Most Americans suffer from Omega-3 deficiency. In fact, experts estimate that approximately 80% of the U.S. population consumes an insufficient quantity of essential fatty acids. The optimal overall ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids in diets should be less that 4:1. Americans consume a ratio greater than 15:1. Omega-6 fatty acids are found in many foods, including eggs, poultry, avocados, nuts, cereal, and vegetable oils. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in high concentration in cold water oily fish such as mackerel, salmon, herring, anchovies and sardines.
There are two primary factors contributing to the Omega-3 deficiency:
1.Increased consumption of trans fats play an integral role in the regulation of many bodily functions, such as:
- Inflammation, pain and swelling
- Blood clotting and platelet aggregation
- Allergic response
- Steroid production and hormone synthesis
What should you look for when choosing an Omega-3 supplement? Check that it is:
-Mainly composed of Omega-3's
-High concentration of Omega-3's and DHA oils: These are Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the fatty acids responsible for many of the Omega-3's proposed beneficial effects, such as hormone production and cancer-fighting properties
-Is stored in an opaque (light resistant) plastic container: total elimination of light coming in contact with the oil is mandatory to ensure against degradation of the oil
-Every supplement batch is tested for mercury: While Mercury contamination in fish oil supplements is rare, it is still best to only take supplements from a manufacturer who tests for and certifies that each and every batch has been tested and is mercury-free
Fish Oil for your Back, Neck, and Joints
Fish oils are nature's natural anti-inflammatory source which make them a safe, powerful alternative to taking NSAID's like aspirin on a daily basis. Fish oils help to reduce pain by reducing inflammation around and within joints of the body. Omega-3 fish oils also help to reduce joint stiffness and swelling which helps to improve joint mobility and flexibility. Chiropractic care optimizes neck and back health by focusing on the bio-mechanical stresses on the body by correcting any misalignment. By addressing both structural and nutritional imbalances within the joints, the body can maintain maximal balance and health.