Without getting too scientific, in simple terms all fatty acids that bear the “omega” label are
unsaturated, containing one or more double bonds.
There are many types of omega fatty acids, which all play an important role for your health; however, these fatty acids much be consumed as part of a balanced diet.
Research shows a variety of health benefits that come from taking omega fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioural function.
Omega-6 fatty acids are primarily used for energy in the body and the typical western diet usually has more than enough of this type of polyunsaturated fat.
Omega-9 fatty acids are non-essential fats, since they can be produced by the body. Diets that replace some saturated fats with omega-9 fats may have benefits for metabolic health.
Omega-7, a newly recognized omega fatty acid, is a monounsaturated fat that contains palmitoleic acid, which has been shown to reduce high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and well as lower insulin levels, improve liver function, and promote weight loss. It also seems to have promise as an anti-inflammatory, reducing markers of systemic inflammation. In addition, the intake of Omega 7 fatty acids has been linked to improved bowel regularity and rejuvenation of skin - as it is said to nourish and sustain healthy cells in the digestive tract and skin.
Why choose a plant-based omega rather than a fish based product?
- Plant-based sources do not have the mercury and radiation contamination that fish products do. The American Heart Association says the adverse health effects shown in many studies, including abnormal heart arrhythmias, may be the result of methyl mercury, an environmental contaminant found in certain fish that may diminish the health benefits of omega fatty acids.
- Fish eat plants, such as algae, to get omega fatty acid so why don't we just go directly to the source... algae.
- Seeds, such a seabuckthorn, contain high amounts of omega's and the health benefits of eating these types of foods far surpass eating fish or taking a fish based supplement.
Which omega supplement should you choose?
When purchasing an omega fatty acid supplement you will want to be sure the source has been researched, tested for safety and approved by Health Canada. Unfortunately, many companies don't take the time to do any of these things because it takes time and money; however, the companies that do have a safer and much higher quality product.
This is why I am so honoured to announce that the Juice Plus Company has been working on a high quality plant-based omega (vegan) blend for a long time and we finally have it in Canada. This product has gone through third-party, double blind, placebo based research as well as extensive testing and approval by Health Canada and proven to be effective and safe for consumers.
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