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Omega-3 fatty acids are perhaps the most important nutrients we can give our body. It delivers a myriad of health benefits both emotional and physical, and Dr. James Stirton breaks down this life-enhancing substance. Technically, Omega-3’s are polyunsaturated fatty acids. They’re essential components to our cell walls and – unfortunately – our body cannot produce them. “Clinical studies show that Omega-3’s are as important as water over your lifetime, and by far the most important nutrient to have in your diet,” Stirton said expressing the significance of the fatty acids. “Omega-3’s impact every cell in your body. Your cells have a phospholipid bilayer, and the fatty acids are useful in creating cell walls, letting trash out and good stuff in.” Stemming from the cellular support throughout the body, Omega-3’s can help lower one’s risk for heart disease and stroke, combat blood clotting, boost organ health and help alleviate stiffness and joint pain. Above the neck, Omega-3’s bolster one’s brain health, cognitive function and can even combat depression. “The human brain is nearly 60 percent fat. We’ve learned in recent years that fatty acids are the most crucial molecules that determine your brain’s integrity and ability to perform,” Stirton said. Stirton noted the the lackluster representation of Omega-3’s in the Standard American Diet as well as his inspiration in learning about them. “Basically, every cell is supported by fatty acids, and not having them impacts all sorts of organs. It’s part of the reason I’ve gotten into this,” Stirton said. “I’ve been researching and part of that culmination is finding out the importance of Omega-3’s and there’s very little of it in the SAD.” Since our body doesn’t naturally produce Omega-3’s, supplementation and adding foods rich in Omega-3’s is the remedy. These foods include fish (oily, ocean fish is best), vegetable oils, walnuts, flax seed, leafy veggies and, of course, the always-recommended fish oil pills. “Currently, our recommended diet is not getting you enough Omega-3’s. Everybody is deficient. If you compare our cardiovascular health to the Japanese, we’d fail that test because their diet is rich in seafood and Omega-3’s. That’s why they’re so healthy,” Stirton explained. “I’ve been getting my patients to put more fish in their diet too. If they can’t, I recommend fish oil pills. The best fish to eat, though, are herring, mackerel and cod. Cod oil is the crème de la crème of these.” One should be careful with their Omega-3 intake, however. It is recommended that one should not exceed a 3,000 milligram limit of Omega-3’s when implementing them into one’s diet. To surmise what the perfect ratio of Omega-3’s in one’s body is, is simply a matter of taking a blood test. “Ideally, you’ll get your blood tested to see where you’re at in the Omega-3 range, which is something I provide in my office. It’s not good to blindly take fish oil,” said Stirton. “If your blood is low on Omega-3’s, you’ve got to know where you’re at so you can take the maximum amount but not too much.” Health benefits abound, it’d be a disservice to one’s health to not adhere Omega-3’s. For more information on these fatty acids or to schedule an Omega-3 blood test at Winters Chiropractic, reach out to Stirton directly at jimstirtondc@gmail.com. It’s like the good doctor always says, “If you’re not certain, ask Dr. Stirton.”

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