Benefits of Omega-3

Omega-3 is essential to human health, but cannot be manufactured by the body. We normally obtain Omega-3 in our diets by eating fish such as Cod, Tuna, Salmon etc. With declining fish stocks causing a global crisis and concerns over the presence of toxins and pollutants within fish, New Horizons micro algae based Omega-3 will provide a safe, natural alternative source of Omega-3.

In terms of the health benefits of Omega-3, where do we start! Omega-3 is essential to human health and offers many benefits, including:

Omega-3 and Brain Function
Omega-3 plays a crucial role in brain function. It is widely reported and researched that Omega-3 deficiency is associated with learning and cognitive disorders. A vast number of studies demonstrate increased attention and concentration levels in school children who have Omega-3 supplementation to their diet.

To read  an article from the BBC discussing the effects of Omega-3 on attentiveness, follow this link:

Omega-3 and Heart Health
Having a high intake of Omega-3 has been linked in scientific studies to directly relate to heart health. Omega-3 can reduce high blood pressure, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.

To read an article from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discussing Omega-3 and heart health, follow this link:

Omega-3 and Eye Health
There is a high concentration of Omega-3 in the eye’s retinal photoreceptor. It is directly involved in the signal pathway that translates light signals into neuronal activity. Macular degeneration is a well known and serious eye condition that occurs with ageing and can ultimately progress to blindness. Studies have shown that individuals with a higher intake of Omega-3 are less likely to suffer macular degeneration.

To read  an article from the BBC discussing the potential benefits of Omega-3 for eye health, follow this link:

Omega-3 and Pre and Post Natal
Most women have an insufficient intake of Omega-3 to keep up with the increased demand during pregnancy. Omega-3 supplementation is widely recommended during pregnancy and lactation. Having a higher intake of Omega-3 during pregnancy and lactation is reported to have key benefits on the development and functioning of the baby’s central nervous system.

To read an article discussing the EU Committee’s recommendations regarding Omega-3 and pregnancy, follow this link:

Omega-3 and Depression
Scientific studies have shown that major depression is accompanied by decreased levels of Omega-3. Indeed recent studies have suggested that patients respond to treatment with Omega-3. A specific example is a study conducted by the Clinical Research Center for Mental Health, Belgium, that observed positive responses when treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients with Omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids are important components of nerve cell membranes and help nerve cells to communicate with each other. This is an essential step in maintaining good mental health.

To read an article from USA Today discussing Omega-3 and links to depression, follow this link:

Omega-3 and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
The most common forms of IBD are Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. Omega-3 possesses anti-inflammatory properties, and reduces inflammation in the bowels. Many patients have benefited from supplementation with Omega-3 to help alleviate IBD-associated inflammation.

To read an article from relating to the reported anti-inflammatory attributes of Omega-3, follow this link:

Omega-3 and Cholesterol
Individuals who consume large amounts oily fish tend to have increased high density lipoprotein HDL (good) cholesterol levels and decreased negative triglyceride material that circulates in the bloodstream. Clinical studies have reported that supplementation with Omega-3 can lower low density lipoprotein LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

To read an article from the Daily Mail Online discussing Omega-3 and cholesterol, follow this link:

Omega-3 and Diabetes
Omega-3 can help to lower triglycerides and apoproteins (indicators of diabetes) and increase high density lipoprotein HDL. Individuals with diabetes tend to have high triglyceride and low HDL levels.

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Omega-3 and Arthritis
Clinical studies have reported the benefits of Omega-3 in alleviating the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, specifically reducing joint tenderness, stiffness and allowing a reduction in medication requirements. Additional studies suggest that Omega-3 may benefit individuals with other inflammatory disorders, including osteoarthritis.

To read an article from the Arthritis Research Campaign website, follow this link:

Omeaga-3 and Asthma
Scientific reports have suggested that Omega-3 supplementation can improve the symptoms of Asthma. Studies have also shown improved lung functioning in adults with persistent asthma, with a decrease in the need for use of an emergency inhaler.

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Omega-3 and Weight Loss
Clinical studies have reported that overweight individuals who follow a weight loss program of exercise may achieve improved blood sugar and cholesterol level contain when their diet is rich in Omega-3. It is well known that overweight individuals suffer from less effective control of blood sugar and have higher levels of cholesterol.

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Omega-3 and Cancer Treatment
The first point we want to make clear is that Omega-3 should not in any way be considered to be an effective alternative to medication and professional medical treatment of cancers.Increased Omega-3 intake has been reported to potentially lower the risk of certain cancers including Breast Cancer, Colorectal Cancer and Prostate Cancer. There have been a large number of clinical studies performed, but we recommend that you discuss this further with your Doctor or General Practitioner. There are numerous references that can be found via Google discussing the potential benefits of Omega-3 for Cancers. Similarly, there are also a lot of references questioning or casting doubt on such benefits.


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