The consumption of Omega-3 fatty acids is recommended throughout our life, starting from childhood, through a varied and balanced healthy diet
Ever since the benefits of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids for our cardiovascular system have been discovered, there has been an increasing interest in them, while there is also scientific data available proving their association with several other health benefits.
Based on the health claims approved by the European Union, we can point out the following benefits related to the consumption of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids.
BENEFITS OF EPA AND DHA OMEGA-3 FOR THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
“EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids support the cardiovascular system”
The interest in marine-derived Omega-3 fatty acids first appeared in the 1970s, when, through several studies, researchers noticed very few incidents of cardiovascular disease in Eskimos in Greenland, despite the fact that their nutrition was rich in fats. By now, it is well known that behind the beneficial effect on cardiovascular health lie two Omega-3 fatty acids found exclusively in marine-derived products: EPA and DHA.
A Pescanova hake fillet provides 250mg of EPA and DHA, which are essential on a daily basis for the normal function of the heart.
These two marine-derived fatty acids also help the organism keep its triglycerides and blood pressure at a normal level:
Blood pressure: “The daily intake of 3g of EPA and DHA helps keep blood pressure at a normal level.”
Triglycerides: “The daily intake of 2g of EPA and DHA helps keep triglycerides in the blood at a normal level.”
BENEFITS OF DHA OMEGA-3 FATTY ACID FOR BRAIN FUNCTION
“DHA supports normal brain function”
Researchers have demonstrated that long-chain DHA Omega-3 forms part of the neuronal membranes. Its intake has been associated with normal brain function and, in order to achieve this, a daily intake of 250mg of DHA is recommended.
BENEFITS OF DHA OMEGA-3 FOR BRAIN DEVELOPMENT DURING THE EMBRYONIC PERIOD AND PERIOD OF INFANCY
“The intake of DHA Omega-3 during pregnancy and breastfeeding contributes to the normal brain development of the embryo and infant respectively.” The importance of DHA Omega-3 fatty acid has also been proved for the period of pregnancy and breastfeeding. During the development of the embryo’s brain, large quantities of DHA are accumulated in this organ, especially during the third trimester of pregnancy when the neural tissue grows the most; this accumulation continues throughout the first few months in the life of the infant. Therefore, an extra intake of 200mg DHA is recommended to pregnant women and mothers who are breastfeeding in order cover the needs of the embryo and infant respectively.
EYE BENEFITS OF DHA OMEGA-3 FATTY ACID
“DHA supports normal eye function”
DHA Omega-3 fatty acid also forms part of the photoreceptors or the cells in the retina, responsible for vision.
To keep the eye function at a normal level for adults, a daily intake of 250mg of DHA Omega-3 is considered essential.
BENEFITS OF DHA OMEGA-3 FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND FUNCTION OF THE VISUAL SYSTEM
“The intake of DHA Omega-3 during pregnancy and breastfeeding contributes to the normal development of the eyes of the embryo and infant, respectively” Scientific studies have demonstrated that the intake of DHA Omega-3 fatty acid is necessary during pregnancy and breastfeeding for the optimum development of vision. Thus, an extra intake of 200mg of DHA for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers supports the proper development of the visual function.
STUDIES FOR ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF EPA AND DHA OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
Researchers keep investigating for possible additional benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids regarding the prevention of other diseases, including particular types of cancer, childhood asthma or neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
NAMIBIA HAKE; A FISH COVERING ALL YOUR NEEDS IN EPA AND DHA OMEGA-3
In order to cover your needs in EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids, all you have to do is follow a varied diet which includes 3-4 servings of fish per week, as seafood is the only natural source of this sort of fatty acids.
Pescanova Namibia hake is an excellent source of EPA and DHA Omega-3 fatty acids and by consuming just 100g of any part of the particular fish you cover your daily needs in Omega-3.
And remember that, the best way to take care of yourself is to follow a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
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