By now, you’re probably familiar with the term ‘essential fatty acids’. It’s taken off in the wellness world – and for good reason. But you might be asking, “What exactly are essential fatty acids and how can they benefit me?” Simply put, omega-3 fatty acids are a class of polyunsaturated fatty acids and are made up of two components: EPA and DHA. They are dietary fats with a variety of health benefits and anti-inflammatory properties, and are commonly found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. If you’re keen to know more about the benefits of fish oil, we’ve rounded up three scientifically proven health and wellbeing benefits:
It aids mental wellbeing: The quality of our wellbeing is largely underestimated and is comprised of our mental, physical and emotional health. Inflammation is one of the main mechanisms in the development and pathophysiology of mood disorders such as depression, postpartum depression and bipolar. The two components of omega-3 fatty acids – which are EPA and DHA – help to reduce the manufacture and release of inflammatory compounds, which are associated with depression.
It boosts skin health: Over the last few decades, our consumption of omega-6 fatty acids – which are found in many animal fats – has increased which has, in turn, increased the production of inflammatory antibodies that can lead to allergic responses and skin conditions, such as dermatitis. Fish oil helps to aid many skin conditions, as it can displace the components of omega-6 fatty acids and reduce the level of inflammation in the body and the skin.
- It assists with joint health: Fish oil is known to have a pain relief effect for those experiencing arthritis due to its high content of omega-3 components, EPA and DHA. EPA and DHA are used in the regulation of lipids, which are involved in the process of inflammation. Therefore, EPA and DHA rich oil can have the ability to exert an anti-inflammatory effect, making it a beneficial treatment for joint pain.
While we advocate consuming rich sources of omega-3s in our food, it can be difficult to consume adequate amounts through our diet alone – especially for those fussy eaters out there. That’s why we’ve created the JSHealth Fish Oil, a high-purity fish oil supplement to support health and wellbeing.
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