2016-10-12 新西兰好健康

What’s so special about fish oil? Well, where to start… For one, it’s rich in omega-3 fats - known as the ‘good’ type. We can't make these fats ourselves so we need to get them via our diet or supplementation. We asked our naturopaths why fish oil is so good for you, we didn’t expect number 4!

到底鱼油有什么特别之处?要从哪里开始说起呢?首先,它含有丰富的omega-3,也就是欧米加3脂肪酸 - 被称为是“好”的类型。我们的身体无法自己制造这些脂肪,所以需要透过饮食补充。我们请教了自然疗法专家为何鱼油对我们的身体这么好,我们没有预料到下面的第四点!
Why you should be taking fish oil supplements?
Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, and sardines are rich in these omega-3’s so if you’re not eating oily fish at least 3 times a week, you might want to consider taking a fish oil supplement. The main two omega-3s we get from fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA). There’s plenty of reasons why these are really important in your diet, so our naturopaths have listed 10 of the majors.

What are the benefits of fish oil supplements?

1. It makes you smarter.
DHA is the primary building block of your brain. It helps your brain by improving mental performance, particularly in memory and learning. The brain is 60% fat and DHA is the most abundant fatty acid in the brain. So, along with ‘eating your spinach for strength’ we recommend getting a good dose of your omega’s to grow those brain cells.

1. 使您更聪明

2. If you’re pregnant, your baby will be smarter too.
DHA is one of the critical nutrients and the primary building block required by the brain and the eyes during the early stages of development. In the first few weeks of embryonic development when the brain cell division is most active, a mother’s blood needs to feed the foetus with large amounts of DHA. A continual supply of DHA is needed right throughout the pregnancy, as there is also a rapid brain growth phase in the last trimester. This phase can determine an infants IQ.

2. 如果您怀孕,宝宝也会更聪明

If you’re breastfeeding…
DHA is the most predominant omega-3 fatty acid in breast milk. Even after birth, brain and eye development continues for the baby. Again, it is thought that babies with healthy DHA from their mother during pregnancy and breastfeeding will have better vision and a higher IQ than those with DHA deficiency.


3. Omega-3 reduces PMS and painful periods.
When symptoms involve pain and inflammation, ensuring your Omega-3 levels are optimal can reduce some of this suffering. It’s important to make a conscious effort to keep these levels in check so when that time of the month rolls around, you’ll experience less pain. It’s not ideal to take fish oil symptomatically as you would Paracetamol for pain, so ensure you’re supplementing regularly to maintain adequate levels.

3. 欧米加-3减少经前症候群的状况和经痛

4. It can help to improve your mood. 
Low levels of DHA omega-3 have actually been linked with depression. If you have too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3 in your brain, changes in the brain membranes occur which increases the vulnerability to depression. Keeping up your omega-3 intake can improve your mood drastically.

4. 帮助改善情绪

5. It will maintain your eye health.
Much like the brain, the eyes require DHA for development and maintenance. Omega-3 can also help with dry eyes, night blindness and age-related Macular degeneration.

5. 保持眼睛健康
To be continued...

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