I have a friend I would love for you to meet. She will be there to pick you up when you feel tired and inflamed. She will keep your brain and heart strong. She will fight off depression and anxiety. She has the potential to improve your cognition and vision as well.
Sometimes when you hang out with her consistently, she might even help to alleviate your menstrual pain, decrease the fat around your liver, and improve your skin and sleep quality.
Please allow me to introduce you to one of my closest friends: Omega 3. Omega 3 fatty acids are absolutely critical for human health. But, with so much whacky nutrition advice thrown at us these days, it's more appealing to focus on the latest diet craze than it is to focus on proper Omega 3 supplementation.
In case this is new territory for you, let’s start with the basics.
Omegas + Your Brain
Think of Omega-3 Fatty Acids as premium brain fuel, loaded with EPA and DHA that help you function optimally. Consuming lots of Omega 3’s delivers nutrients to your brain, which in turn can help treat and prevent symptoms of anxiety and depression.
And for all the baby-mama’s out there— Omega 3’s are super important for the brain health of developing babies, too! Studies show that consuming adequate numbers of omega-3’s during pregnancy can lead to a higher IQ, better communication and social skills, and decreased risk of developmental delay.
Omegas + Your Heart
By keeping your inflammation, blood pressure, and triglycerides (a fancy word for lipids found in your blood) in check, Omega-3’s are able to significantly decrease a woman’s risk of heart disease. Even better, Omega-3’s raise HDL, aka the good kind of cholesterol. Win, win.
Omegas + Inflammation
Factors like the food we eat, our environment, and daily stressors are all (direct or indirect) causes of inflammation in the body that can lead to chronic fatigue, disease, and even painful periods (no they are not normal!). Omega-3’s work to reduce inflammation, therefore reducing the risk of disease and menstrual pain. In fact, the daily intake of Omega-3’s is proven to decrease your risk for colon and breast cancer.
From brain health to disease prevention, the benefits of Omega-3’s speak for themselves. It’s recommended that women eat at least one omega-rich food every day, including things like fatty fish, oysters, flax seeds, and walnuts—OR you can take a fish oil supplement as a part of your wellness routine .
If you do decide to incorporate Omega 3s into your routine, here are some pro tips to consider:
Pro Tip #1: Fish oil should never smell fishy. If you find that your fish oil has a strong odor or you are experiencing funky burps, it’s time to throw it away. High-quality fish oil does not and should not smell awful.
Pro Tip #2: If you do have a high-quality fish oil like Omegas and you’re still weirded out by any possible smell, store the capsules in your fridge or freezer. This is a game-changer for sensitive taste buds.
Pro Tip #3: If your digestion is less than optimal, always choose an enteric-coated Omega 3 like Omegas. This special capsule design breaks down further in your digestive system, so no fish burps. We promise!
So, you now have the 4-1-1 on Omega 3’s the ultimate BFF.