Omega-3 Fats: Essential for your health.

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Omega-3 essential fatty acids are very vogue right now. You will most likely hear about them in correspondence with anti-inflammatory diets or general control of inflammation.

Though they are best known for reducing inflammation, Omega-3's also affect brain health, general cognition, metabolic efficiency, and muscle mass growth. 

Omega-3's are essential fatty acids. As the name suggests, Omega-3's are essential to all cells, tissues, and organs of the body. These fatty acids must be consumed as the body cannot produce them on its own. The main sources are fish, organ meats, and eggs. 

The two Omega-3's we are after are DHA and EPA. If you look at any Omega-3 supplement, you want to see these two listed specifically in the ingredients tab.

DHAs influence the brain and nervous system and EPA affects the vascular system to a large degree, and helps with localized inflammation of joints and other tissues. Both are necessary to regulate inflammation in the body. Less inflammation means a more efficient function at the cellular level. Better function means better health.

Interestingly, DHA is very important during infancy, the number one source being breast milk. The amount of DHA in the breast milk is directly correlated to the mother's intake. Studies show Japanese women have three times as much DHA than American women, and Eurpoean women have twice as much. This discrepancy largely comes from diet.

Other countries make baby formula with added DHA, while none in the USA contain DHA. A lack of DHA during infancy has been linked to lower IQ, with assumptions of later issues such as ADHD and depression

These are only developmental issues. A lack of Omega-3's are also associated with Alzheimer's sensory defects, retinal health, and general brain function. Supplementing these is very important for US citizens as the diet most likely contains very little Omega-3.

The larger issue is the balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3. The ideal ratio is 1:1 or 2:1 Omega-6 to Omega-3. Studies show anywhere from 15:1 to 30:1 ratios, significantly off balance. This balance will cause large levels of uncontrolled inflammation, which leads to pain and, if left unaltered, long-term chronic issues.

We recommend 1st Phorm Full Mega. The daily dose is a great starting point to aid the discrepancy of Omega-6 and Omega-3. Taking this once daily will result in better cognitive function. Couple this supplementation with a dietary change, moving towards real foods, and you will most likely see many memory-based sensory improvements as well.