Healthy Eating Guide – The Very Essential Omega-3

A healthy eating guide is sometimes hard to work out.

I’m an advocate for dietary supplementation. In an ideal world we’d get all our nutrients from food grown in mineral rich soils free of contaminants, we wouldn’t drink too much, eat unhealthy food, or live in polluted cities,
but this is a tad unrealistic. So when it comes to supplementation what should be considered an essential addition to a healthy diet?

A quality multi-vitamin, a good B complex, and a daily dose of omega-3 is a must have for someone who truly values their health.

According to a National Nutrition Survey, only 1 in 4 Australians reported even eating fish once a week. The overwhelming majority of us are not getting enough essential omega 3’s, and for those who aren’t, it’s worth noting omega 3’s are associated with some amazing health benefits, including potentially reducing the onset of  Alzheimer’s, reduces dangerous polyps among people prone to bowel cancer, and most importantly reduces the risk of developing heart disease.

Australians are in fact eating less than the suggested intake of omega-3’s and instead eating too much omega-6 fatty acids, commonly found in corn, safflower, sunflower oils and polyunsaturated margarines – the oils used in cooking a lot of take-away food people!

Our bodies need both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids to function properly, however they are needed in the right
balance. Interestingly omega-6 and omega-3s compete in the body; high levels of omega-6 block the ability of omega-3s to be used efficiently.

EPA and DHA are the two essential nutrients of omega-3 oil and play vital medicinal roles. Omega-3’s main role (huge!) in the body is that it blocks the inflammation pathway; whereas 6 and 9 can promote it. Starting to get the gist of how important it is to consume omega-3?

What to look for in an omega-3 supplement: Now not all supplements are created equally. Cheap supplements  usually contain cheaper ingredients, often in an imbalanced ratio. While on the surface they may appear attractive dollar wise, in the long run, they prove quite uneconomical and don’t provide the health benefits you think you’re getting, or you have to take more of them to see results.

Additionally and often overlooked, is how a supplement is manufactured, which is just as important as the actual listed ingredients. The more ‘pure’ a vitamin is on an ingredient and manufacturing level the more efficient and effective they become.

So just because something contains omega-3 doesn’t make it a quality supplement and that is worth noting when you buy your very essential omega-3!

Always ask your natural health practitioner or health store retailer about the processes or purity
levels of any supplement. It’s better for your body and makes sure you are getting value for money.