what are omega 3 fatty acids good for

What Are Omega 3 Fatty Acids Good For

Would you believe that fat can be good for you in some way? Well, it is true. There are some interesting facts you might want to get familiar with.  What are omega 3 fatty acids good for?

Omega 3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that are helpful in some ways. This article is all related to their benefits on our look and there are no claims about their effects regarding health issues. However, many doctors such as Gary Heiting OD claim there are benefits on eye health, to name just one particular organ we are definitely very concerned about.

What are omega 3 fatty acids good for

To see the benefits, we first need to understand what this nutrient is in essence and why is it so important for us.

FATTY ACIDS can be seen as building blocks of fat. They are important for the body to work properly. Our cells, muscles and organs need them. Do you know that our brain consists of almost sixty percent of fat? And that’s just the brain.

OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS are poly-unsaturated acids found widely in nature. They play an important role in lipid metabolism.

There are three sorts of omega−3 fatty acids essential for humans:
1. α-linolenic acid (ALA),
2. eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and
3. docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

ALA is found in plants and seeds and EPA and DHA are found in marine oils.

Why do we need to be concerned about these fatty acids?
Our body can’t synthesize ALA. We have to consume it in our food. However, if we supply the body with ALA, it can use it to supply EPA and DHA.

How do omega 3 fatty acids affect our look

Knowing the facts stated above, it is obvious that these fatty acids do affect our look to a great extent.

what are omega 3 fatty acids good for: healthy skin
what are omega 3 fatty acids good for: healthy skin

SKIN

Omega-3 fatty acids keep your skin hydrated. Well, seeing how daily consumption of them works on my skin, I agree the skin is more plump and elastic which is certainly associated with moisture as well.

Another interesting information I found doing my research on the facts and figures was that
“Researchers discovered that women who consumed half a teaspoon of omega-3-rich flax seed oil each day increased skin hydration by 39 percent after 12 weeks. Their skin also felt significantly less rough and was less sensitive.” So much the facts written by CanyonRanch.

Let’s look what other experts say about the consequences of Omega-3 on our skin:

David Bank, MD, the director of the Center for Dermatology in Mt. Kisco, NY claims “They delay the skin’s aging process to stop wrinkles.” Results of a study show that EPA (the carboxylic acid found in fish food) helps block the release of ultraviolet-induced enzymes that consume collagen in your skin which results in wrinkles and sagging skin

Omega 3 is useful in treating and preventing skin diseases like psoriasis, allergies and acne. Natural sunscreen properties of omega 3 help to guard the skin from harmful UV rays and thereby aid in preventing and treating photo dermatitis or sun sensitivity. These fatty acids help revitalize and rejuvenate the skin and reduce the melanin synthesis to enhance and maintain proper skin tone and further help to make the skin look smooth, radiant, soft and flawless.”

Impressive, isn’t it?

what are omega 3 fatty acids good for: healthy hair
what are omega 3 fatty acids good for: healthy hair

HAIR

Omega 3 fatty acids can make your hair more shiny and less dry as well as keep a healthy scalp.

EverydayHealth, specifically Beth W. Orenstein, calls Omega-3 vitamin for hair. She points out that
Dermatology, revealed that taking omega-3 and omega-6 supplements for 6 months, along with antioxidants, acts efficiently against hair loss and improves hair density.”

As to the daily dose, the recommendation of Soheil Simzar MD, a clinical instructor of dermatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a dermatologist, is 600 mg of omega-3 fatty acids to benefit from the effects. However, it is recommended to ask your doctor first if you have if you have fish allergy, diabetes or high blood pressure. Better to be safe.

Omega-3 is can be efficient in case you have problems with dry and brittle hair, itchy scalp or dandruff and hair fall. DHA and EPA nourish the hair follicles which may result in stronger and healthier hair.”

See what are omega 3 fatty acids good for? Both the skin and the hair.

You might be asking why has it become such a big thing lately, thinking: well, our ancestors didn’t use to take any omega 3 supplements so why do we need them now?

The fact is that it’s a problem of our modern diet. Our ancestors used to eat much more natural food compared to what we eat today. Processed foods is what I mean. Not only does processed food contain a lot of sugar (or at least carbohydrates) and salt but it is deficient in omega−3 fatty acids.

salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids
salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids

Sources of omega 3 fatty acids

Sources of ALA:
chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp oil, walnuts

Sources of EPA and DHA:
– fatty fish like salmon, tuna, pollock, cod, sardines, mackerel and other sea food
– supplements containing EPA and DHA

As I suggested earlier in this article, EPA and DHA can be produced if you’ve got sufficient intake of ALA. That means you would have to consume flax seeds, chia seeds or flax oil in increased amounts. Another option is to get top quality omega 3 supplements from certified producers.

My experience with Omega 3 fatty acids

Now I want to tell you about my personal experience with omega 3 fatty acids. Being an avid fan of nutritional supplements, I’ve known about the effects of omega 3 but I didn’t have any serious problems so there was no need. That’s what I thought. However, my face started to be more and more dry as it was aging. My skin type is mixed and I always had a problem with oily skin on my nose so I have never thought I could have problems with “drying” skin.

Seeing the signs of drying and new wrinkles, I remembered all I knew about omega 3 benefits and started to take one capsule a day (sometimes two). There were results visible on the skin around my eyes after a month already! The skin was more hydrated, less dry and more plump. I’m not saying I have a skin like a baby but still, the results are great. Since that time I’ve been taking them to date.

The simplest way to begin with is to increase the amount of omega 3 in your diet from food which means adding flax seeds or chia seeds to your daily meals. I add these seeds to my morning shake every day. The shake is more filling with that as well.

You can also start using an Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplement. These supplements are usually made from salmon or other fatty fish and it’s just fish oil in gelatine capsules. Always look for premium quality made from 100% non-GMO wild-caught fish, like this one: Omega 3 Fish Oil.

Did this article give you the answer to the question what are omega 3 fatty acids good for? Do you have questions about it? Don’t hesitate to ask! I’ll be very happy to help you out.

 

29 thoughts on “What Are Omega 3 Fatty Acids Good For

  1. Hello there, thanks for this awesome article, its very interesting and informative and I know it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me. Omega 3 fatty acids are very necessary nutrients that the body cannot do without as it is a skin and look transformative. I would advice to everyone who hasn’t tried it out to do so immediately.

    1. Thank you Feji ben, I am glad you found this article helpful and informative. It really is one of the key nutrients and it has many more other benefits than just those mentioned in this article. 

  2. A very interesting article. I have been taking omega 3 fatty acids for some time now and they really do assist in keeping your body healthy. You provide great resources for how to find omega 3 to consume. Explanations for how the body uses omega 3 is a great way to encourage people to try using different sources to find the best one for them. Thank you for all the information.

    1. I’m glad you found the article informative, Lovey. I think it’s always good to know how we can take care of ourselves. There are so many sources that can help us prevent aging, improve our skin and hair and feel good. 

  3. Hello Lenka,

    It is very rare to find articles that shows what is Omega 3 fatty acid good for, yours is one of the extremely informative articles, the Omega 3 topic is an ongoing hot topic since a decade now and everyone is interested in it. 

    I never knew that Omega 3 positively affected eye health, and that powerful effect on skin hydration. I my opinion Omega 3 future studies will show even more benefits.

    Would love to know more about Omega 3 in Salmon? If cooked does it lose the nutrient? 

    Thanks. 

    1. Hello Jordan,
      I have known of the positive effects for a long time but doing more research for this article, I’ve found such awesome facts as the effects on eye health and, not to forget, omega 3 are the only proven nutrient that affects brain, there are already studies about that. 
      As to the salmon (as well as other fish), nutrients do not get lost if cooked but frying or canning is reported to destroy a lot of omega 3 content. Slow cooking is the most recommended method.

  4. I’m particularly interested in the benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids regarding my hair. I had no idea that consistently taking omega-3 and omega-6 for at least 6 months was enough defense against hair loss. But even more intriguing, is the idea that these vitamins can also improve hair density.

    This has been really informative. Thanks for sharing

    1. It is indeed very interesting. Omega 3 is also a key nutrient for brain so there are so many benefits I think everyone should consider adding it to their diet. 

  5. Thank you for the great article about Omega 3. I totally agree that, unfortunately, our modern diets are based on mostly processed food, with little natural nutrients. Thanks to my son’s suggestion, I now take a daily supplement of Omega-3 fish oil. I also add walnuts to my morning cereal, which also includes flaxseeds. Overall, I feel better now than before I was taking Omega-3.

    1. That’s amazing Jose, so nice to hear that you feel better after adding omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. It has so many benefits that it almost looks like a solution for everything. That it isn’t, of course, but everyone should be familiar with it, in my opinion. 

  6. Hello Lenka,

    What an excellently well written article! Wow! Your site is beautiful and the text flows with clear descriptive content. You also performed a valuable service to your readers with specific ways to improve their skin health with the effective use of Omega-3 fatty acids.

    I too supplement my diet with chia seeds!

    Best, John

    1. That’s great John, chia seeds are superfood with many benefits not only omega 3 fatty acids. You seem to be concerned of your diet, good thing to do something for your health and energy.
      I am glad I could provide you with some additional information why this nutrient is so beneficial for us.
      Thank you for taking time to comment!

  7. Everything that exists, does it for a reason (we’re essentially perfect). Thanks for delivering a very detailed and comprehensive article!

    Definitely agreed, our modern lifestyle is killing us, our bodies are facing threats modernisation imposes on us. Thanks for sharing your personal experience! Having visible results after a month only would be great for anyone (but remember, the changes that happen within your body are the ones that matter the most!).

    1. Juan, thank you for your opinion. Sure the changes that happen in the body matter most. The internal changes are reflected on the external ones then. That’s why everything what we eat matters. A happy and content mind is essential but also the food and drinks. They affect our appearance to a greater extent than people realize. 

  8. Omega-3 fatty acids: ALA, EPA, and DHA is also good for our vision and brain health. Because it helps with improving the health of the retina. Aside from maintaining the health of the retina and the iris, the DHA omega-3 is responsible for one more thing: It protects us from macular degeneration which can cause vision impairment and blindness.

    1. Thank you for confirming this information! People really should know that and be more aware of how they can actively affect the condition of their body.

  9. I think this site serves a great purpose besides all these influencers out there, I really am wondering about omega 3 and general stuff for health and beauty.. I think it is very important to take care of ourselves well and stay fit. I’m looking forward to more articles on this site to find out more information about such things.

    1. It is indeed very important to take care of ourselves and stay as fit as we can. It is my life-long concern I am very passionate about so there are many more topics and suggestions I’m going to write about in the days ahead.

  10. Hi

    I did not know that Omega 3 helps you to keep your skin and hair healthy. I am using a lot chia and flax seed and I am eating plenty of fish but I did not know that it may help my skin or my hair too. 

    My question is, if I put the seeds in  hot milk, does it destroy all the nutrients? 

    Thanks

    1. Oh, another lover of seeds! Nice to see that 🙂
      And a great question as well! If the milk is not boiling, it shouldn’t destroy any nutrients. Even slow cooking (when cooking a fish) doesn’t harm it but frying is supposed to destroy a lot of omega 3. 
      I use lukewarm milk for my protein shake, sometimes a bit warmer but never too hot. I couldn’t drink it anyway if it was too hot. 

  11. Many thanks to you for sharing such a beautiful article with us. This is a very interesting article. And I hope this article will help many people. I’ve been consuming omega-3 for a week to keep my body healthy and it provided great results. It’s nice to see how the body has used the nutrient to its benefit. You certainly deserve praise for showing a great way. I used omega-3 for my hair and it has helped me against hair fall. And I could see that my hair got thicker which I really enjoyed. Thank you again for this very informative article.

    1. Thanks for your nice words of appreciation. I really love this nutrient as it has so many benefits, not only the ones I stressed in the article regarding skin and hair. 

  12. Wow, thank you for this awesome article. It is very interesting and informative, I found a lot of information that is useful for me personally in this article. I’ve been using omega 3 fatty acids for a while now and they really help keep the body in good condition, of course combined with other things as well. 

    1. I personally consider this nutrient as one of the most important ones for our fitness and think that people need to know about it. There are even studies showing the effects of this nutrient on our brain and it is impressive.
      I for myself can definitely prove that the effects on skin and hair are very pleasant. 

  13. The title of the website matches the content on it as it is aimed at improving woman’s beauty, youthful skin and shiny long hair. The blog posts are really interesting to read and there are quite a few visuals to see, and the information is extensive. I love that persons have commented on your blog posts and they have found the information very useful. I also notice that you included attitude as a need for beauty, which is not something you can take, such as supplements, but it is a very important part of achieving good health. I endorse the fact that one’s attitude can determine your altitude.With a positive attitude, anyone can achieve greatness.

  14. Hey, I enjoyed reading your article on omega 3 fatty acids and learned some new things from it even though I have some experience with omega 3 already.  I have heard about good effects of it when I had some skin issues and I thought it would be worth trying. I also noticed good results visible on my face after a while, the skin was less dry and more plump. It is a good thing.

    1. It really is one of the best things you can do for your skin to keep it nurtured from the inside, getting nutrients from your diet and supplements. You can get a lot of omega 3 fatty acids from salmon or tuna but if someone doesn’t like fish (and I know a few people like this), then it’s good to reach out for some high quality supplement. There are so many nowadays. And the difference between the skin of someone who cares and someone who doesn’t is almost unbelievable. 

  15. Hello. I’m glad your article confirms some information I already know about omega 3 fatty acids. I know we cannot synthesize them, they must be ingested with food. Nutritionists recommend eating fish at least 3 times a week, but is that really enough? Considering the omega 3 fatty acids affect so many body functions, should we not strive to consume them every day?  
    I usually don’t have fish very often so I think a supplement is best for me anyway. Do you think the quality of the supplements and the amount of omega 3 in them differ a lot? 

    1. The quality and the amount of omega 3 fatty acids in supplements vary a lot. I agree, we should eat them every single day; apart from fish they are also in flax seeds and some other foods in smaller amounts. I do take supplements as well because the results on my skin and hair are really visible.

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