Omega 3 could be the key

Omega 3 could be the key:

Air pollution is on the increase. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 80% of people in urban areas are exposed to dangerously high levels of pollution. And it’s an unpleasant fact that the toxic particles making up that pollution can penetrate our lungs and make their way all around the body. Our respiratory, circulatory, nervous, cardiovascular and even reproductive systems are all at risk.

So if you love your big city life but want to protect yourself from the effects of pollution, where do you turn? It seems Omega-3 fats could hold the key.

Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid, which means it cannot be produced by the body – we can only get it from our diets or by taking a regular supplement. And recent studies suggest it can reduce the impact of air-borne pollutants on our body’s fragile systems.

Pollution can cause inflammatory and oxidative stress on the body and make us vulnerable to serious health issues. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties and could help combat the toxins we inhale on our daily commutes and outdoor activities. Happily, they also support bone and joint health, improve sleep, raise our levels of ‘good’ cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.

The recommended daily intake of Omega-3 is 2-4g and it’s not difficult to achieve. Top dietary sources include oily fish like mackerel, salmon, tuna and sardines, as well as egg yolks; while plant-based sources like spinach, soybeans, walnuts, chia and flax seeds are also rich. Try and get your Omega-3 from a varied source of foods, as over-consumption of fish like salmon can also carry risks from mercury and other pollutants. If you want to keep it even simpler, a good quality food supplement can give you your daily dose instantly.

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