Fatty Acids and Your Health

Fatty Acids and Your Health

  • Fatty Acids in Fish and Supplements

The FDA recommends eating two servings of fatty fish per week to maintain a health level of fatty acids in your body.  While a lot of people either don’t like fish or have little time to go to get fresh fish to cook during their busy schedules (fresh fish is preferred), this protein is encouraged for more than just a “round diet”.  If you fall into the category of folks who dislike fish, do yourself a favor and take Omega-3 fatty acid supplements regularly!

Fatty acids have been linked to some major health benefits explained in more detail here:

Heart Health

By following the recommended 1-2 servings of fatty fish per week, people were found less likely to develop arrhythmia’s, lower triglyceride levels, slowed growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and even lower blood pressure!  These are all major points to keep your heart in tip top shape and functioning properly.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Fatty acids found in fish have been linked to reducing pain and inflammation from diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis when coupled with NSAIDs.  Imagine less chronic pain and discomfort from a simple dietary change.

Current Research

There are currently clinical trials being conducted to link fatty acids and their positive effects on: diabetes, osteoporosis, ADHD, IBD, breast cancer, prostate cancer and many more!

Scared to take the plunge?  Try using regular supplements and cooking fish sparingly until you find “your fish”.  Fish is such a versatile protein that is often shrugged off because of fear of how to cook it at home.  When you order fish at a restaurant, it’s typically much more expensive and cooked in a way that may seem intimidating.  Eatingwell.com has a lot of easy to follow recipes that are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and are relatively simple to make!