Our bodies require several nutrients to function optimally, and among the most crucial are Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). These polyunsaturated fats are indispensable because our body cannot produce them, making it essential to source them from our diet or supplements. EFAs mainly consist of two categories: omega-3 and omega-6. The balance between these two is vital for our well-being.
Omega-3s play a significant role in producing eicosanoids, hormone-like substances that influence various body processes, such as inflammation regulation, blood pressure control, and nerve function. However, the contemporary food landscape has tilted the balance unfavorably. Diets today are high in omega-6s and deficient in omega-3s, leading to potential health issues. Specifically, the omega-3s EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are often missing from modern diets, yet they offer numerous health benefits.
Fish, especially types like salmon and mackerel, are rich in omega-3s. However, the average American's diet falls short in fish consumption. This shortfall is compounded by the fact that much of today's fish, being farm-raised, contains reduced levels of essential omega-3s like EPA and DHA. Furthermore, environmental concerns about toxins such as mercury in fish deter many from incorporating it into their meals regularly.
But it's not just about fish. Factors like aging, an unbalanced diet, certain medications, and lifestyle habits can also inhibit our ability to absorb EFAs effectively. For those with specific health challenges or existing deficiencies, the daily requirement might even range between 2–4 grams of EPA and DHA, making it challenging to obtain solely from dietary sources.
Here are some signs indicating you might be lacking in omega-3s:
- Constant fatigue
- Memory issues
- Weakened immunity
- Skin problems like eczema or hair loss
- Cardiovascular health concerns
- Reproductive challenges in both genders
- Mood imbalances and depressive feelings
- Poor blood circulation
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Omega-3s, especially DHA, are important during pregnancy and nursing. The baby relies on the mother for these nutrients, essential for their brain, eyes, and nervous system. Insufficient DHA during pregnancy can lead to complications, including premature deliveries, and can potentially influence postpartum mood health.*
Experts recommend a daily intake of 300–600 mg of DHA for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Our Wholesome Omega-3 provides 500mg of DHA and 100mg of EPA per serving all while being a small, easy to swallow, capsule. As always, before adding any supplement to your regimen, always consult your healthcare provider.