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What You Must Know About Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Triglycerides

There seems to be a distinct relationship between omega 3 fatty acids and triglycerides. If you're interested in improving your health, it's good for you to understand this relationship and what scientists and other researchers have found regarding this issue. Also, we'll discuss how you can use omega 3 fatty acids to help reduce your triglyceride levels.

Triglycerides are molecules in the body that are made up of three fatty acids and glycerol. It's not really that important you know the biochemistry of triglycerides. What is important is the fact that you understand that higher levels of triglycerides are associated with heart disease. Because of this, you'll want to monitor your triglycerides just as you monitor your cholesterol. And, we all should be taking steps to reduce our triglycerides.

Omega 3 acids are found in fish and some plants. You can also get them through fish oil and other oil supplements. What's so important about omega 3's and triglycerides is the fact that the amount in your body is lowered the higher the amounts of omega 3's. This points to the relationship between omega 3's and triglycerides in your body. Scientists are still not sure why omega 3 fatty acids help prevent heart disease, but they do know that these essential acids act as an anti-inflammatory, just as aspirin and ibuprofen.

A lot of people try to get their omega 3 fatty acids through diet. That's difficult. For one thing, you don't know exactly how much fatty acids the fish you're eating contains. I say "fish", because that's usually what people think about eating when they think about essential acids. Salmon is a popular fish that has grown in popularity because of the idea that it contains plenty of fatty acids, and it does. If it's caught in the wild! If it's farm raised then probably it doesn't have the omega 3's that its wild cousin has. Another issue with eating your essential acids is you don't know the levels of contamination of the fish you're eating.

Because of this difficulty people look to supplements for their fatty acids. As I said above, fish oil is one of the most prevalent supplements, although krill oil, and oils made from sea algae are gaining more and more popularity. Krill are tiny crustaceans that live in the ocean. They're the food for whales. The ocean algae are the plants that actually make the omega 3's in the first place. The way it gets to you is through the food chain.

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