Fish oil and Omega 3 fatty acids have become very popular lately.
This is because these substances help to control the inflammatory processes and thereby become a factor in reducing stress as they are a barrier to serious illnesses and disabilities such as arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer and many others. It turns out that they are unusually good for the heart, brain and ... practically all systems of our body.
Omega 3 fatty acids, in particular omega 3, are called essential because the body can not synthesize them from other substances and they play important roles in many biochemical processes. It has been discovered that the body synthesizes omega 3 rapidly if in the place of synthesis runs parallel synthesis of omega 6 fatty acids; otherwise it is easier to absorb omega 3 essential fatty acids from the food we eat.
How can such a simple thing such as omega-3 fatty acids help beat inflammations? Inflammation is a chemical fire causing redness, swelling, tenderness and pain. Some fires burn quickly and violently, and then are quenched. We have such type of inflammation during acute diseases when the temperature suddenly rises, then falls, or when we injure us and the wound inflates and then heals. Other fires are more like a hot bed of ashes, constantly emitting heat, never and never dying completely. This type of reaction is caused by chronic autoimmune diseases such as arthritis and asthma.
Inflammation is a complex reaction to some kind of damage to the body - by bacteria, viruses, toxins or waste products of metabolism. It includes a series of reactions and chemicals. Inflammatory process involves cells called platelets, white blood cells and macrophages, which are designed to kill bacteria as they literally eat them. Our immune system needs inflammation, to assist the healing of wounds and disease control.
But sometimes the process goes out of control. Then we need the assistance of essential oils, especially contained in fish oil. These oils contain the essential fatty acids Omega 3. Over the past 10 years more than 5000 researches have been conducted on the benefits of Omega 3 while fighting with any kind of disease: from cancer to heart related, psoriasis, autoimmune disorders, even kidney diseases. Deficit of EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) or DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) causes allergies, infections and dry skin. Continued deficits could lead to serious autoimmune diseases.
Omega 3 are involved as basic ingredients in the chemical synthesis of specific molecules called eicosanoids. These molecules have short term signaling purpose for a number of processes in the body. Thanks to these cells communicate with each other.
The communication net of eicosanoids covers primarily the immune and nervous system, and communication between cells in tissues with compromised integrity (wounds, inflammations, etc.). Our body absorbs Omega 3 with almost no effort. Any other oil needs enzymes for activation. With fish oil this is not the case.
The good news about Omega 3 is that over time they accumulate. Thus if you have consumed for years food rich of Omega 3 you will have rich reserves of essential fatty acids in cells. But if your diet was poor and the body was forced to use other fats, you will need a while until restoring the balance. Omega 3 are the fireman of the ancient oceans - they are able to create miracles, but the only thing required of you is patience and time.
In some of these fishes, however - such as salmon and tone - there is a real danger to consume large amounts of mercury along with the beneficial fat. This is due to the pollution of oceans and can be avoided if Omega 3 fatty acids are taken in the form of capsules.
Game is also rich in omega 3 fats.
In dairy products and eggs we can also find not so big quantities. For example, to procure the necessary 1gr our day should eat about 20 eggs.
The only sure solution for now is to consume dietary supplements containing Omega 3 fatty acids.
Very important to know is that fish oil and Omega 3 fatty acids must be taken with an antioxidant (vit.A, F, C) to protect fats from oxidation.
Fish oil for all! Fish oil helps not only people with asthma but in most inflammatory conditions e.g. lupus, arthritis and other rheumatic diseases sklerodermit, disease inflammation of the thyroid gland
Nobody knows for sure what causes these diseases, although viruses are one of the possible explanations. Whatever the reason, studies have found that levels of essential fatty acids of those patients were low. Thus consumption of fish oil and Omega 3 fatty acids could relieve those conditions or at least dramatically decrease the chances to have them.