We go beyond the chemical definitions of fats and reach the part that interests us most in this article: fats can be – 1.Simple (triglycerides) 2. Compounds (phospholipids) 3. Derivatives (cholesterol). Triglycerides and mentioned that they are of two types: saturated and unsaturated. We are particularly interested in the unsaturated ones, which in turn fall into two subcategories: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. The category polyunsaturates contains the omega 3 part, which we will discuss.
Perhaps many people, when thinking about starting a more balanced diet or eating style, with the goal of losing weight or reducing fat stubborn tissue, consider it important to give up fat or consume as little as possible. This is the situation where you are in the hypermarket and on the shelf you always choose the option “no fat”, “low fat” etc. It is very possible, however, that these products contain a higher amount of sugar, precisely to counteract the lack of taste due to the low fat content, but besides this, you can miss many benefits of fats, such as Omega 3 fatty acid.
Omega 3 is a fatty acid considered essential (EFA) for our body, obtained from fish oil. Essential fatty acids consist of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), both of which find long-chain fatty acids. Here is an interesting read about omega-3 for vegans, or plant based omega-3.
Omega 3 plays an important role in our body and thus it can become important its contribution and supplementation in our daily diet. Here are some benefits:
– It helps against diseases in the body by reducing inflammation, inflammation of joints, blood vessels or other types of this kind.
– It can prevent cancer
– It can prevent cardiovascular disease
– May reduce the risk of heart attack
– It can protect against dementia and improve mental functions: there are studies that have linked the consumption of omega 3 supplements to older people and have shown a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
– Helps to lubricate the joints: Omega 3 offers lubrication of the joints, thus reducing their level of wear over time
– May Protect against Rheumatoid Arthritis: Studies have suggested that omega 3 may reduce the effect felt by patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis such as joint pain or stiffness