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He Benefits Of Omega 3 Oils, Unsaturated, Plants, Fish

One of the most common health advice that is passed around is to steer clear of fats. While this is true to some extent not all fats are bad fats. There are some fats that are not only good for the body, they are even considered essential to our health. Fats that are considered bad for us are saturated fats that are found in many animal products like bacon and animal derived products like butter, cheeses, lard and ghee. Some plant derived cooking oils also have saturated fat content such as coconut oil and palm kernel oil. When taken in excessive amounts, saturated fats can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers. Another type of fat called trans fats are also bad for the body—these are industrially manufactured fats wherein they are hydrogenated to make the fats more solid. Trans fat raises the levels of bad cholesterols in the body while lowering good cholesterols.
Good fats on the other hand are unsaturated fats, under which are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats include sources like olive oil, canola oil, as well as nuts such as cashew, almond, Brazil nut and peanuts. Polyunsaturated fats are found in many plant sources such as in walnuts, but they are also found in fatty fish. Omega 3 fatty acids belong to this type of good fats.

The omega 3 fatty acids can be found in especially huge concentration on fatty fish. These fish include mackerel, salmon, tuna and herring. This is the reason why it is a good health idea to substitute red meats for fish whenever we can.

"It not only plays a vital role in the health of the membrane of every cell in our body, it also helps protect us from a number of key health threats," says Laurie Tansman, a nutritionist at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Omega 3 fatty acids benefit the body by reducing the risk of heart diseases as well as stroke. It also lowers the risk of chronic conditions like hypertension, depression, chronic pain, ADHD as well as other rheumatoid problems. It is also suggested that Omega 3 fatty acids can help boost the immune system, protecting the body from many illnesses and infections.

Omega 3s also reduces the negative effects of another essential fatty acid, Omega 6. Omega 6 is beneficial to the body because it supports many beneficial functions, but too much of it can be harmful to the health. The presence of omega 3 fatty acids in the body balances out the harmful effects of Omega 6.

The American Heart Association advises Americans to consume at least two servings of fish a week, such as tuna and salmon. If you don’t like fish, there are other plant sources of Omega 3 fatty acids, such as flaxseed and walnuts. An ounce of walnuts is said to have 2.5 grams of omega 3 acids, equal to about 3.5 ounces of salmon.