In the Olumia Life program, we love omega-3 fatty acids. You can find them in lots of delicious, healthy foods, and they provide a great deal of benefits to your overall fitness, including disease prevention.
It’s really something, then, when we find out that omega-3’s have been helping us out in ways we weren’t previously aware of. But first, let’s go over just what omega-3 fatty acids are anyway.
You can learn more about all the benefits of omega-3’s in another article, but here’s a quick recap.
Omega-3’s are found in fish and seafood as well as numerous nuts, seeds and oils. They help to optimize your health at a cellular level, and as a result, help improve your cholesterol profile, protect your memory, and stabilize heart rhythms. Omega-3’s also help lower your risk for numerous diseases, such as:
Omega-3’s are a very important part of your diet, so, when you’re not eating them as part of one meal each day, be sure take fish oil supplements to keep your levels optimized.
While the benefits of omega-3’s are easy to see, it may surprise you to learn that scientists are still finding more reasons to keep fish in your diet.
Researchers at Oregon State University recently published findings from a study conducted with support from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) that show omega-3 fatty acids have benefits we didn’t know about previously.
These new benefits were discovered by using something known as “metabolomics,” a first for this type of study. Metabolomics is a way of measuring specific cellular processes, such as those involving omega-3 fatty acids, by the “fingerprint” they leave behind.
Quick note: In this study, researchers looked at the type of omega-3 fatty acid called DHA, which is the one commonly found in marine life and is perhaps the most beneficial type of omega-3.
When measuring the effects of omega-3’s on the liver, researchers found that they may be a valuable way to reduce the risk of fatty liver disease.
According to the American Liver Foundation, about a quarter of all Americans have fatty liver disease, and it is much more common in the obese. Having a fatty liver can lead to increased insulin resistance and decreased insulin efficiency, making it very difficult to lose weight. Advanced fatty liver disease can damage and scar the liver, which can lead to liver failure in the most severe cases.
Scientists found that getting a healthy amount of omega-3’s, about 2-4 grams per day, resulted in a boosted ability in the liver to control fibrosis, inflammation and oxidative stress (an imbalance between your levels of free radicals and antioxidants that protect you from them). All 3 of these findings point at a boosting of the repair systems in your body.
In case you haven’t heard, one of the 4 Pillars of Olumia Life is the Opposing Systems of Breakdown and Repair. By optimizing these, you help your body stay healthier and recuperate more efficiently.
With the findings of the Oregon State University study, there are more reasons than ever to make sure you get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.
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