Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Omegas


As sometimes happens, one thing reminds me of another.
The coronas (yes, plural, as there are several corona viruses: common cold virus, Sars, Mers, Covid-19..),
remind me, by way of contrast, of the omegas - omega essential fatty acids : omega 3 (linolenic acid) and omega 6 (linoleic acid). 
The first group, the coronas, seeks to destroy immunity, the second, the omegas, helps strenghtening it.

Omega 3  (found in oily fish, nuts and seeds) has brain, vision, and heart benefits. Omega 6 (found in meat, dairy, vegetable oils) along with its 'cousin' omega 3, also plays a crucial role in brain and body functions.

The thing is, that Omega 6 has 'invaded' Western diet violating the balance between the two omegas, and practically pushing  Omega 3 out- thus causing some harmful effect on health  ( blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, water retention etc..).


bottle of omega 3 capsules

I know of a successful chess player who's also a doctor. Someone has told me that he's heavily on omega 3 as this helps him plan and perform his brilliant chess moves and win the game. Good for him! There's a lot of money and honour involved in these games.

And after all, omega 3 is not 'ritalin'  (used in ADHD), or some other drug, known as enhancing  performance.
It's just...fish oil which happens to improve brain activity and stabilize mood - recommended to all or most of us.


44 comments:

  1. I have a jar with these pills. From my son. But he doesn't take them. Bad taste :) I could take them.

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    1. Hi Aritha,
      Bad taste? I would think one feels no taste at all, as they get swallowed.
      Anyway, the choice is big. There are lots of suppliers and qualities on the market.

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  2. Isn't it amazing? A little healthy eating makes all the difference.

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    1. Indeed. The omegas are not produced by our body but taken from our diets, healthy diets, I must add.
      A little healthy capsule can also make a difference.

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  3. I take a fish oil tablet daily.

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    1. Good for you, Christine!
      I wish I wouldn't be so lazy, and also take it on a daily basis, as it's considered good stuff. But I am rather lazy. Pity!

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  4. Whatever works! our cat goes crazy when we fill the vitamin pill containers, especially when he smells fish oil.

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    1. I've seen an ad about liquid omega 3 for cats and tiny dogs.It is said to ease their joint pain and heart/kidney disease.

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  5. I was familiar with Omega 3 but not Omega 6. Learned something new here. Supposedly Omega 3 is good for lowering cholesterol in one's body.

    Betty

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    1. Yes, omega 3 is the more popular of the two omegas. He's the 'good guy', supposed to help in quite a lot of health issues.

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  6. It sounds good! I try to eat those things but lately don`t eat so much fish... I may look for it after your recommendation!! Thank you!! ♡
    (got my `heart` back:))

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    1. I like fish, but it's rather expensive here.(what isn't??). The omege 3 supplement is also not cheap. However, one should make an effort and have some fish oil, one way or the other.

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  7. My late mother when she was alive bought me some fish oil tablets, didn't like them and gave them back...but that's me.

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    1. As far as I know, people usually prefer taking capsules. It's easier that way. But, perhaps, tablets are more effective.

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  8. Highly recommended, "The Omega Principle" by Paul Greenberg. Great book. I work conscientiously at including Omega 3 in my diet and minimizing Omega 6.

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    1. Thanks for the recommandation. I'll definitely try to get hold of the book.

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    2. Let me know if you don't find it. I can probably get a copy and mail it to you.

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    3. Thank you for your kindness. I'm sure there won't be any problem with finding the book.
      I see it's relatively new (published in 2018), and there are quite a few reviews on it indicating its popularity.

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  9. Have not heard of Omega 6 but thanks to you, Duta, now I have! We have fish at least once a week so I guess that helps. Thanks for the info!

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    1. You're welcome!
      I know, of course,from your posts that fish is a frequent food item in your recipes and on your menu. It's both tasty and healthy. What more could one wish?

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  10. I know doctors prescribe fish oil for a lot of people with high blood pressure.

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    1. It is believed,indeed,that fish oil may help reduce blood pressure, both systolic and distolic.

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  11. This is a fun way to write this post! I've never done the fish oil but I've been thinking about it. It seems to have many benefits!

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    1. Well, it is called 'queen of fats' and supposed to heal hearts and brains; so,it's worth giving it some thought and consideration.

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  12. Your blog is always so interesting. Thanks for this information.

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    1. I feel flattered by your comment, Inger!
      Thank you.

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  13. Great information, I knew fish oil was good for us, but didn't realize all the benefits. I'm definitely going to pick some up. Thank you DUTA!

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    1. You're welcome, Alicia.
      I've even come upon an article implying that fish oil, because of its role in human brain development, has probably shaped the human race!

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  14. DUTA, this is a great post. It’s full of helpful information. I’m glad to read about this here, it a good reminder of when I used to take fish oil. I think I’ll start taking it again for the great benefits. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Wishing you a terrific weekend! Stay Safe, my friend!

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    1. Thank you.
      That's the usual pattern with people; they start taking something, then after a while , put it aside.
      It's hard to be consistent and stick to some supplement on a regular basis.
      Best wishes to you too!

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  15. We try to consume much needed fats in diet everyday, very essential, also for kids. Have a lovely day!☺

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    1. That sounds like healthy nutrition habits in your family.
      Wishing you a lovely wekend!

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  16. hola Duta, pues si, es cierto, hay varios tipos de coronas, y sobre el omega, la verdad es que de momento no lo tengo en cuenta en cuanto a pastillas ya que no consumo complementos, intento comer de todo para estar equilibrada, en cuanto a dieta. besos.

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    1. You're doing the right thing! Nutrition is at the top of the pyramid of health and well-being. 'Balance' is the key to a sound, sensible diet.

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  17. Thanks Duta for another informative post. I did take fish oil tablets for years, most likely the Omega 3 variety, unsure why I stopped. That said we do have fish on a regular basis and hopefully that is as helpful as taking the capsules. I have some left and may resume using them based on thus post.

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    1. Sea fish and sardines are usually recommended. Luckily, I love them both.
      I'm pleased my post is kind of a reminder for you, regarding omega 3 stuff.

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  18. A very interesting post about the Omega's Duta, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you, Jan, for your kind words.
      Greatly appreciate your visit and your comment.

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  19. Very interesting Enjoyed reading this. Especially that Omega 3 helped the chess player performing and planning. We used it for our son as well as he has learning disabilities. Not sure if it made a difference

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    1. Thanks, Marja.
      Sometimes, it suffices that the person taking it, believes in its efficacity, in its making a difference. Psychogically, it could improve things.

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  20. I add flax to much of my baking. I also try to eat healthy - pretty much! But I wish I liked salmon. I wish I was smart enough for chess too.

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    1. We seem to be in the 'same boat', Sharon. I don't like salmon either, and I'm afraid,I'm not good at chess.

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  21. I am of the opinion that particularly during this harsh time the people in the world are going through...added supplements to one's diet can't hurt! I certainly have been adding them to my own diet over the past couple or so months...along with, as always, of course...plenty of fresh, good food. (And ice cream!!) :)

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    1. Can't hurt indeed. You did the right thing.
      There are supplements based on well-known herbs that not only help healing, but also prevent health trouble.

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