Many fish oil pearls with omega 3 are sold today. Do they ensure the correct supply of omega 3? And above all, what is omega 3 and what benefits does it offer us? What are these capsules taken for?
The truth is that within a varied and especially healthy diet, omega-3 fatty acids offer us interesting benefits and qualities, thanks to the fact that they are healthy fats whose regular – but never excessive – consumption helps us to look after the health of our arteries and our heart.
What are omega-3 capsules and beads? What do they consist of?
The omega 3 capsules are dietary supplements rich in this fatty acid that ensures that we take the recommended amounts of this polyunsaturated fat daily.
However, there is a misconception that fish oil pearls enriched with omega 3 do not offer the same virtues as the blue fish itself.
This thinking is a mistake, since there would be no difference between getting the omega 3 acids from fish and a concentrate in capsules. You know why? This is because many dietary supplements, pearls or fish oil capsules themselves are sold enriched with these fatty acids, so that they enrich the blood and other tissues with omega-3s in the same way as fish does.
However, omega-3 pearls should never replace any food, let alone recommended portions of fish, as they should only act as a food supplement, and never as a substitute.
What are the benefits of omega-3 capsules?
Among other important properties, omega-3 fatty acids offer the following health benefits:
- They prevent tissue inflammation.
- They promote the production of hormones and help in the synthesis of proteins.
- Suitable for the formation of the body’s immune cells. In addition, they protect us from infectious diseases.
- They are suitable for cell metabolism.
- They act as a lubricant for the joints.
But there is no doubt that omega-3 fatty acids are ideal for natural heart care, because they help reduce lipids (fats) in the blood, reduce blood clotting and the risk of thrombosis by improving the proper functioning of blood flow, and lower blood pressure.
In addition, they help reduce insomnia, improve the health of our eyes by preventing macular degeneration, reduce inflammation and strengthen the immune system.
Who should take omega-3 capsules?
Generally, all people who wish to do so, although they must take special care of their contribution, both pregnant women and children.
This is because, in gestation and in breastfeeding itself, omega-3s are essential for the baby’s neurological development, as well as helping in the improvement of premature babies’ motor functions, learning and sight.
In addition, people who have a family history of high bad cholesterol and cardiovascular problems should take omega-3s in the correct dosage.
Basically, we could then reduce the group of people in whom the regular consumption of capsules and omega 3 pearls would be recommended, although it is true that this is ideal at any time and stage of life, as this type of fatty acid is necessary for both young and old people:
- In case of high cholesterol and high triglycerides
- In case of high blood pressure.
It is best in all cases not to exceed the recommended daily dose (e.g. eating oily fish 3 or 4 times a week), as it can cause a drop in good cholesterol and gallstones.
When it is not appropriate to take omega-3 capsules
Although they are healthy fatty acids, they are not recommended for use in the following conditions:
- In case of diabetes.
- In case of hypertension and follow-up of antihypertensive medical treatment.
- If you take anticoagulant medication.
- If you take cholesterol-lowering medication.
- If you are prone to bleeding.
How to take the omega-3 pearls and capsules
It is always best to follow the directions on the pearl or capsule packaging we have purchased. In fact, we can find them in 500 mg and 1000 mg capsules.
It is true, however, that the vast majority are maintained at a dose level as follows:
- 1 omega 3 capsule at breakfast, lunch and dinner (if the dose is 500 mg).
- 1 omega-3 capsule at breakfast and one at dinner (if the dose is 1000 mg).
However, it is not advisable to ingest more than 3 grams per day of omega-3 fatty acids, the equivalent of 3000 mg.