Inflammation is a natural and common response of the immune system. In some cases, your immune system may attack healthy cells and lead to painful inflammatory responses leading to medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, etc. Inflammation is most common in cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune disorders. Most are chronic and can last for many years with varying symptoms. Though there are over the counter drugs available to treat these medical conditions, they may cause some side effects. Omega-3 is a natural health remedy to treat various medical conditions caused by inflammation.
Omega-3 is rich in anti-inflammatory properties, and this is proven in many clinical studies and research. It has the potential to impact the communication between neurons in the body, enabling it to discharge chemicals that can prevent inflammation. Those who consume food rich in Omega-3 have powerful elements that are anti-inflammatory in nature. Resolvin, derived from Omega-3 fatty acids is an organic substance similar to a hormone, which has the capability to treat acute inflammation.
Particularly in cases of heart patients who have undergone surgery, resolvin, present in omega3 fatty acids helps to heal the blood vessels.
Autoimmune diseases are caused by an immune response where the body is unable to differentiate between healthy cells and foreign particles such as bacteria, virus, etc. The immune system damages the body’s tissues resulting in an autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune diseases have been classified by various clinical studies and some of the most common include lupus, psoriasis, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis. The effects of an autoimmune disease often disrupts the ability to do routine functions and can damage the quality of life because they are chronic and can even last for a lifetime.
The omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), are known to have a great effect on the inflammatory response and the immune system. It can be used to treat patients suffering from various autoimmune disorders. The most common source of polyunsaturated fatty acids is fish oil. By taking fish oil based on the dosage recommended by a healthcare professional, the symptoms of medical conditions caused by auto-immune disorders can be reduced, and the major benefits include reduced inflammation and pain. Though there are pharmaceutical medicines available to treat these medical conditions, they come with their own share of side effects.
There are many ways to consume Omega-3 to help prevent inflammation and reduce the effects caused by inflammation. Vegetarian sources of Omega-3 include flaxseed, flaxseed oil, canola oil and walnuts while animal sources include fish and fish oil. A diet that is rich in nuts, fish, shrimps and olive oil will contain Omega-3 in abundance. In Japan, it is very common to include fish in every meal, so Japanese diet has high levels of Omega-3. There are many Omega-3 supplements available, however, it is recommended to consult a medical professional before taking Omega-3 or any other dietary supplement.