Omega-3s are important components of the membranes that surround each cell in your body. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of fat the body cannot make on its own. They are an essential fat, which means they are needed to survive. Not only does the human body need these fatty acids to function, but also they deliver some big health benefits, including reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
The benefits also include reduced risk of blood clots because omega-3 fatty acids help prevent blood platelets from clumping together and lowering triglyceride levels by slowing the rate they form in the liver. High levels of triglycerides in the blood increase the risk of heart disease.
Two crucial Omega-3 fatty acids - EPA and DHA - are primarily found in certain fish. When possible, try to get omega-3 fatty acids from foods rather than supplements. These include: Anchovies, Bluefish, Herring, Salmon or Sardines.
Another Omega-3 fatty acid, ALA, can be found in foods like walnuts, flaxseed and flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybean oil, chia seeds.
About 70% of the cellular component of the immune system is present as gut-associated lymphoid tissue.
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A number of factors can compromise this balance, including antibiotic therapy, infection, stress, travel or a period of unhealthy nutrition or lifestyle. An effective solution is to supplement the microflora by taking a multi-strain live bacteria supplement to restore the balance.
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