Friday, April 29, 2011

What can high-omega-3 foods do for you?

  1. Reduce inflammation throughout your body
  2. Keep your blood from clotting excessively
  3. Maintain the fluidity of your cell membranes
  4. lower the amount of lipids (fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides) circulating in the bloodstream
  5. decrease platelet aggregation, preventing excessive blood clotting
  6. inhibit thickening of the arteries by decreasing endothelial cells' production of a platelet-derived growth factor (the lining of the arteries is composed of endothelial cells)
  7. increase the activity of another chemical derived from endothelial cells (endothelium-derived nitric oxide), which causes arteries to relax and dilate
  8. reduce the production of messenger chemicals called cytokines, which are involved in the inflammatory response associated with atherosclerosis
  9. reduce the risk of becoming obese and improve the body's ability to respond to insulin by stimulating the secretion of leptin, a hormone that helps regulate food intake, body weight and metabolism, and is expressed primarily by adipocytes (fat cells)
  10. help prevent cancer cell growth.
What conditions or symptoms indicate a need for more high omega 3 foods?
  • Depression
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Brittle hair and nails
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Joint pain
Salmon, flax seeds and walnuts are excellent food sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

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