Noticed anything fishy about our blog recently? If you’re a fan of whole-body health, you’ve probably been keeping up with our recipes. And boy, do we have recipes for you: you can try our Salmon and Watercress With a Crème Fraîche Sauce for lunch, or get zesty with our Healthy Halibut with Lemon-Garlic Oil and Sautéed Watercress, or even spice up your dinner with a Heart-Healthy Mustard and Coriander Crusted Wild Salmon.
But if you’ve ever stopped in the middle of your meal and wondered why we’re such huge fans of fish—put down your fork. We’ve got a science lesson for you. Today we’re going to talk about Omegas 3, 6, and 9, a group of fatty acids that do wonders for your diet and your skin. These Omegas are unsaturated fats, which means that you can usually find them in a liquid form, like oils—olive oils, plant oils, seed oils, etc. This is contrary to saturated fats, which are solid and come from animals, like butter. Or bacon.
Omegas 3 and 6 are essential fatty acids
What makes a fatty acid essential, you ask? Well, there are 20 amino acids that your body needs. Amino acids are building blocks that help to build muscle, tissues, organs, etc. Now, your body can make 12 of these amino acids itself—but 8 of these amino acids need to be obtained from your diet.
Now, not all omegas are essential. But Omegas 3 and 6 are essential fatty acids. If you don’t get an adequate amount of these Omegas in your diet, you’re going to have some problems. Your body needs these essential fatty acids for fundamental functions. For example, Omega 3 and Omega 6 are important structural components of cell membranes. If you don’t have adequate cell membranes, you could end up having problems with nerve transmission, brain health, infection control, and more.
The difference between Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9
In simple terms, the number attached to each omega refers to how the molecules are unsaturated. Molecules can be unsaturated in unique ways, and the numbers next to Omegas 3, 6, and 9 are chemical and scientific descriptors for classifying this.
It’s important to keep in mind that—in terms of molecular structure—there are different types of Omega 3, 6, and 9 as well. For example, the most common types of Omega 3 are Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA), Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The most common type of Omega 6 is Linolenic acid (LA). If this piques your interest, and you want to know more about the structural components of these fatty acids, we recommend checking out Linus Pauling Institute’s page on essential fatty acids.
Now, another way that these Omegas differ is that they’re found in different foods. DHA and EPA are mostly found in fish, whereas ALA and LA can be found in many seed oils. Here’s a breakdown:
- Omega 3: oily fish (like salmon), green leafy vegetables (like kale and spinach), avocados, flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, chia seed oil, walnut oil
- Omega 6: flaxseed oil, grapeseed oil, hempseed oil, vegetable oils, safflower oil
- Omega 9: extra virgin olive oil, olives, avocado, nuts (like almonds and pecans)
Benefits of Omegas 3, 6, and 9
Lots of research has been done on the benefits of Omegas, most of which are correlated with cardiovascular health. Omega 3, which you can find in our Omega 3 supplements, has been shown to reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases, and can improve cardiovascular and metabolic health.*
You can also apply your Omegas topically! Omegas can provide moisturisation, which can help your skin’s barrier. If your skin ever feels dry it’s because your barrier is more porous and more compromised. When your barrier is compromised, water is essentially evaporating out of your skin too quickly. A hydrated barrier means that water is able to stay sealed inside your skin. This is why we’ve included Omegas 3, 6, and 9 in Cold Plasma Plus. While many of the functional ingredients in Cold Plasma Plus can improve radiance, correct the appearance of dark spots, and improve the appearance of elasticity, the Omegas in Cold Plasma Plus are great for promoting smoother, supple skin.
Now that you’re more familiar with Omegas and how they work, you can feel better knowing that our recipes are put together with your whole-body health in mind. Whether you’re cooking, taking supplements, or applying serums, be sure to make Omegas a regular part of your daily routine.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.