Despite recommendations from most recognized health experts, many people in the U.S. continue to eat low levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their normal diets. Instead they opt for foods that contain less healthy fats, like saturated fats and trans fats.
According to the Detroit Free Press, experts say that omega-3s support healthy heart function, while most other types of fats have the opposite effect. This is why consuming nothing but processed foods and beef can have such a damage impact on heart health.
Instead of the normal Western-style diet, eating more fish can be one of the most effective ways to get higher levels of omega-3s into a diet. Experts recommend fatty saltwater fish like swordfish or salmon. These varieties of fish have some of the highest levels of the nutrient.
One of the reasons why it is so important to consume omega-3s as part of a healthy diet is because the human body cannot make the nutrient itself. Unlike vitamin D or many other types of nutrients, which the body can produce naturally, the only way to get the benefits of omega-3s is through diet. Therefore, adding it to a diet or taking nutritional supplements is critical.
“There is substantial evidence to suggest that our levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids may be the most potent cardio-protective factors in the human diet,” said Harvard researcher William Butler. “Optimal omega-3 intake can have a profound effect in safely reducing the risk of cardiac disease and promoting health in men, women and children of all ages.”
Despite the many health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, relatively few people are aware of the important role that they play in their health. Even fewer actually make efforts to incorporate foods containing these nutrients into their diets.
In order to remedy the situation, a group of nutrition researchers recently decided to celebrate an International Omega-3 Awareness Day this week. Officials said that the event is important for helping people understand how critical omega-3s are to their health.
Officials added that studies have shown a high percentage of the people in the U.S. are omega-3 deficient. This contributes to an unnecessarily high rate of disease. They said that inspiring people to consume more of the nutrient could be a major public health victory.