In the previous article, I presented more closely what omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are (I invite you to check it). This time I want to show how they can affect us in the case of many various diseases that affect quite a large number of people today, especially when it comes to problems with the cardiovascular system. I invite you to read the article!
Fatty acids and our circulatory system
In the previous text, it was mentioned that eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can positively affect the health of our heart. This is quite interesting because there are many studies that show that in the case of a population which eat a lot of fishes (we will find EPA and DHA there), we find a low level of mortality in the case of diseases related to our blood system. A lot of research has been done on this topic, which has been particularly trying to determine how omega-3 and omega-6 can affect our heart. A common problem was to determine if supplementation is able to change something. Mainly it resulted from problems related to diet or even with how, for example, fish was prepared. Most likely you can conclude that EPA and DHA are able to positively affect our cardiovascular system, however, there is no 100% certainty of exactly how and from what it may affect a person.
Omega-3 and asthma
Some studies have attempted to describe the dependence of omega-3 supplementation on asthma. Once again it was due to a specific population (Eskimo) and their diet (fish oil rich in EPA and DHA), which could indicate the reason for the low incidence of asthma. Unfortunately, the final results of the study were not able to determine whether the fatty acids are actually able to change anything in the case of asthma.
Omega-3 and type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
Another example of something that could be very promising in terms of the action of omega-3 fatty acids. The final results of the test related to checking the level of cholesterol or glycosylated haemoglobin after omega-3 supplementation did not indicate any positive effects of our fatty acid for people with type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
Omega-3 and the effect on ageing
A very important issue of the omega-3 ability is certainly how it affects the development of our brain and its effects. For this reason, a lot of research was done, which tried to check whether supplementation with fatty acids will positively affect the effects of ageing.
Most studies have found that the effect is rather insignificant and does not significantly affect any cognitive impairment that may arise due to ageing. Similar tests performed in the case of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. Unfortunately, similarly, nothing was found that is able to confirm the omega-3 effect in this field.
Omega-3 fatty acids are very well known because of how they affect our brain. However, more research is still needed about whether they are able to positively influence the fight against various diseases that affect a large part of the world in the 21st century.