[Effects of Omega3] From Blood Circulation to Inflammation Improvement, 3 Benefits of Omega 3
Dec 03, 2023KimSunhyo
[Effects of Omega3] From Blood Circulation to
Inflammation Improvement, 3 Benefits of Omega 3
Omega 3, From Blood Circulation to Inflammation Improvement
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Effects of Omega 3
1. Reduces triglycerides in the blood 2. Improves dry eye symptoms 3. Improves inflammation
Hello, I am Jinny, a pharmacist.
I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t know about Omega 3. Omega-3 is a type of unsaturated fatty acid. It is an essential fatty acid necessary for the human body, but cannot be synthesized in the body. Therefore, many people are aware of the importance of omega-3, especially its benefits related to blood circulation health, and are actively consuming it in the form of food or supplements.
However, to think that Omega-3 only helps improve blood circulation, it is an ingredient that has endless benefits when consumed. In fact, I have been consuming around 1,000mg of Omega 3 per day for 3 years to ‘manage inflammation’. So, today, we will look at the various benefits of Omega 3 through research papers.
1. Reduces Triglycerides in the Blood
You may have heard that neutral fat must be managed for vascular health. Neutral fat is a form of fat synthesized in the body, and can be broken down and used as an energy source when calorie intake is insufficient. However, when triglycerides in the blood increase, the production of LDL cholesterol, which is bad for blood vessel health, and the breakdown of good HDL cholesterol accelerates, which can lead to arteriosclerosis.
In relation to this, in 2008, a paper was published in the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal showing that blood triglycerides decreased when omega-3 was consumed.
“In the omega-3 fatty acid group, fasting TG (triglycerides) decreased significantly by 31.2% compared to the placebo group.”
Reference : Shidfar, F., Keshavarz, A., Hosseyni, S., Ameri, A., & Yarahmadi, S. (2008). Effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplements on serum lipids, apolipoproteins and malondialdehyde in type 2 diabetes patients. Eastern Mediterranean health journal = La revue de sante de la Mediterranee orientale = al-Majallah al-sihhiyah li-sharq al-mutawassit, 14(2), 305–313.
2. Improves Dry Eye Symptoms
Many people have dry eyes and often use artificial tears. Dry eye syndrome is a disease that occurs when there is a lack of tears or excessive evaporation of tears. The eyes are often cold, easily bloodshot, and dry, causing a lot of discomfort in daily life. Many people have taken Omega 3 to improve blood circulation, and their dry eyes have improved after taking it regularly.
In fact, in 2017, a paper was published in Ophthalmology that studied the effect of omega-3 intake on dry eye symptoms in dry eye patients.
“Taking moderate doses of both forms of long-chain omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) daily for three months reduced tear osmolality and increased tear stability in people with dry eye syndrome (DED).”
Reference : Deinema, L. A., Vingrys, A. J., Wong, C. Y., Jackson, D. C., Chinnery, H. R., & Downie, L. E. (2017). A Randomized, Double-Masked, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial of Two Forms of Omega-3 Supplements for Treating Dry Eye Disease. Ophthalmology, 124(1), 43–52.
3. Improves Inflammation
When a wound or infection occurs in the body's tissues, an inflammatory response occurs to prevent as much damage to the tissue as possible and eliminate the infectious agent. Many people do not take this seriously and think that if they take anti-inflammatory medication, they will get better quickly. However, if inflammation becomes chronic, it can lead to damage to body tissues and lead to inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic otitis media, and ulcerative colitis.
In relation to this, a paper published in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity in 2012 reported research results showing that inflammation was improved when omega-3 was consumed.
“Our data suggest that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) may have broad health benefits by reducing inflammation in overweight, sedentary, middle-aged and older adults.”
Reference : Janice K. Kiecolt-Glaser, Martha A. Belury, Rebecca Andridge, William B. Malarkey, Beom Seuk Hwang, Ronald Glaser, Omega-3 supplementation lowers inflammation in healthy middle-aged and older adults: A randomized controlled trial, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Volume 26, Issue 6, 2012, 988-995.
Today we looked at the various benefits of consuming omega-3. However, if you are taking anticoagulants, antiplatelet agents, or blood pressure lowering drugs, we recommend that you consult with a specialist to decide whether to take omega 3, as omega 3 increases the effects of each drug and may cause side effects.
I hope you have a healthy day both physically and mentally. This was Jinny.