Omega-3 DHA has many benefits for your nutritional health. These begin with strong anti-inflammatory properties. And besides providing pain relief and reducing your risk for chronic inflammation, omega-3 DHA can also help with increased weight loss and cognitive brain function.
Yes, you can get omega-3 DHA from foods, and especially cold water fatty fish. But In order to maximize the omega-3 DHA nutritional health benefits, and still stay within a 3000 mg daily intake that is regarded as being safe without a doctor’s supervision, you would have to eat more than five ounces of fish every day.
I like fish a lot and eat it at least as often as the American Heart Association’s recommendation of 2-3 times per week, but I wouldn’t eat want to eat it every day. And even if someone was going to eat it that often, there could be potential long-term risks from contaminants and mercury.
Omega-3 DHA anti-inflammatory supplements are the most efficient and effective way to get the tremendous health benefits available from these natural essential fatty acids.
Inferior fish oil supplements can have purity risks too, but not when the supplements are made from the fish oil omega-3 coming from wild fish caught in the pristine waters of New Zealand.
But regardless of where you buy your fish oil omega-3 supplements, the manufacture should be able to provide you with a certificate of analysis that confirms the nutritional source and purity of the current batch of supplements being shipped.
Why Omega-3 DHA Is So Important
Omega-3 is one of the essential fatty acids. This means that it is needed by our body, but we do not have the different enzymes that are needed to make them.
Besides being essential, the primary reason for omega-3 DHA being so important is because it is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. Being able to eliminate excessive inflammation is critical, considering that it is viewed as a root cause of most diseases, including those that are fatal.
Omega-3 DHA anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to be especially effective for your heart health. They decrease the risk of dying from heart disease, by decreasing the risk for heart attacks and strokes.
And considering that the ‘normal’ brain consists of around 90% DHA, ensuring an adequate amount is necessary to the development of the brain and your nervous system, along with also helping to prevent depression.
Now also recognize that besides omega-3, omega-6 is also an essential fatty acid. Through the process of essential fatty acid metabolism, omega-6 is usually converted into arachidonic acid, which is further broken down into highly inflammatory prostaglandins.
The primary determinant for the omega-6 metabolism pathway is related to the fat source of the omega-6 and how much is coming from fats like vegetable oil, processed foods, and fried and fast foods trans fats – these are all the omega-6 bad fats that can lead to excessive inflammation and increased cellular fat storage.
The omega-6 metabolism pro-inflammatory problem is further compounded by the excessive amounts of these bad fats that are being consumed.
Although it is recommended that a good nutritional health diet will consist of around 2 times more omega-6 than omega-3, it is far more common for these amounts to be 20-30 times greater. Besides being so highly inflammatory, this also disrupts the omega-3 metabolism into DHA, which compounds the problem.
Excess inflammation that becomes a chronic condition is one of the biggest health risks we have. In light of this, it is critical for the omega-6 to omega-3 balance to be brought into line with the recommended ratio. And the most effective way for doing this is by taking your maximum safe amount of the highest quality omega-3 DHA anti-inflammatory supplements.
In my Nutritional Health And Fitness website, I further discuss the importance of controlling inflammation, and ways to do so with natural anti-inflammatories.
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