With so many people looking to omega-3 as part of a natural health regimen, it is important for them to know which brand is best for the money and the results. I spoke with Dr. Melina Jampolis, Internist and one of the few hundred board-certified clinical nutrition specialists in the U.S. and author of The Calendar Diet (2012), on the superfoods we should be eating and how we can make sure we are getting the necessary nutrients these superfoods provide.
Examiner: What are omega-3s?
Jampolis: Omega-3 fatty acids refer to a group of three essential fats called ALA, EPA, and DHA. Because the body doesn't make them, it is important to get them from the foods we eat or a good supplement, like Omax3.
Examiner: What is the definition of superfoods?
Jampolis: Superfoods are in a category that go beyond calories and micro-nutrients. They take it to the next level of phytonutrients. Super foods are disease-modifying agents that impact health through prevention.
Examiner: When people think of omega-3s, they think fish. What foods should be on the menu for those who don't like the taste of fish?
Jampolis: Non-fish omega-3s are plant based, such as walnuts and flax, but they contain ALA, not DHA and EPA and only a small amount ALA is converted to EPA and DHA, which are the omega-3s with the most research supporting heart health and inflammation.
Dried beans and lentils are good sources of polyphenols, another super nutrient. Spices, such as curry, turmeric and marjoram are also good sources. These same sources are also good for maintaining a healthy weight.
Examiner: What is so special about Omax3?
Jampolis: Omax3 contains no contaminants and is pure and clear. The supplements are triple-tested by an independent source. One dose of Omax3 is equal to the content in 16 Krill oil softgels. Omax3 has a good balance of EPA and DHA.
Examiner: For those who may not be aware, what health benefits do omega-3 fatty acids provide?
Jampolis: Many diseases begin with inflammation. Omega-3s fight inflammation. They also help ease the pain of achy joints, relieve dry eyes, lower triglycerides and improve the mood.
Examiner: Should everyone be taking omega-3 supplements?
Jampolis: It would be good for everyone to take a supplement. So few people eat fatty fish. Omega-3s are necessary for the development of the brain and play a big part in the prevention of many inflammatory diseases.
Examiner: What should people know about any supplement before taking?
Jampolis: Don't get your information from celebrities. Take the advice of experts. Supplements should also be FDA regulated.
Take it from the expert, omega-3s play a huge role in naturally preventing disease and helping relieve the underlying cause of achy joints and other serious diseases. Pregnant women should discuss taking Omax3 with their physicians. A developing brain should have every advantage.