How Does Omega-3 Improve Your Health?February 15, 2019
You may have heard about omega-3. But do you really know what it is?
Omega-3 is a fatty acid mainly found in fish, fish oil, and eggs. Don’t let the word ‘fatty’ fool you – it’s a crucial nutrient that you need to improve your health and relieve your pain when needed!
Your body has its own pain and inflammation fighting system which works by converting the fatty acids that you consume into endocannabinoids. This is similar to the end result that you typically find in cannabis, but with a few differences: you don’t get ‘high’ on the endocannabinoids that your body creates. These endocannabinoids are then converted by your body into an even more powerful painkiller molecule, which bind to your body’s immune system.
Why and how does the body do this? It seems that much of this function is performed in your stomach, where ‘friendly’ digesting bacteria is plentiful and can help to metabolize fatty acids.
This is an exciting discovery into the power of omega-3, which is common in our food and in supplements, and can help us to find new and safer methods of relieving pain and inflammation.
If you don’t eat fish, there are many omega-3 supplements available on the market, including plant-based supplements for vegans and vegetarians.
At Simpson Medical, we can help patients suffering from pain with a range of non-surgical pain relief treatments in order to improve your quality of life. Contact us today to learn more.