Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids or polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are essential fatty acids that play an important role in brain function and normal growth and development. Heart disease can be kept at bay with omega-3 fatty acids. Deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids results in heart problems, dry skin, poor retention and fatigue. Omega-3 fatty acids supplements are said to reduce the risk for chronic heart disease, cancer and arthritis. Omega 3 Fatty Acids help in tackling pain and inflammation and also treating depression and bipolar disease. Salmon, tuna, mackerel and oils such as flaxseed oil and fish oil are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Serotonin is a hormone that influences brain functioning. It is synthesized in brain neurons and can be found in the intestinal wall and constricted blood vessels. Serotonin affects appetite, nervous system, sleep, moods and behavior. Deficiency in serotonin leads to excessive anxiety, low self esteem, depression, sugar cravings and agitation. This can happen due to Omega-3 deficiency, insufficient exposure to sunlight, lack of exercise, lack of sleep and insulin resistance. Foods rich in amino acid L-Tryptophan such as flaxseed, whey protein, eggs, seafood, dark chocolate and green leafy vegetables help the body produce serotonin. Regular exercise and healthy diet are vital to combat serotonin deficiency. Shun negative thoughts and work at sleeping well. Antidepressants may be prescribed.
Phospholipids are the principal components of cell membranes. These lipids form a bilayer enclosing the cytoplasm and other cell components and allow selective permeation into and out of the cell. These phospholipids protect the cell from chemicals, toxins, pathogens and free radicals. The phosphate head portion is hydrophilic (capable of mixing with water) while the lipid tail is hydrophobic; thus making phospholipids 'amphipathic'. Phospholipids are not triglycerides. Fatty acids are better absorbed from phospholipids as they dissolve in aqueous solutions. Phospholipids are often added to supplements and infant milk powder. Phospholipids are good carriers of Omega 3 PUFAs that are good for infant growth.
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