Omega 3 fatty acids are regarded as essential fatty acids that the body cannot produce by itself. Instead they need to be procured from foods, specifically fish, krill and other seafood along with some plants and nut oils.
Some omega 3s are simpler than others with ALA being the simplest one. This type of omega 3 is procured from plants and the body can convert it to other forms of omega 3s. The other types that are very well known for their health benefits are known as DHA and EPA and are sourced from fish and seafood.
In terms of benefits, both DHA and EPA are superior as they offer benefits involving the support of many body systems and the reduced risk of many chronic diseases.
Omega 3 concentrations are highest in the brain and nervous system. These fatty acids are needed for the protection of cells, optimal functioning of the neurons and decreased cell death while improving nerve transmission.
Inflammation is a condition that occurs when the body tries to protect itself from infection from foreign elements such as bacteria and viruses. However, in certain conditions, the body’s immune system can trigger an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to ward off. These diseases are known as autoimmune diseases causing the body’s otherwise protective system to cause damage to its own tissues.
Omega 3s have a long history of being effectively anti-inflammatory in nature and are considered potent remedies for treating many inflammatory condition such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis among others. The symptoms of these conditions are often redness, swelling, joint pain and stiffness, arterial blockage and so on. Omega 3s have the potential to partly inhibit these aspects of inflammation and sometimes reverse the damage caused by the autoimmune response of the body.