30 Jan Why are Omega-3 Fatty Acids absolutely essential for human function, how are they linked to depression, and why should you test for them?
OMEGA 3’S: ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
The answer is simple. It’s cell membrane flexibility. Every cell has a cell membrane. When this cell membrane is rigid, it does not work well. When it is flexible, the chemicals that run our bodies can move in and out of cells efficiently as needed. Thus, making the cells healthier. What makes up your cells? Well that’s hormones, proteins, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fats, etc. Since the materials they need to function well are available. When the cells work well, the tissues that are made of cells work well. When tissues work well, the whole system works well. This ultimately leads to the overall improved health of the entire person’s biochemistry.
Omega 3 fatty acids are nutrients absolutely necessary for human health. Since our bodies cannot synthesize omega 3 fatty acids, it is essential that we obtain them from a supplement. Hence why they are called essential fatty acids. Now, if you are going to supplement with Omega’s it’s even more important that you get them from a reputable “NSF” certified supplement source AKA “pharmaceutical grade supplements”. Otherwise, there is no way to guarantee quality, purity, efficacy, or safety of the supplement. You can read more about the importance of supplements in our “pharmaceutical supplement” icon on our service menu.
For example, when there are enough omega-3 fatty acids available through either diet or supplementation, they will be absorbed into cells in the heart. This makes their cell membranes flexible, and strong. Consequently, the heart and arteries are stronger and therefore the entire cardiovascular system benefits. In fact, in the same way, that omega-3 fats make cell membranes more flexible, the dangerous trans fats do the exact opposite. Trans fats are absorbed into the cell membranes making them stiff and unable to do their job. Just as stiff joints or stiff arteries are unhealthy, so are inflexible cell membranes. And since cell membranes are an integral part of every tissue in the body, the level of omega-3 fatty acids a person has can affect just about everything from:
- Alzeihmer’s Arrhythmia
- Autoimmune Disease
- Brain-related Injuries
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Cholesterol Profiles
- Chronic Fatigue
- Cognitive Function
- Erectile Dysfunction
- Eye Health
- Gum Disease
- Heart failure
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Oxidative Stress
Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Depression – How are they linked:
The majority (about 60%) of our brain and nerves are composed of fats, and it is well documented that poor fatty acid status contributes to both the incidence and severity of depression.
There are two primary omega 3 fatty acids – DHA and EPA.
EPA and DHA are the most predominant omega-3 fatty acids in our brains and consequently, the most biologically relevant when it comes to mental health. High DHA concentrations, for example, enhance serotonin, a feel-good hormone that gives a sense of well being. Impaired mental focus, disturbed sleep patterns and other common depressive symptoms often respond well to fatty acid supplementation.
The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is equally important. Studies show that the more severe the depression, the higher the omega 6 to 3 ratio typically is, but also the more effective omega 3 fatty acid (fish oil) supplementation can be. So if you are suffering from depression and are not feeling as what we refer to as “AWESOMENESS”, we strongly suggest you consider this vital blood test and identify your Omega 3 to 6, and DHA to EPA ratios.
How do I get my omega 3:6 brain blood test?
We made it simple and easy for you! At your convenience, give us a date and time, and we’ll have one of our phlebotomists drive to your home or office to have your blood drawn. This test does not require any fasting as well. Once your blood is drawn, you will receive easy to read test results within 3 weeks. Once you have your results, one of our specialized trained healthcare specialists will walk you through your results and what they mean. In addition, we will show what pharmaceutical grade supplements to take and how to efficiently improve your health and slow down the aging process for a better life.
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