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» Omega 3 plays a big role in healing our heart and the cardiovascular system. It helps boost HDL (good cholesterol), lowers LDL and triglycerides (bad cholesterol) and helps reduce chances of heart stroke and inflammation in the heart. It helps repair the endothelial linings of artery walls that are damaged due to various lifestyle factors, especially smoking.
» Omega 3, specifically DHA, helps form the structural component of the retina in our eyes and hence its deficiency can affect vision and possibly cause macular degeneration and other vision impairment issues. It is also responsible for a healthy skin and gives it the soft, moist, supple, wrinkle-free appearance. It works as a natural sun block as it safeguards the skin from damage due to excessive and inappropriate exposure.
» Human Brain is almost 60 per cent fat and half of that comprises the Omega 3 kinds. This nutrient is used to build brain and nerve cells, and is responsible for cognitive memory and overall brain function. It also helps keep brain inflammation in check thereby being one of the necessary nutrients in managing and preventing cases of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy. A deficiency of this nutrient is linked to learning impairment, depression and poor memory and is even associated with depression and anxiety cases. It is also used in cases of schizophrenia and other mental disorders because it is nutrition for the brain and nervous system. Omega 3 holds the potential to protect nerve damage and helps them regenerate.
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