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A Diet Rich in Omega-3 Has Numerous Health Benefits

by Medindia Content Team on March 31, 2006 at 12:02 PM
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A Diet Rich in Omega-3 Has Numerous Health Benefits

According to a study conducted by the University of East Anglia (UEA) Omega-3 fats do not reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke or cancer but for men with angina, large amounts of oily fish or fish oils appear to increase the risk of a heart attack. But there is plenty of positive research to convince that omega-3 intake is a good idea for those of us who don't have angina.

The benefits of a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids is of great help to the children with problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Omega-3 fats can also help people with skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema. During pregnancy, sufficient omega oil intake has been shown to encourage the growth of a healthy baby. Omega-3 intake may also help in the prevention of certain cancers, like bowel cancer. The best way to obtain omega oils is through a well balanced diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat which the body cannot make on its own, so these fats must be taken in through food or as supplements. They are found naturally in oily fish, such as tuna, salmon and sardines. Vegetable sources include pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds and oil, flaxseeds and walnuts.

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For girls and women of child-bearing age, two portions a week (a portion is 140g) is sufficient as the risk of contamination from dioxins, mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in high levels can affect the development of an unborn baby. Others can eat up to four portions which are about the right amount. Omega-3 supplement that are recommend include MorDHA Mini, which is suitable for children from six months to five years, MorEPA Mini or EyeQ for the over-fives and vegetarians could take flaxseed oil capsules. Vegetarians could also try Healthspan's cerebrum algae capsules. By simply taking a supplement or boosting your oily fish intake isn't enough to be healthy. One has to eat a well balanced diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables. Other products to boost your intake of omega-3 are enriched milks, spreads and eggs.

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