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Omega 3 and Heart Health

Adelaide chiropractors recognise that people who are diet conscious always seek to avoid fats in their diet – in actual fact though, good fats are essential for optimum health and long-term wellbeing.

Fats are a foreign substance to the body, despite them being essential for our survival. Omega 3 fats are the most beneficial and must be consumed to enter the body. Polyunsaturated fats are important for growth and brain functions, and also help with heart health because they lower triglycerides and cholesterol.

Other conditions like arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease have also been linked to low levels of Omega 3 and fatty acids in the blood.

So how can this help the heart?

Well, omega 3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation through the body which can actually damage blood vessels and lead to heart disease. Decreasing triglycerides, lowering blood pressure and hence reducing blood clotting serves to boost immunity, improve arthritis symptoms and generally contribute to longer-lasting improved cardiac health.

Recent research has also found that Omega 3 fatty acids are an excellent natural alternative to treating blood conditions, such as clotting and heart disease, rating better than pharmacologically produced substances like warfarin and aspirin.

The European study found that Omega 3 rich diets in those with heart disease experienced less frequent and less severe blood clotting, experienced lower levels of stress and reported feeling more energetic and positive.

Unfortunately, modern diets to not receive the 4 grams of Omega 3 fatty acids that are recommended frequently enough. Excellent sources of the EPA and DHA components of fatty acids are most commonly found in cold-water fish (such as salmon, tune and sardines), canola oil, soy products (soybean, oils etc), tofu, flaxseed, walnuts and some leafy green vegetables.

These are commonly found ingredients here in Australia and are relatively inexpensive and readily available for purchase. For those that can’t seem to get enough however, high quality supplements are available on the market.

Our Chiropractic clinic stocks an excellent omega 3 supplement called “Omega Sufficiency”, which helps to boost vitality and strength, as well as offering all of the benefits of general omega 3 consumption.

We also advocate regular exercise and a balanced diet to ensure the body and its functions are working to their optimum level consistently. Regular chiropractic care can also address any issues within your musculoskeletal system that might be holding you back from exercising at your highest level and getting the most cardiovascular benefit.

If you have any questions regarding heart health or the benefits of Omega 3 supplementation, please do not hesitate to ask at your next consultation.

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