What is omega 3?
Omega 3 are essential fatty acids that belong to a group of 11 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Of these, three are vitally important: ALA, DHA and EPA. ALA can be found in vegetable oils like soy, canola and flax. EPA and DHA are readily found in fatty fish. Ideally, you should include all three in your diet. If you’re vegan (or don’t eat fish), it’s important to include omega 3 supplements in your dietary routine.
Why is omega 3 good for you?
Omega 3 essential fatty acids are needed for several functions in the body, particularly related to heart health. ALA, for example, contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels at a daily intake of 2g.
When is the best time to take omega 3 supplements?
Omega 3 supplements are generally recommended to be taken with a meal. This way, the body is better able to tolerate the supplement as it is absorbed with other nutrients. So, you can take your omega 3 fish oil tablets or capsules with breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late-night snack before bed.
How much omega 3 should you take per day?
While omega 3 has many potential health benefits, consuming too much can have negative effects. If you’re using omega 3 supplements, you’ll normally be taking 1-2 capsules per day, although it’s always best to check the usage instructions on the packaging. If you’re not sure about whether you should be using omega 3 supplements, ask your doctor.
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