Omega-3 fatty acids are essential, unsaturated fatty acids that your body can not produce by itself. Therefore omega-3 fatty acids need to be supplied by your diet or in form of supplements. The body requires omega-3 fatty acids as building blocks for your cell membranes, nerve cells and brain cells. Furthermore, omega-3 fatty acids are precursors of numerous prostaglandins, which possess anti-inflammatory effects.
In addition, omega-3 fatty acids play important roles in important bodily processes like hormone production, protein synthesis (muscle building), cell metabolism, joint lubrication, immune system defence, and a reduction of inflammations. You may have noticed that this list contains a whole series of processes that are crucial for hard working out women. Unfortunately a widespread lack of Omega-3 fatty acids will impair all of these processes. In other words, this means that a lack of omega-3 fatty acids can significantly reduce your physical performance - not to mention a reduced mental performance, because your body will be missing important building blocks for brain and nerve cells. On the other side, a sufficient intake of healthy omega-3 fatty acids will provide a variety of health benefits that could easily fill a whole book or two. But that's not all. Omega-3 fatty acids have a whole range of effects and properties that can support your fat loss efforts and accelerate your fat loss progress.
Especially for women, it will be interesting to know that omega-3 fatty acids can promote a youthful and appearance of the skin, as well as healthy and strong hair.
Omega-3 fatty acids naturally occur only in a few selected foods in appreciable quantities. These foods include certain vegetable oils, grass fed beef, certain algae, and fat fish, with fat fish probably being the best source of the two omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA which are needed by the human body. In vegetable products, omega-3 fatty acids only occur in form of alpha-linolenic acid, which the body can not use directly and must first convert into the two omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Unfortunately, this transformation process is not very efficient, as many factors can affect this transformation, and the levels of enzymes needed for this transformation decrease with age. In effect, the conversion rate of alpha-linolenic acid to EPA is only about 5 percent and the conversion to DHA is less than 1 percent.
Thus, herbal omega-3 sources are not really suitable for satisfying your omega-3 needs. In the end, it can be assumed that most people who do not eat fatty fish several times a week, will suffer from a more or less pronounced omega-3 deficiency. But there is good news too. The daily requirement of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA is well below one gram and can easily be covered by a high-quality fish oil product such as Ironwomen Omega-3.
Because the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids could easily fill more than one book, we must confine ourselves to a small selection of health benefits here. For example, omega-3 fatty acids are important for maintaining a healthy heart function and a healthy cardiovascular system, as they have a positive effect on cholesterol and blood lipid levels, can reduce your blood pressure, can improve blood flow, and may prevent thrombosis. With this information in mind, it's not surprising to hear that scientific studies have shown that an omega-3 supplementation can reduce your heart attack risk by 30 to 70 percent.
According to the European Food Safety Authority omega-3 fatty acids will contribute to a healthy brain function and further research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids can also protect against dementia and other degenerative brain diseases. For intensively exercising women, the pronounced anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids may also be of interest, since they can promote and accelerate post-workout recovery and counteract joint pain.
According to scientific studies, omega-3 fatty acids may even slow down the aging process, which is due to the fact that the telomeres that protect the DNA in your cells become shorter with age, which increases the risk of mutations and cell damage. Omega-3 fatty acids seem to counteract this shortening of the telomeres effectively.
Omega-3 fatty acids have a whole range of scientifically proven effects and properties that can promote fat loss and thus any fat loss diet and contest preparation. Studies have shown that volunteers, who supplemented omega-3 fatty acids, lost between 1 and 2 kilos more fat within 3 or 4 weeks than subjects in the control group, who did not supplement with omega-3 fatty acids, but adhered the same diet and exercise program. Several factors could have contributed to this. Scientific research has shown that the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA increase the use of body fat for fuel, which not only causes the body to burn more fat, but also spares your muscle glycogen reserves. During a strict fat loss diet, this can increase your exercise performance can significantly, which in turn will result in an increased amount of burned calories.
Another interesting aspect of omega-3 fatty acids is their ability to increase insulin sensitivity and stabilize blood sugar levels. Both results in a reduced insulin secretion after your meals and will lower fluctuations of your blood sugar levels, which can cause hunger and cravings.
Even though most women who use Ironwomen products are hard exercising athletes and not self-obsessed fashion dolls, it may still be interesting for you to know that omega-3 fatty acids have beneficial effects on health and appearance of skin and hair. As far as your hair is concerned, omega-3 fatty acids can strengthen your hair, promote hair growth and nourish the hair follicles, resulting in firmer, fuller, glossier and more elastic hair anchored firmly in your scalp. At the same time, omega-3 fatty acids counteract a dry scalp and the formation of unattractive dandruff.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also crucial for a healthy skin appearance. A lack of omega-3 fatty acids will quickly lead to dry and chapped skin and, conversely, omega-3 fatty acids can very effectively counteract dry skin and significantly improve skin elasticity and resilience. In addition, omega-3 fatty acids can reduce acne and may even help with psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.
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Recommended daily intake: 1 capsule unchewed with sufficient liquid