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Everyone is crazy about omega-3, the "good" fatty acids, which among their various properties, strengthen our immune system. Various seeds, nuts, soybeans, blueberries: these are the foods that contain them, often underestimated, to the advantage of supplements that do not always provide the desired effects.
Some properties of these nutrients have long been known: they provide energy, help boost heart function, improve lung capacity, fight inflammation, and support the endocrine system.
Recent research also suggests that they can be a valid ally in the prevention and response to some cancers, even if the recommended dose is higher than what we normally take with the diet.
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But not only physical effects: a very recent study indicates how omega-3s also affect psychological health, so much so that their deficiency increases the risk of psychotic disorders, even if the link has not yet been fully understood.
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There are three types of omega acid, including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the latter being the focus of cancer and mental health research.
And there's more: they are all valid allies of the immune system, as claimed by several scientific studies.
So is it better to take food supplements?
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In reality, these are not always the solution because it is not always true that the effects are the ones expected. And in general, it is always better to turn to foods, some of which contain really large quantities.
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Particularly flax and chia seeds, nuts, soy and blueberries they are excellent sources of omega-3s. All of these foods, by the way, are known for several other nutritional benefits. For example, flax seeds, in addition to containing omega3, are sources of various vitamins and minerals, while blueberries are also rich in antioxidants and can help protect the brain from damage caused by free radicals and reduce the effects of conditions related to age such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia.
Sometimes eating healthy is easier and tastier than you think.
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