Omega-3 is present in all cell walls in your body, especially in your brain and eyes. Your body uses it daily, but it cannot produce it in sufficient quantities, so it is important to add the omega-3 fatty acids to your diet through foods such as oily fish.
If you don't eat omega-3 rich foods often or you want to increase your omega-3 content, a supplement can be a valuable addition.
Omega-3 fatty acids have a role in, among other things: the immune response, blood pressure, electrical stimulation of heart and brain cells. A shortage of omega-3 causes a 'non-optimal functional state' of your body.
How does omega-3 help your body?
Omega-3 supports your heart
Your heart is the engine of your body and never pauses it beats 24 hours a day; 1140 minutes; 86400 seconds. The omega-3's EPA and DHA omega-3s support a healthy heart by reducing triglicerides and blood pressure.
For more information: see NewDay® Heart
Pregnant or a new mother? Omega-3 supports the healthy growth of your baby
Omega-3 fatty acids are important for the early development of a baby's brain and eyes. Mothers need extra omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy and breastfeeding to support their own health and the health of their growing baby.
For more information: see NewDay® Mama Complete
Omega-3 helps healthy child development
Omega-3s have an important role in the growth and development of children, such as: the development of the central nervous system; visual development; cardiovascular health, improving blood pressure; and the immune system, it protects the child from allergies in early childhood
For more information: see NewDay® Babies & Kids
Sports and Omega-3
When exercising, the formation of free radicals and inflammatory reactions in the muscle tissue can increase. Omega-3 fatty acids are converted in the body into hormone-like substances (prostagladins) with an anti-inflammatory effect and can therefore have a positive effect on health and improve performance.
For more information: see NewDay® 365Fit
Your brain and omega-3
Omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, are in large quantities in your brain, 90% of the omega-3 fatty acids present in the brain are the fatty acid DHA. They provide structure and contribute to the overall function.
Omega-3 supports vision
The retina of your eyes contains a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids which helps with visual development and to keep it sharp.
Omega-3, the science explained simply
There are different types of omega-3 fatty acids:
ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) - plant-based (your body cannot convert it into a significant and necessary amount of DHA & EPA).
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) & EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) - found in fish and algae (plant-based)
Without DHA and EPA, your body cannot function optimally. By taking supplements with DHA & EPA you can effectively support your daily requirement for omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 (EPA & DHA) is recommended by:
- EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)
- GOOD (Global Organization of EPA & DHA)
How much omega-3 do you need?
The daily recommendation of omega-3 is 250 mg per day - European Food Safety Authority.
For your brain and visual development, the intake of 250 mg of omega-3 DHA in their diet is essential.
Pregnant or breastfeeding
If you are planning to become pregnant or are pregnant, additional DHA (200 mg / day) is recommended with a daily intake of omega 3 (250 mg / day). Total 450 mg.