The WHO, or World Health Organization, recommends that everyone consume 250 mg of Omega-3s per day to contribute to the well-being of their body. Omega-3s are valuable allies for health, including that of the cardiovascular system and, according to the latest revision of the reference intake levels of nutrients and energy for the Italian population, the intake of Omega-3s should satisfy between 0.5 and 2% of daily energy needs at any age.
But let’s take a step back: what are Omega-3s?
Omega-3s: what they are and where to find them
Omega-3s are polyunsaturated fats defined as essential because the body is unable to produce them, which means they must necessarily be ingested through food.
There are various food sources of Omega-3s, both animal and plant-based. Plant sources rich in Omega-3s include green leafy vegetables, marine algae and oilseeds, such as soybeans, flax seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts.
Animal sources of Omega-3s are concentrated in fish products, such as oily fish, salmon, trout and tuna.
The positive effects of Omega-3s
As mentioned, the benefits of Omega-3s are multiple. Regular intake has proven to be particularly effective in preventing cardiovascular diseases as they contribute to lowering triglyceride levels in the blood, decreasing blood pressure and the formation of clots, and improving the function of blood vessels.
Omega 3s are particularly important during fetal and infant development, contributing to the formation of the central nervous system and learning. In adults, regular intake of Omega-3s supports cognitive functions, improving memory and attention.
Last but not least, they can help reduce chronic inflammation found in many diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and asthma, as well as help reduce joint inflammation.
It is also important to mention the benefits that Omega-3s have on eye health as they can help prevent macular degeneration and dry eyes.
Polaris: commitment to sustainable Omega3s
Polaris has been committed for many years to preserving the marine environment and has therefore gradually focused its scientific research on sustainability, developing the production of microalgal oil naturally rich in Omega-3s, a plant-based, vegan and renewable resource.
OmegaVie® are algal oils produced by Polaris and derived from Schizochytrium sp. microalgae, resulting in a range of products of the highest organoleptic quality: a sustainable and natural source of Omega-3 EPA/DHA.