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Omega 3 and 6 benefits
(Medical Journal, Nature 2004)

The fatty acids omega-3, together with the omega-6 are essential fats for the human body. That is to say, their presence in the food are needed for a normal development of the organism.

Which are the benefits of these fatty acids?

In the children the essential fats contribute to control the dispersed attention syndrome, achieving higher concentration, contributing to accomplish a systematic activity, to accept the discipline rules and to maintain an appropriate academic performance, since they are indispensable for the normal function of that part of the brain which coordinates the memory and reasoning functions. This syndrome is very common in the children, that affects up to 50%, could continue to persist in the adolescence and in the plenitude of the adult age.

Other benefit of the omega-3 is related with the immune system. It has been demonstrated that has a regulating function in the synthesis of substances that could cause disorders like fever, pain, swelling and irritation.

It is also related with the aging process. A rich diet in omega-3 contributes to a good mental health in people of the third age, when acting as a natural anti-inflammatory; being these fatty acids a favorable compound in the treatment of the Alzheimer disease and the arthritis.

The omega-3 has an inhibitory effect of the thrombosis in the arteries, by which the blood becomes more fluid, avoiding cardiovascular problems. On the other hand, the omega-6, reduces the levels of the LDL (bad) cholesterol, but also those of the HDL (good), that’s why a good relation in the ingestion of the fatty acids omega 3 and 6 should be coexisted, so that they can produce a favorable effect in the human health.

The omega-3 is important for the vision, because it allows the brain to capture more rapidly the images that the person is observing.

Where we can find the fatty acids omega-3 and 6?

The omega-3 are found in the soya bean oil, in dry fruits (nuts, almonds, hazelnuts) and in the deep water fish, in lesser quantity in mackerel, herring, salmon, sardine, tuna and anchovy. The canned products also contain them. The fish like tuna, goldfish, “surub픝, hake, sole, king fish, corvine, trout, also contain omega-3, but in a considerably smaller quantity.

It is very important to incorporate these foods 2 times per week, mainly in the children, teaching them the benefits they possess, in order to achieve better acceptance.

The omega-6 is found in integral cereals, dry fruits, sunflower seeds, peanut, vegetables, chicken, pork, in corn, sunflower, grape and cardamon oils in mayonnaise and margarines.
We can prevent many illnesses with a varied and balanced feeding. And it is also of vital importance to incorporate all the nutrients, mainly in the children meals, as they need them, because they are in the full growth and development.

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