In this era of obesity and metabolic disorder we should be very careful of the food we eat as it should contain all vitamins and other minerals in sufficient amount required for the body to maintain our health. Our modern culture is addicted to unhealthy junk food and people, especially youngsters, are killing themselves by using drugs and heroin. To deal with this crisis, there should be investment in aggressive public health education and similar initiatives aimed at helping the public. And also primary care physicians and doctors should spend some extra time counseling the patients about dietary issues and other healthy lifestyle factors. Government should also take step to provide a sufficient medical supply in the pharmacy, with explained medical benefits of each so that we have the right pills at the right time and thus avoid self-medication.
Research shows that there are many health benefits of omega 3 fatty acids and are considered as essential fatty acids for our body metabolism. It can lower our cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure, protect from heart attacks, reduce inflammation throughout the body, ease joint pains (arthritis), fight wrinkles and skin ailments, improve our memory and even heal our depression. It is also important for various body functions such as muscle activity, digestion, blood clotting, fertility, brain development and its function. It is especially necessary during the growth and development of fetus; that’s why pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding are advised to consume adequate omega-3 foods. It also appears to be an effective treatment of chronic hepatitis C patients, dry eye syndromes and a disease in children called as autism.
Omega 3 fatty acids are actually a collection of polyunsaturated fatty acids including EPA (eicosapentaenic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) which is found in fish, fish oil, canola oil, and also ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) found in plants, vegetables, vegetable oil, soybeans, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and in walnuts. The body converts ALA to EPA and DHA to some extent. There are other types of omega 3 fatty acids as well. We need to get these essential fatty acids from our diet or supplementary drugs as they are not produced in the body. It has also been documented that the fatty acid has helped in other surgery procedures, including rhinoplasty surgery.
DHA is vital for the development of our brain, nerve and eye tissue, especially in infants. Fatty fish are rich sources of DHA. Whereas EPA provides the appropriate function of the heart and blood vessels. It is richly present in human milk, and seaweeds. It is also present in oily fish, occurring along with DHA. DHA and EPA are found together only in fatty fish and algae and are considered to be more effective when they are working together rather than individually. For example, EPA and DHA together insulate the body against heat loss, and prevent skin from drying.
A niche segment in our society is addicted to self medication which is very dangerous so health awareness programs should be conducted by doctors on a regular basis to avoid this. The key lies in a proper understanding of a good and balanced health for a healthy living.