Omega-3 fatty acids are great for you and may provide several health benefits if consumed regularly. These essential nutrients are commonly found in fatty fish like salmon and trout, but Joel Fuhrman, M.D., a family physician and nutritional researcher, recommends taking a supplement instead, especially if you don’t normally get enough of omega-3s in your diet, as reported by South Lincoln County News.
Omega-3 supplements, such as Dr. Newton’s Naturals’ OmegaKrill, may reduce cholesterol and blood pressure levels, as well as decrease an individual’s risk for developing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
“Higher dietary intake or blood levels of omega-3s are associated with reduced risk of childhood cognitive disorders such as ADHD, later life brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, and mood disorders such as depression,” wrote Fuhrman on other potential advantages of the nutrient.
Fuhrman also noted that supplements may be a better alternative to eating fatty fish because supplements don’t contain mercury or dioxin. Other sources of omega-3s include flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts, of all which can easily be added to a salad or yogurt.