Do you know what Omega-3s are? Do you know that Omega-3s fats are important during all the stages of life? Well, to find out more about Omega-3, check out the article entitled The Health Benefits of Omega-3 DHA, published in Today’s Parents Magazine, April 2011.
The article outlines that Omega-3s are a type of polyunsaturated fat well known for good health. There are three main types of Omega-3 fats: ALS, DHA and EPA. Omega-3s are essential nutrients for the development of the brain and eyes in infants and have many health benefits for adults. Some of the specific benefits of adding these nutrients to your daily diet include:
· Healthy eyes and brain in babies and children
· In adults, DHAs are strongly associated with lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke
· Studies suggest that the anti-inflammatory properties of these fatty acids may reduce the stiffness and pain of joins afflicted with arthritis
Some of the foods that contain Omega-3s are:
· Fish , e.g. salmon, mackerel, sardines
· Walnuts, ground flax seeds
· DHA-enriched milk products
There is no official recommendation in terms of how much is enough. However, experts suggest a daily intake for healthy adults of DHA plus EPA in the range of 250 to 500 mg. Daily intake for children is proposed as 100 to 150 mg. Visit the website dailyfoodness.ca/omega3 for more information.
Written by Michelle Sutherland