Omega-3 fatty acids

Quick summary of the science :

Omega-3 fatty acids, are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), it gets it’s name, from the position of the double bond, which is  between the third and fourth carbon atoms from the tail end.  The three types of omega-3s  involved in human physiology are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), found in plant oils, and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both commonly found in marine oils.

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for normal metabolism. Cells use them to talk to each other.

The messages are typically anti-inflammatory.

Omega-6 fatty acids, the other big category of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), are also used for cell talk, but the messages they send are pro-inflammatory. Click the button below to learn more.

Omega-3 passing LPS to enzyme that helps clean up in the gut

A little house keeping in the colon, will help stop inflammation

Endotoxemia (LPS) is contributes to the low grade inflammation associated with obesity – but it shouldn’t be circulating, house keeping should sweep it away

Eskimo eating fish

What is the best way to get your omega-3 ?

Most health gurus encourage “fish” consumption, this could mean eating a fish dinner or swallowing a fish oil supplement, both have omega-3s. One is better than the other

Macrophages chipping away to create more space for expanding fat cell

Fat cells run into trouble when the “renovators” NEVER LEAVE

Fat cells are capable of putting a stop to inflammation. But, when you’ve got metabolic troubles, they aren’t doing it.  But you can help them…………..

Fishing for memories

Catch more memories with a little omega-3

This week’s Neurotechnology Tip provides a way improve your working memory, that doesn’t involve hitting the books….

Arming a sperm

Are your sperm leaving the station unarmed ?

When omega-3 supplies are low, the sperm that leave the station are not quite the right shape. Too much drag, means they never have a fighting chance ….

Sticking a broken neuron together

To stick nerves back together use a tube of omega-3 glue

If your peripheral nerves need a little help reconnecting due to an injury or due to a neuropathy, then stick them back together with a little omega-3 glue

Baby in the womb playing ping pong

Before birth exposure to fish oil scores game, set and match

Supplementing with fish oil in the second half of pregnancy helps create a highly co-ordinated chatter box two year old. This is an advantage, I promise.

Pouring oil on a stiff guinea pig

Lubricate those joints with a daub of fish oil to prevent osteoarthritis

If you get a squeaky greeting each time you get out of the chair or your joints have seized altogether, try daub some omega-3 oil on your biological hinges.

Embedding the egg princess in the womb

How to build a strong connection in the womb

Long before the emotional bond between a Mom and baby is formed, there is a physical bond – the placenta. The quality of this bond shapes your pregnancy.

Pregnant women experiencing the blues

If the prospect of motherhood has left you weepy……go fish

A daily dose of fish oil, is able to perk up the mood of mildly depressed pregnant women, making it a safe viable alternative to anti-depressants

Resisting alcohol cravings.

How to stop alcohol cravings when you’re feeling low

If you find yourself often attracted to that bottle of booze, because the stresses and strains of life have left you feeling flat, try a fishy pick me up.

Omega-3 sitting on the moon helping a child to sleep

How well your child dreams tonight impacts their report card

If your little ones report card is keeping you up at night, try an omega-3 supplement, it will improve your child’s sleep, ensuring you sleep a little easier

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