Omega 3

Omega-3, also known as fatty acids, are essential for the body playing many roles. The main benefits of omega-3 are;

  • maintaining healthy joints
  • reliving joint inflammation
  • supporting mobility & flexibility through joint health
  • playing an important role in cardiovascular health
  • supporting healthy brain function

80% of Australians do not meet the recommended Omega-3 intake1.

Unfortunately our bodies don’t produce Omega-3 fatty acids, hence it’s important for us to obtain these through our diet or supplementation. Omega-3 can be obtained through a variety of dietary sources, with oily fish (sardines, tuna, salmon) having the highest concentration. There are also many foods that are omega-3 fortified, including some eggs, butters, milks, breads & pastas. They are generally clearly labelled with omega-3.

Omega 3

It’s recommended that 9000mg of omega-3 be taken for benefits related to arthritis to be recognised.

The Omega-3 Index is a measure of omega-3 status and an indication of heart health. The ideal omega-3 index should be >8.0%, though most Australians have low levels, between 4 and 6%.

1 Australians are not meeting the Recommended Intakes for Omega-3 Long Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids: Results from the 2011-2012 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey, Meyer, March 2016