You've probably heard that Omega-3s are good for you, but if you're like many people, you may not know how and why! The Doctors are joined by three guests who want to learn more about the benefits of Omega-3s. Cardiologist, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, joins the conversation to help answer their questions.
Carolyn wants to know if taking Omega-3s can help her stay heart healthy. She's heard certain foods contain Omega-3s but she's not sure if she is getting enough from what she eats.
Carolyn is correct, certain foods are rich in Omega-3s such as:
- Chia seeds
- Fortified eggs
- Salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines
- Flax seeds
- Canola and soybean oils
Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra explains it is hard to know how much Omega-3s are in foods because nutrition labels often don't list them. Dr. Steinbaum shares that as a member of the Global Nutrition & Health Alliance she completed an Omega-3 study funded through an educational grant from RB, for whom she is a spokesperson. The study showed that 98% of the people tested had levels of Omega-3s below the optimal range recommended for heart health benefits.
How can you find out your own levels? Dr. Steinbaum says you can get detailed results from a simple, easy to use Omega-3 Index home test kit. Or, visit www.KnowYourOmega3s.com to take a quick quiz to get an idea of where your levels might bear. Dr. Batra adds that not everyone is going to have low levels, but if you think you may or are curious about your levels, talk to your doctor.
Stephanie is in her fifties and is also concerned about heart health. She says she exercises daily but she also loves rich foods. She already takes a multivitamin but wants to know if there is anything else she can do to support her cardiovascular health.
Stephanie is already doing the right thing with exercise which is just one heart-healthy lifestyle choice. Others include:
- No smoking
- Moderate alcohol
- A low-sodium diet with fruits and vegetables
- Eat animal fat in moderation
Dr. Steinbaum tells Stephanie that studies have shown that, like cholesterol and other heart health measures, Omega-3s are an important factor for overall health. They can benefit cardiovascular health by supporting healthy blood flow to the arteries. Additionally, they can support healthy joints.
The last guest with a question, Harry, is a 47-year-old who wants to know what Omega-3s are and what health benefits he can get from them. Dr. Batra explains Omega-3s are essential fatty acids and very important nutrients for our bodies. They are vital to good health and benefit many major organs. Our bodies do not produce Omega-3s.
Harry explains he has a stressful job and is often in front of a computer screen for hours. In addition to the aforementioned benefits, Dr. Batra adds that Omega-3s support cognitive brain health and may be good for the eyes as well as the skin.
If you find that you have low levels, Dr. Steinbaum recommends MegaRed 4in1 for her patients because it delivers 700mg of Omega-3s in one small soft gel, as opposed to two big fish oil pills.
Dr. Batra reminds viewers to talk to their doctor before taking any supplements.
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