Why Lack of Omega-3 Fats is Harmful to Your Health

Posted on October 9th, 2009 by admin  |  9 Comments »

Omega-3 fat deficiency is killing more Americans than eating too much trans fats, according to a Harvard study.

Looking at 2005 data from the National Health Center for Health Statistics, researchers mathematically determined that between 72,000 to 96,000 deaths could be prevented each year if people would be consuming more omega-3 fats, such as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

The study also looked at other dietary, lifestyle and metabolic factors like tobacco smoking and high blood pressure.

This news comes as no surprise to Dr. Joseph Mercola. As an osteopathic physician, Dr. Mercola focuses on helping people prevent illnesses and one of his top recommendations is a healthy diet with optimal omega-3 fat intake.

He has long warned that omega-3 deficiency is a common underlying factor for two deadly diseases: cancer and heart disease.

Mercola believes that omega-3 fats can help treat children suffering from learning disabilities and short bowel syndrome and help prevent premature death from diseases such as:

·         autoimmune diseases such as lupus and nephropathy

·         breast, colon and prostrate cancers

·         Crohn’s disease

·         coronary heart disease and stroke

·         essential fatty acid deficiency in infancy (retinal and brain development)

·         mild hypertension, and

·         rheumatoid arthritis

Aside from physical health benefits, omega-3 fats can also be beneficial for your mind. Studies show that omega-3 supplements have therapeutic benefits for depressed patients because those suffering from depression were found to have lower levels of omega-3 than non-depressed individuals.

Fish, flaxseed, grass-fed beef, grass-fed organic butter and health products such as krill oil are good sources of omega-3 fats. Be careful when consuming fish, though, due to the dangers of mercury contamination. For Dr. Mercola, the safest fish to consume are wild red Alaskan salmon, croaker, flounder, haddock, sardines and tilapia.

Tags: , ,


Responses to “Why Lack of Omega-3 Fats is Harmful to Your Health”

  1. runescape private servers says on :

    Appreciate it for this grand post, I am glad I detected this site on yahoo.

  2. Best Ecig says on :

    I really like your entire information. Thanks ! and carry on the excellent work.

  3. Celsa says on :

    Greate pieces. Keep writing such kind of info on
    your site. Im really impressed by your blog.
    Hello there, You’ve done a great job. I’ll definitely
    digg it and in my view suggest to my friends. I’m sure they will be benefited from this site.

  4. Kian says on :

    I can’t tell you how many times I have seen aluminum foil stuffed into the cavity of a instrument to Mrs.

    When it comes to Instrument brands; there is no pickup blending.

  5. bowling bag for sale says on :

    Yesterday, while I was at work, my sister stole
    my apple ipad and tested to see if it can survive a 40
    foot drop, just so she can be a youtube sensation.
    My apple ipad is now broken and she has 83 views.
    I know this is completely off topic but I had to share it with someone!

  6. list.ly says on :

    Hi there, this weekend is fastidious designed for me, as this moment i am reading this great educational article here at my residence.

  7. list.ly says on :

    What i don’t understood is in truth how you are not really a lot more neatly-favored than
    you may be now. You’re so intelligent. You realize thus considerably with regards
    to this subject, made me personally consider it from numerous
    various angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be
    fascinated except it is one thing to do with Woman gaga!
    Your individual stuffs excellent. At all times
    handle it up!

  8. chanda carney says on :

    found your web site I am so happy I did so much wonderful info please keep it coming

  9. chanda carney says on :

    so happy I found your web site so much info thanks a lot keep it up

Leave a Reply