These days you may pick up a various list of items at your grocery store see "omega 3" plastered across it, leaving you to wonder what it actually is and why you should even care. As you may know omega 3's are commonly found in fish products but they are also common in flaxseeds, walnuts, soybean and other various foods.
Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids and the most common types are alpha-linolenic acid(ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA is considered an essential fatty acid, meaning your body does not manufacture it so you need to consume it.
What do they do for you? Omega-3's are most known for being able to reduce the risk of heart disease and improve your cholesterol levels as well as reducing symptoms of hypertension, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, depression, and prevents excessive blood clotting. Omega-3's also benefit other conditions like dry skin and brittle nails, fatigue, poor concentration, and joint pain.
How much should you take? The FDA recommends optimal consumption of Omega-3's be at 3g per day. It should also be avoided by those who are prone to or recovering from strokes due to Omega-3's blood thinning effects.
Where can you get it? If you aren't one prone to eating copious amounts of fish or nuts you can find proper amounts of nutrient from supplements such as Omega-3 fish oils or flaxseed at your local nutritional store.