WHAT ARE THE MAIN FUNCTIONS OF OMEGA-3?
The main function of the essential omega-3 is for the production of prostaglandins.
These are the regulators of blood pressure, kidney function, blood clotting, inflammatory responses, nerve transmission and are also required for the production of hormones, cell maintenance, supple skin and various digestive functions.
In addition, a regular balanced intake of omega-3 may help prevent depression, obesity, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, attention deficit syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease approx. 2-4g of omega-3 per day is the recommended minimum Omega-3 foods reduce the appetite by stabilising blood sugar levels. Omega-3 foods help to increase metabolism and thereby promote activity and weight loss.
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An excess of omega-6 foods and products, such as margarine, can reduce the activity of omega-3 and its numerous essential functions.
Omega-3 is vital during the early stages of a baby’s development, especially for the brain. Numerous mental disorders can be traced to a prolonged omega-3 deficiency. Refer to section entitled as Vitamin F – Omega-3, for more detail on the vital functions of omega-3.
NOTE: All amounts in this blog are measured in milligrams (mg) per 100 grams, unless stated otherwise.