The Doctors Test the Public's Omega-3 Knowledge. Do You Match Up?

Playing Omega-3s: Why They Are so Vital

You’ve probably heard of Omega-3s but do you know what they are? Omega-3s give us multiple health benefits and these fatty acids are essential building blocks for our bodies. The Doctors sent a correspondent onto the streets of Hollywood and it seems that many people are in the dark about just how important Omega-3s are! Dr. Sonia Batra is joined by cardiologist, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, to help explain their importance. 

“I want everyone to know how vital Omega-3s are for cell function,” Dr. Steinbaum shares. She likes that they support healthy blood flow in the arteries and can help support cardiovascular health. Dr. Batra adds that Omega-3s also support cognitive brain health, healthy joints, and can even be good for our eyes and skin. Our bodies don’t make Omega-3s though, so one way to get them is through the foods we eat. Foods like:

  • Cold water fish: Experts recommend eating at least 2 servings of fatty fish each week.
  • Cod liver 
  • Flaxseed
  • Canola oil
  • Soybeans
  • Tofu
  • Walnuts

While it’s great to eat these foods, the problem is that nutrition labels don’t usually list Omega-3s, so you may think you are getting enough when you’re actually not. 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. So, diet alone may not be enough.

Talk to your doctor if you would like to see how your Omega-3 levels are. 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 quizzes the audience by asking these three questions: 

  1. Over the last three months, how many of you have eaten seafood and non-fried fish three or more times per week?
  2. Over the last three months, how many of you have taken an Omega-3 supplement?
  3. How many servings of Omega-3 fortified juices or milk do you consume on a daily basis?

How did you do? Dr. Batra wants viewers to keep in mind that products may list Omega-3s on their packaging, but there are two specific ones to look out for—EPA and DHA—which support heart, brain and eye health benefits. 

If you find that you have low levels, Dr. Steinbaum recommends MegaRed 4in1 for her patients because it delivers 600mg of EPA and DHA in one small soft gel, as opposed to two standard fish oil pills.

Not everyone is going to have low levels but if you think you might or are curious, get tested and then talk to your doctor before taking any supplements. 

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