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The Importance and Need of Omega 3's - Guest Post by Angela Naeth

One of my favorite go-to products made by Standard Process is Tuna Omega-3 Oil. I eat them (yes, I chew them!) daily and in numerous quantities. As an athlete, there are one of the most, if not the most important supplement that I take.  Even for non-athletes, the benefits are profound.  Studies have found improved cholesterol balance, reduced inflammation, and reduced rates of heart disease to name a few. The very fact that Fish oil reduces inflammation is important being an athlete. It enables us to train harder by recovering faster. 

 

Omega-3s are one type of fatty acids that are essential to the body. The most common talked about are the Omega-6 and Omega-3 oils which are both classified as polyunsaturated fats. Fish and fish oil are the highest in Omega-3s (the main two being called EPA and DHA).  The reason these two fatty acids get talked about the most is because the typical American diet contain 8-10 times more Omega-6 than Omega-3 fatty acids -  due to the increased use of soy, safflower and corn oils and because of the health benefits associated with increasing your intake of Omega-3s. Experts agree that this ratio for heatlh should be closer to a 3:1 - 5:1 ratio. To restore this balance, supplementing with an Omega-3 fish oil is a great way to ensure you’re getting a quality source along with focusing on consuming Omega-3 rich foods including walnuts, and fatty fish such as sardines and salmon. 

Speaking with Jesse Kropelnicki (a top triathlon coach for many professional athletes and developer of Thecorediet.com) on fish oils: 

Fish oil helps promote recovery by reducing cellular inflammation. It also help cushion joints for long term joint health. The recommended dose for all athletes that haven't gotten blood testing is 2.4 grams of EPA/DHA per day. If you can, get the blood testing and shoot for an omega 6 to omega 3 ratio of 3:1 to 5:1. In terms of dosing the fish oil you take, it never hurts to break it up on two doses, although not critical. For periods of very heavy training stress, consider taking more or leaning more on dietary intake. 

Look for good quality fish oil, and realize it's very difficult to get enough in thru voluntary dietary intake alone. 

Not only will you recover faster and have decreased muscle soreness by increasing your intake of Omega 3’s, these fatty acids, lower triglyceride levels, and help maximize fat loss.  It has also been found to support emotional balance, skin and hair health and cognition. 

I love the taste of fish and all fish for that matter so I enjoy a good piece of salmon 10-2x a week and have walnuts almost daily. I like Standard Process Tuna Omega-3 oil because it’s a natural profile of tuna oil that is not concentrated, and is also tested for environmental contaminants.  I take about 8-10 pills a day.   I would highly recommend looking for a good quality fish oil with high EPA and DHA. 


Written by Angela Naeth
www.angelanaeth.com