Omega-3 Fatty Acids. That doesn’t exactly scream “slimming” does it? However,
these fats [scratch that] fats, in general, should be an essential part of any person’s diet for various reasons, including weight loss.
From supporting hormone balance to improving metabolism to reducing menstrual pain to improving brain function – fats have so many different benefits for our bodies, not including them in your diet would be a HUGE mistake. But more about fats in general in a separate article. This one’s about Omega-3s in particular.
Personally, I definitely felt a difference after I increased Omega-3s in my diets. Before adding them to my diet, my skin was always dry and nails crackly. No matter what moisturizer I used, I would still have those dry spots on my face and no matter what healing nail gel I used, my nails were still constantly breaking.
After doing some research, I learned that you need to hydrate yourself from the inside out. So I started drinking more water, eating more fats, and added Omega-3s to my diet. Now, my skin feels softer (I could easily go a day or two without even moisturizing my face) and nails are soooo much stronger (at one point, people didn’t even believe that my nails were real because they got so strong and long)!
Not to mention, I sleep better and feel more motivated and focused throughout the day – and, honestly, I never complained about these things and didn’t even know they could improve until they actually did!
So, what are Omega-3 fatty acids exactly? They are 3 main fatty acids that are part of the polyunsaturated fat family. Two of them – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) – come from fish, while the third – alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) – comes from vegetable oils, nuts, and other non-marine sources. Trust me when I say, these fatty acids are ones you definitely don’t want to cut back on. Not only does your body need them to function properly, but they also have a bunch of other health benefits. Here are a few of them:
Good for your skin, hair & nails
Is your skin dry? You may be missing Omega-3s in your diet. Many people tend to take care of their skin from the outside, but forget that it all comes from inside. Omega-3s will not only nourish your skin from the inside out but prevent premature aging and moisturize it too – which is why it’s extremely important to include these fatty acids in your diet when the weather is colder and skin is at its driest. Not to mention, these fatty acids will also nourish hair follicles, making your hair stronger and shinier, plus reduce the brittleness of your nails, making them less likely to crack.
Lowers blood pressure
Studies have proven that adding Omega-3s to your diet is a natural way to lower blood pressure. In fact, according to the American Journal Of Hypertension, Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce blood pressure just as effectively as lifestyle changes such as limiting alcohol, reducing salt intake, or exercising more. It is thought that these fatty acids help blood vessels dilate, making it easier for the heart to push blood around the body.
Research shows that increasing Omega-3s in your diet can sharpen your memory. Not to mention, they give protection against various brain disorders ranging from depression to anxiety to dementia. This makes sense because the brain is made up of mostly fats, 60% of which are Omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
Promotes weight loss
Omega-3s can help with weight loss in many different ways. From increasing your metabolic rate so you burn body fat faster to lowering the cortisol levels (a stress-related hormone that causes you to store fat rather than burn it) to lowering blood sugar levels and increasing your energy and drive to exercise – the benefits are endless and there is definitely an important connection between Omega-3s and weight loss.
So, where can you find Omega-3 fatty acids? Naturally, they’re found in certain fish, as well as nuts and seeds. Here are 10 different natural sources of Omega-3s:
- Chia seeds
- White fish
- Hemp seeds
Bottom line – Omega-3 fatty acids have soooo many health benefits, it would be a shame not adding them to your diet! You can add these fatty acids to your diet naturally, by eating more foods high in Omega-3s, or regularly take fish oil capsules.
If you enjoyed this article about Omega-3s or have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below – your opinion means a lot! 🙂