What is Omega-3?
Omega-3 is the most well known of the omega oils, but also one which we probably aren’t getting enough of. Typical diets are consuming more omega-6 than omega-3, but a balance of the two is needed for optimum health. The main dietary sources of omega-3 are oily fish, which gives us Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and plant based sources like flax and chia seeds which give us Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is considered an essential fatty acid as we cannot produce it and it must be obtained from our diets. EPA and DHA are also essential to maintaining optimum health as they are play roles in brain function, normal growth and development as well as the fact that omega-3 fatty acids can reduce the risk of heart related problems. Omega-3 oils have been linked with the brain, and with long term, regular supplementation may lead to improved cognitive functions like memorisation. It may also reduce the bad kinds of cholesterol in the blood (LDL), and increase the good kinds (HDL) which may support heart health.
Omega-3 is the most well known and popular of the omega oils, so there are an abundance of supplements to choose from. If you would like an omega oil rich in EPA and DHA, you can try a fish or krill oil supplement, available in capsules so there is no fishy odour. If you would prefer a plant based omega supplement, there are seed oils available from a variety of sources such as chia and flax. You can use the filters below to find the product which best suits your needs.