It’s extremely important that we maintain a ratio between omega 3 & omega 6, however, due to the western diet being typically high in omega 6 and low in omega 3 this can be hard to consistently achieve.
Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid, which is usually found in oily fish. The word ‘essential’ means it CANNOT be produced by the body, meaning it must be consumed via diet/supplements.
This can make it very difficult to hit your omega 3 target if you don’t like consuming fish everyday, and very expensive if you do.
There are 3 fatty acids, EPA, DHA and ALA. However, the body can only utilise EPA & DHA making ALA a far less efficient source as the body will have to convert this to one of these two before use.
EPA & DHA are two essential fatty acids found in omega 3. These have been shown to support heart health, improve brain function and reduce blood fatty acid levels.
A sufficient dose of 3-5g per day has been shown to decrease DOMS and exercise induced inflammation.
Supplementing with omega 3 is encouraged for anyone looking to improve their health and performance.
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