Make Good Fats Your Friend

We all eat a wide variety of fats every day—salad dressings, snack foods, breakfast meats, baked goods made with shortening or butter.

Understanding the world of fat can be challenging because too much of some fats can cause problems while others are essential to good health. What does this mean for you? Teaming up with good fats is more important than ever for your health, no matter what your age. Organizations ranging from the American Heart Association to the American Pregnancy Association recommend omega-3 essential fats.

“95 percent of healthcare practitioners agree people need these nutrients in their diets.”

Adding to this widespread acknowledgment, there is vast science supporting the benefits of good fats. Researchers say we have only just begun to realize how essential they are for human health. So if you’ve ever wondered whether you and your family should be taking omega-3 supplements, the short answer is “yes.”

With more than 8,000 human studies supporting their health benefits—making them among the most-researched nutrients in the world—omega-3s deserve to be in the supplement spotlight, thanks to science proving their ability to support the health of your heart, eyes, brain, skin, and more.

“The body of evidence behind omega-3s is larger than any other nutritional ingredient by far,” says Adam Ismail, Executive Director for the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED). As essential building blocks for the trillions of cells that make up our bodies, omega-3s like eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) give cell membranes their structure, enabling them to hold in fluid and nutrients and usher out waste.

They also serve as roaming chemical messengers, supporting healthy cellular response, switching on production of beneficial hormone-like compounds and facilitating transmission between nerve signals.