Recent studies plastered across the news saying that “omega 3 fatty acids may not help memory” are causing a negative stir surrounding one of the most important nutrients in ones diet today. It’s like reporting that bedroom pillows may not be great for pillow fights anymore, but you wouldn’t go and throw out your pillows because of it, would you? The problem with negative news is that it all too often leaves only the negative impression, allowing one to forget the details and associate the subject of the news with that of less import. Let’s not do that with omega 3 fatty acids, as they are still so important.
The tests regarding memory and omega 3 fatty acids are not to be trusted as hard proof anyway. Studies done in this way relay inaccurate information because people rarely read the whole study, only the headlines and that is what they remember. One very important quote from within the study by lead author Eric Ammann of the University of Iowa reports: “Our study is not necessarily the definitive answer on omega-3 fatty acids. One limitation of the research is there was only one single measure of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood at the start of the study.”
The testing of omega fatty acids at the beginning only of a six year study on memory is largely inconclusive. The facts are that omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to be important for a myriad of reasons. The biggest reason is their over-all benefit in body functioning. They help prevent inflammation in the body. They regulate blood pressure and triglyceride levels. Omega-3 fatty acids help with brain development and cognitive skills and are crucial for the uptake of calcium and vitamin D in the body.
The most important element to remember is that omega 3 fatty acids are not produced in the body, therefore they must be consumed from a food source. Common sources include fatty fish, such as salmon and tuna as well as flax oil, walnuts, chia seeds, blue green algae, bee pollen and fish oil supplements.
Skin conditions? Wrinkles? Omega 3 fatty acids can help smooth out the skin and prevent signs of aging to our most visible, delicate tissues. Eczema can be soothed and for some folks, eradicated by the intake of omega 3 fatty acids into the body. Pregnant mothers greatly benefit from taking these essential nutrients due to the EPA’s an DHA present in omega 3’s which greatly assist in new baby’s brain development as well as preparing the mother’s skin and tissues for a smooth delivery.
Omega-3 fatty acids help the brain with its production of mood-regulating hormones. In this way, omega-3’s can be a life-saver against depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts, literally. With the right hormones in the brain, sleep is regulated and the sensation of feeling clear and centered is enhanced. Meditation is easier with the right nutrients as is access to what some call “the seat of the soul” – the pineal gland.
So don’t pay too much attention to the news when it tells you omega-3 fatty acids don’t help your memory, because they very well may. Studies are inconclusive and perhaps talked about too soon. The point is, omega-3 fatty acids in the diet are still very important and should not be scuffled away due to some misleading headlines. If you hear your friends commenting on the farce surrounding omega-3 fatty acids, make sure to set them right and don’t stop taking your fish oil or whipping up that chia seed pudding for breakfast, because these nutrients are still amazingly supportive to a long, healthy life and a positive mood.
Written by: Stasia Bliss