There are three types of Omega 3 Fatty
- ALA: Alpha-linolenic acid (plant-based; this is what's found in chia
seeds, and the only one considere Essential)
- EPA: Eicosapentaenoic acid ( animal based )
- DHA: Docosahexaenoic acid ( animal
In the 1980s, there was a
surge of attention focused on fish and fish oil as the highest-quality source of omega-3. It was not until flax
seed and linseed oil became popular that ALA began to gain attention too. With the re-introduction of chia as a new
and better source, more studies on chia and ALA can be expected.
Reasons why Omega 3 is very important
1. Without omega 3, the
human body simply cannot function properly.
2. Sources of omega 3,
whether ALA, EPA or DHA are always important because our bodies are unable to manufacture them, and so we must
source them from food.
3. Other sources of omega 3 like flaxseed are
easily damaged by heat, light, and oxygen. Oxidation in food, as we know, can promote diseases like cancer,
cardiovascular diseases, cataracts, a decline in immune system and brain dysfunction. But chia’s natural
antioxidants keep the omega 3 fatty acid stable and prevent the seeds from going rancid.
4. Fish, a high source of
omega 3 EFA, has wonderful health benefits but can also contain levels of mercury and other toxic substances that
could be harmful to pregnant women and children.
what’s so essential about Omega 3 ?
- They attract oxygen. The more omega 3 we eat, the more oxygen
is carried by the blood to the cells. This is essential for energy, healing and overall
- Promotes healthy sleep patterns and mood
- Increase our ability to utilize sunlight to increase oxygen activity
- Energy created by omega 3 produce bio-electrical currents that
stimulate healthy nerve, muscle and membrane function
- Improve cardiovascular health
- Help strengthen the immune system which fight infection and build
resistance to diseases and allergies
- Boost brain power, improves mental focus and concentration and may aid
patients suffering from depression and anxiety, schizophrenia, Huntington’s disease, and bipolar
- Are curative and speed up recovery time after exercise, sport, physical
work and illness
- Increase the body’s metabolic rate leading to fat burn and loss of
- Source of energy, strength and endurance
- Disperse fatty acids and cholesterol in the bloodstream, which helps
prevent arteries from clogging
- Have a blood thinning effect and discourage excessive blood
- Lower the blood-triglyceride level and raise the level of high-density
lipoproteins (HDLs) the good lipoproteins that help prevent cholesterol buildup in the
- Have an anti-inflammatory effect
- Benefits have also been reported in rheumatoid arthritis
and circulatory problems
- Have anti-cancer effects, reducing risk (of breast cancer), reducing
tumor growth (prostate), slowed cancer progression and increased patient survival.
- In children, omega 3 fatty acid has shown to alleviate mental disorders
such as aggression and ADHD.