Why You Need Omega-3s

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Earlier this season, The Doctors met Jana, who works in the CBS family, and she reached out to us with questions about her Omega-3 levels. She is happy to report back that after starting a supplement and getting her Omega-3 levels tested again that her levels have increased.

The Doctors welcome back cardiologist, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum to talk about the importance of Omega-3s.

Dr. Andrew Ordon and Dr. Steinbaum discuss how people may not know that our bodies do not make Omega-3s. Dr. Ordon shares that you can get them from foods like flax seed, tofu, walnuts, canola oil, soybeans, and cold water fish like salmon. But, Dr. Ordon notes that amount of Omega-3s in salmon can vary greatly.

Dr. Steinbaum explains that people are not always aware of how much Omega-3s they are getting in their food, even if they are being proactive about their health and eating a balanced diet. She suggests asking yourself these questions:

  • How many times per week do I eat fatty fish or seafood?
  • Do I regularly take an Omega-3 or fish oil supplement?
  • Did I consume Omega-3s through fortified milk or juice in the last week?

She also says we need to consider if you might have low levels of Omega-3s. She shares that a recent study by Global Nutrition and Health Alliance -- which is funded by an educational grant from RB*, with whom Dr. Steinbaum partnered -- found that 98% of the people tested had low levels of Omega-3s. She explains that many of those people considered themselves to be healthy and were shocked to discover that their levels were below the optimal range recommended for heart health benefits.

Dr. Steinbaum shares some of the potential benefits of increasing your Omega-3 levels, which include:

  • Can help cardiovascular health by supporting healthy blood flow
  • Supports joint and brain health
  • May help skin and hair

Like she recommended for Jana, Dr. Steinbaum suggests considering a supplement to get more Omega-3s outside of just diet alone. She recommends MegaRed Advanced 4in1 Omega-3 supplements, which she explains is a high potency blend of Omega-3s and has one of the highest amounts of Omega-3s available in one soft gel.

As always, talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.