Hi I’ Dr Dani. Welcome to part 5 of my 7 part series telling you my top 7 simplest ways to get healthy now. Last time we learned how to get a perfect sleep and in this video I’m going to tell you about the most important nutrient you need to get more of: Omega 3 fatty acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are called ‘essential’ fatty acids because our bodies need them but we can’t make them ourselves, so we need to get them from our food.
Omega 3 fatty acids are powerful ANTI- INFLAMMATORY and ANTI- OXIDANT compounds that are used to treat many inflammatory chronic diseases, including atopic dermatitis, or eczema, which is a very severe form of dry skin. Omega three fatty acids also have powerful anti-aging effects and can reduce risk of heart disease.
Omega three fatty acids also play a role in regulating mood, and are now being used in the treatment of mild depression, as well as in ADHD to improve concentration. Most of the time any one thing claims to be useful and effective for all these different conditions, I am skeptical–however in the case of omega 3’s its actually the truth, and can be backed up by numerous large reserach studies for each of the indications I’ve mentioned.
The typical North American diet has far too many Omega 6 fatty acids and too little Omega three fatty acids. Omega three fatty acids are the ones that have all the anticancer, antioxidant, and many other health benefits, such as improving mood and concentration. Omega 6 fatty acids are actually INFLAMMATORY, if we have too much of them–leading to all the problems that omega 3 fatty acids can help prevent, like premature aging, heart disease, low mood and cancer. Omega 6 fatty acids, the not-so- good kind, are found in highest amounts in vegetable oil, soybean oil, margarine, premade salad dressings and sauces, and mayonaise.
Omega Threes can be found in certain nuts like walnuts (and walnut oil), flaxseed, and wild salmon. Unless you eat cold water fish daily, I recommend taking a good quality Omega 3 Supplement from cold water fish or if you are a strict vegetarian, from flax daily to ensure you are getting enough to see the maximum health benefits.
What dose of omega 3 fatty acids should you take? Well, there are 2 different parts to omega three fatty acids and you want to make sure the supplement you choose has both of them–they have long really hard to pronounce names but everyone knows them for short as EPA and DHA. You want to aim for 2-3grams of EPA and DHA per day in the supplement you choose, which you can find at most health food stores, and you should take the pills in the morning with your breakfast.
Do you have problems with your mood? I Have you tried omega 3 supplemtns before and what were your experiences? Leave me a comment and let me know.
Part 6 of this series is about how smiling can improve your health! SO leave a comment and I will see you in the next video.