What is omega-3 & why should I take it?

With my 30th birthday looming in the not-so-distant future, I have began taking my heath and skincare regimen a bit more seriously.  For the past few months, I have searched the internet for products and supplements that may be beneficial in keeping my looking and feeling my best.  I have tested many products so that I could see for myself what worked and what did not.  Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of those findings with all of you in a beauty and health series.

I consistently found that doctors and nutritionists that suggested incorporating omega-3 supplements into a healthy diet.  To be quite honest, I did not have much knowledge about what omega-3 was and why I needed it.  However, after personally experiencing the benefits of omega-3, I am excited to share the following information.

What Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are a group of unsaturated fats that provide a variety of health and beautify benefits.  Unfortunately, the human body does produce these brain-boosting, cholesterol-clearing good fats on its own. Therefore, we must obtain omega-3 from various foods and supplements.

 What Omega-3 Can Do For You
Omega-3 can provide relief of symptoms for a wide range of physical aliment including, but not limited to, the following: Heart Disease, Memory Loss , Depression, Asthma and ADHD.  During the couple months that I have been deliberately adding more omega-3 to my diet, I have noticed an increase in memory and my brain feels less foggy (for an exhausted mommy, that is a big accomplishment).

In addition to the health benefits, omega-3 helps keep your hair healthy, shiny and lustrous. The "healthy fats" keep your skin hydrated and and glowing.  I have personally experienced noticeable results in my skin and hair after incorporating a higher level of omega-3 into my diet.

Photo used with permission via Veganbaking.net

Ways To Add Omega-3 Into Your Diet
There are many ways to add omega-3 into your diet.  
For vegetarians, such as myself, omega-3 can be found in the following foods:

Vegetarian Omega-3 supplements
 Winter Squash (such as acorn squash and butternut squash)
Sees (such as flax, chia and hemp seeds)
Leafy Greens
Beans
Cabbage
Walnuts

 Non-vegetarians and pescatarians (those who eat fish and seafood but no other forms of meat) can obtain omega-3 from eating fish two to three times a week or taking fish oil supplements.

Photo used with permission via Stephen Cummings
Possible Side Effects Of Fish Oil
As with all supplements, there are possible side effects of fish oil. Taking too much fish oil puts you at risk of thin blood and an increased the chance of bleeding. Extremely high doses may also weaken the body's immune system, lowering a your ability to fight against disease. Fish oil has been known to interact with birth control pills in some cases [source: WebMD].  Be sure to discuss any supplements with your doctor and follow the suggested dosage on the label.



What To Look For When Buying Fish Oil
While it may be tempting to grab the cheapest omega-3 at the drug store, it is important to take a high quality supplement. Young Life Research Triple Strength Omega-3 Fish Oil  uses only the finest fish oil at the highest recommend dosage.  This formulation is exactly what your body needs to achieve superior health and beauty benefits.  Young Life Research Triple Strength Omega-3 Fish Oil is pure and contains an very low level of mercury compared to the cheaper supplements on the market.



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