That Omega 3 supplements are very beneficial for human health is popular knowledge, but that does not imply that all people should consume them regardless of their circumstances, as we will see below.
Only for selected patients
According to Dr. María García in an article on the Redacción Médica portal, taking Omega 3 pills should not be a recommendation for the general population because not everyone is in need of doing so.
Omega 3 fatty acids are not synthesized by the body, so they must be ingested from external means, which is achieved, among other things, by consuming foods rich in this nutrient, such as blue fish.
Specifically, the use of Omega 3 supplements is mainly aimed at cardiac patients, people at risk of being such, and for those who cannot consume Omega 3 from food.
Why are Omega 3 supplements promoted?
The intake of Omega 3 pills is promoted mainly by the idea that it brings with it benefits for heart health by preventing diseases and other pathologies that affect it, such as reducing blood pressure and cholesterol.
Despite the fact that this idea is not entirely wrong, a recent investigation found that the absorption of Omega 3 mainly through the pills meant little or no benefit to the test subjects, which shows the importance of its absorption. by natural means.
Based on the above, it should be said that including fish in your diet is the best way to take advantage of the benefits of Omega 3, you should only resort to pills when eating fish is very difficult for you.
Omega 3 content per 100 grams of food
Fresh salmon: 2.5 gr.
Mackerel: 2.67 gr.
Tuna: 1.29 gr.
Spinach: 0.13 gr.
Brussels sprouts: 0.09 gr.
Olive oil: 0.76 gr.
Walnuts: 2.0 gr.
2 capsules of omega 3 supplement: 1.0 gr.
The Mediterranean diet, based on the consumption of vegetables, cereals, fish and white meat, can reduce cardiovascular risk by 30%. We should prioritize the consumption of polyunsaturated fats, such as fish (rich in omega-3), poultry or rabbit and nuts. In addition, we must increase the consumption of vegetables and choose olive oil as the main fat in our diet.
How do omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids work?
These acids not produced by our body and, therefore, we must incorporate into the body through food, provide benefits in different physiological processes. They are distributed through all the cells of the organism and modify the composition and the function of the plasma membrane of the same. Thus, they determine the structure and functionality of the body’s cells.
Megared® adhesion to the PASFEC program
The FEC aims to prevent cardiovascular disease through the promotion of healthy lifestyle habits. That is why, among the different actions it carries out, the FEC Food and Health Program (PASFEC) stands out, an initiative that encourages the industry to develop products that do not harm cardiovascular health and makes it easier for consumers to choose of the product based on objective criteria according to the components that directly affect cardiovascular health. Taking into account the amount of saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sugars, salt, omega 3 fatty acids and dietary fiber, the degree of adherence of the products to the PASFEC program is established.
There are two different ways of joining the program with the aim of not only identifying products that meet the requirements defined by the FEC Scientific Committee, but also supporting and encouraging the industry to produce increasingly healthier foods.
Recently, Megared®, the Omega-3 food supplement formulated with pure Krill oil that Reckitt Benckiser Healthcare has launched on the Spanish market, has obtained optimal adherence to the PASFEC program and the seal that recognizes it as a product that meets the criteria established by the Foundation. Reckitt Benckiser has also become a Strategic Partner of the FEC, sharing the concern for cardiovascular health and the interest in promoting healthy lifestyle guidelines.
Megared® is a food supplement of Omega-3 formulated with pure Krill oil, a small crustacean that lives mainly in the waters of the Antarctic.
Krill oil is a natural ingredient that comes from the cleanest waters on earth and contains a high amount of Omega-3 in the form of phospholipids, which are part of the structure of the cell membrane.
That is why omega-phospholipids are easily recognized, incorporated and used by the body. In addition, Krill oil, unlike fish oil, is better dispersed in the stomach, instead of floating above the stomach, and does not produce a fishy aftertaste.