit bumpier. Omega-3s can help make that layer thicker and smooth, leaving your skin fuller.
And EPA omega-3 fatty acids may also help reduce your risk of acne breakouts by helping to manage oil production and skin hydration. Trading sugar (and meat) for avocados, walnuts, salmon or trout can help control those annoying pimples.
Omega-3 Can Help Reduce Inflammation
Inflammation is your body's defense system to keep itself healthy. But sometimes this inflammation can linger even after the threat is over and become chronic, leaving people with achy and stiff joints and swelling. Chronic inflammation can also lead to weight gain and disease (cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes and asthma).
Studies have found that increasing your long-chain omega-3 fatty acids helps the body produce more anti-inflammatory agents, which come in handy when your body is no longer under threat.