Nutrition: Fatty Acids and Omega 3


In an ideal world, the food we consume would fulfill all our needs in nutrients and vitamins. Yes, in an ideal world because people who can truly say that they meet their needs in fruits and veggies, vitamins and iron are rare these days.

A few years ago, an anti-fat movement was born. Okay, I might be exaggerating a tad bit, but you have to admit that the only thing we saw in supermarkets was the label “fat-free”! That led many to believe that we shouldn’t consume any fat at all, which is wrong. We reduced our butter and cream consumption, but what about the good fats? Our body needs these fats to get through the day, and our energy comes from them, as well as our ability of absorbing vitamins A, B, E and K.


This being said, omega-3, for example, are good fats, and so are any other polyunsaturated fatty acids. These are found in certain nuts, grains as well as in fish and some seafood. Why is there so much hype around this fatty acid? Simply because many studies showed that it brings numerous benefits to those who consume it sufficiently. Here are some:

  • Reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases and prevents blood clots;
  • Contributes to diminishing blood pressure, cholesterol level and stabilizes heart rate;
  • Improves kidney performance and raises energy level;
  • Promotes intellectual development in children and adults;
  • Increases visual acuity;
  • Promotes DHA development in a pregnant woman’s fetus’s brain.


And if that wasn’t enough to convince you, we say that consuming omega-3 type fatty acid would have a role in preventing and treating certain cancers. There are plenty of reasons why you should consume a sufficient amount of omega-3 every day. And if you aren’t really delighted by the idea of eating fish every day, you can easily find organic and natural supplements in pharmarcies.

Our favourite? The Krill based omega-3 supplements by Adrien Gagnon. There is no fishy aftertaste (we tried it) and it is probably the best omega-3 supplement you can find. We like it even more because the krill used is certified Friend of the Sea, which means that it was caught sustainably. We also say that krill oil, this little shrimp-looking crustacean, provides an antioxidant called astaxanthin, which offers him a good protection against free radicals.


PurRED 100% Krill 300 mg capsules, $27.99 for a box of 75 capsules, in pharmacies and department stores.

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