Once eaten, the body converts ALA to EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA are more readily used by the body. Extensive research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help prevent certain chronic diseases such as heart disease and arthritis. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-3-000316.htm
When it comes to cancer prevention the jury is still out as there are some disagreements between the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
The good news though is that the Omega 3 reduces:
- 1. Inflammation (specifically important for after surgery)
2. Increases HDL (Healthy) Cholesterol specifically noted with the Mediterreanean Diet
3. Lowers Blood Pressure
4. Prevents heart disease and stroke
5. Decreases risk of diabetes
6. Eases arthritis pain
7. Weightloss “staple” fat (instead of butter a Saturated Fat)
8. Increase Calcium levels in the body
9. Help nerve cells communicate for good mental health 10. Promotes wound healing in “Burn Patients”.
11. Studies on Colon, Breast and Prostrate Cancer are being researched.
By Kimberly Crocker
Great info on Omega 3s. Thanks for a great post on all of the many benefits.