Human body is capable of producing all the fatty acids it needs, except for two: linoleic acid (LA), an omega-6 fatty acid, and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 fatty acid. These have to be consumed from the diet and are therefore termed “essential fatty acids”. Fatty acids also play a role in cell signaling and the expression of genes related to lipid and carbohydrate metabolism
‘They helps the body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins and are needed for growth and repair, but can also are used to make other fatty acids.
What does Ayurveda say about Omega?
Ayurveda states that omega have the potent to increase Agni or the digestive fire, responsible for spontaneous and trouble-free digestion, for which it is called as Dipana rich in nutritional values and helps in to build muscle and recover injury , improves brain function, reduce depression and balances blood cholesterol ratio thus and nourishes the whole body and tissues.
Within the body omega-3 fatty acids are converted to DHA and EPA (docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, respectively). DHA and EPA are highly unsaturated fats that play very important roles in the vision development and brain function of infants.
‘One study found significantly lower amounts of EPA in the cells of patients who had attempted suicide, suggesting that omega-3 fatty acids may actually play a role in suicide prevention.’
Omega-6 fatty acid (Linoleic Acid) combined with omega-3 fatty acid produces many of the health benefits. As with other fatty acids, linoleic acid is primarily (98%) consumed as a component of triglycerides (Panel on Macronutrients, 2005). Like other fatty acids, linoleic acid is a major source of energy (Panel on Macronutrients, 2005), and it helps the body absorb the fat-soluble vitamins (Panel on Macronutrients, 2005).
“ Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio should be closer to 2:1 to maintain good health.”
Health Benefits Of Omega In A Number Of Different Ways:
Omega fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are help support brain health and prevent cancer, heart disease and many other diseases. Since our body doesn’t make these fats, we must rely on proper nutritional food sources and supplements.
Both omega-3 (ω-3) and omega-6 (ω-6) fatty acids are important components of cell membranes and are precursors to many other substances in the body such as those involved with regulating blood pressure and inflammatory responses. There is also growing interest in the role of omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention of diabetes and certain types of cancer.
- Supports Hearts health-
There is increasing support for omega-3 fatty acids in protecting against fatal heart disease and it is known that they have anti-inflammatory effects, which may be important in this and other disease related to heart.
- It enhances Healing process After a Heart Attack
- Lowering blood pressure & cholesterol.
- Improving endothelial function (which helps promote growth of new blood vessels)
- Counteracting or preventing cardiac arrhythmia.
- Helping prevent thrombosis (a blood clot within a blood vessel).
- Preventing fatty deposits and fibrosis of the inner layer of arteries.
- Boosts Immunity
Omega greatly increase the activation and number of T-cells (immune cells) within the body and helping your body fight against infection and also ensuring immune system to gets oxygen and enhance the immunity.
- Maintains healthy and flawless skin & hair
Omega has natural sunscreen properties which help to protect the skin from the harmful UV rays. These fatty acids help to revitalize and rejuvenate the skin and help to make the skin look smooth, radiant, soft and flawless. DHA and EPA provide nourishment and improve blood circulation in the scalp thus make the hair strong and healthy.
4. Stress management
Omega promotes the activity of EPA and DHA which keep the high levels of dopamine in your brain thus has a great impact on your brain health. It increases neuronal growth in the frontal cortex of your brain & increase cerebral circulation thus helps to suppress the stress level and anxiety.
- Arthritis management-
Omega-3 can improve bone strength by increasing the amount of calcium in bones.As an anti –inflammatory it reduces arthritic pain and reduces the need of pain killer.
- Control diabetes –
Omega fatty acids can help lower triglycerides and proteins (markers of diabetes), and raise HDL. So eating foods or taking supplements may help people with diabetes.
Omega deficiency link to–
- Suicide attempt
- Alzheimer disease, attention disorders, phenylketonuria, cystic fibrosis.
- Heart Disease
- Learning Disabilities
ALA and LA are found in plant and seed oils. Although the levels of omega 6 are usually much higher than those of omega 3 in the food and oil . They are also found in-
- Rapeseed oil
- Found in oily fish (e.g., salmon, mackerel, and herring).
- Egg yolk.
- Pumpkin seed
Supplement source– Black flax superseeds