The average diet is deficient in essential fatty acids that it has traditionally come from the consumption of fatty fish. The current recommendation for health benefits is to eat fatty fish at least twice a week. Most people do not eat this and should supplement to ensure that they are getting enough Omega fatty acids, with a supplement such as Nature’s Complete’s Omega 3 Supplement. There are two common supplements, fish oil supplements and Omega 3-6-9, but which is better for you? In order to properly understand this question we need to understand the difference between the two.
Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are both essential polyunsaturated fats that are required for good health. Omega 3 fatty acids have three forms that it is found in: ocosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Both DHA and EPA are found in fatty fish whereas ALA is primarily consumed through plants, seeds and nuts. Omega 6 fatty acids are found in nuts, seeds, processed foods and vegetable oils. It is important that we balance the ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 for optimal health. Most physicians and nutrition experts agree that people are consuming too much Omega 6 because of the processed foods and need to take an Omega 3 supplement, such as Nature’s Complete’s Omega 3 Supplement.
Omega 9 is a little bit different and is a monounsaturated fatty acid referred to as oleic acid. Out of the three this is the only fatty acid that our bodies can produce without consuming and therefore we usually get enough from a balanced diet. Omega 9 is found in olive oil, almonds and peanuts and helps to lower LDL (bad cholesterol).
Most people are lacking in the Omega 3 and therefore fish oil supplements with DHA and EPA, such as Nature’s Complete’s Omega 3 Supplement, are recommended. In combination with a healthy diet these Omega 3 supplements are much more beneficial than Omega 3-6-9 supplements, as we already consume too much Omega 6 and can create the Omega 9 that is required from the healthy food that we consume. Finding out your levels and how you should supplement is an individual pursuit between your health care practitioner and yourself, but taking Omega 3 is almost universally beneficial to your health.