It’s so important to consume plentiful amounts of health fats – known as Omega 3 and 6 – in your diet as they are important for proper brain functioning, for a healthy nervous system, and they are part of each and every cell membrane. So healthy Omega 3 and 6 fats = healthy organs, healthy skin, nails and hair (which we all love)
They are called essential fats because we need to consume them, as our body can’t produce them. There is also growing evidence that they can lower the risk of heart disease and protect against type 2 diabetes, brain decline in old age and Alzheimers disease. So for healthy ageing lets up our essential fatty acid intake.
However… it’s actually really important that we consume them in balanced amounts, as too much of one can affect the metabolism of the other. This is because they both compete for the same enzyme which helps with their metabolism. So – If you consume too much Omega 6 vs omega 3 in your diet, like most of the population, you’re at risk of increased inflammation in your body as well as increased heart disease. So keep this in mind and increase your Omega 3 food levels in addition to consuming the great omega 6 foods in your diet.
If you’re pregnant it’s REALLY important that you are consuming enough omega 3 for your baby, to reduce the risk of them developing nerve or vision problems. And whilst we’re at it, your kids need loads of good omega 3 for healthy brain and vision development too.
If you don’t consume enough omega 3 you might experience dry, itchy, flakey or patchy skin; dandruff and brittle hair; brittle or splitting nails; dry eyes; exhaustion and depression; also women can have terrible Pre Menstrual breast pain and painful menstrual cramping.
Omega 3 food sources are: fatty fishes like salmon, tuna and mackeral; flaxseed oil. Fried fish battered with chips don’t count unfortunately.
Omega 6 food sources are: canola oil, most nuts and seeds, tofu, peanut butter, soybeans, olive oil.
So in summary – eat more fish to ensure you are getting enough Omega 3 in your diet, in addition to all the other wonderful nutrients that they provide.