We’ve all heard how omega fatty acids are great and how it does wonders for our body and immune system. But did you know that there are more than one type of Omega fatty acids? To understand the general concept, both Omegas belong to a group of polyunsaturated fats called 'essential'. It’s called that because our bodies cannot produce it and hence we’re only able to get it from food sources. 

Here’s a breakdown of the differences and where you can get your fix from. 

1. Omega 3 

More popular among the Omega fatty acids, Omega 3 is most commonly found in fish, oil, and garlic and walnuts. Here’s what it can do for your health: 

  • Omega 3 fights depressions. Studies have found that people who take supplements for Omega 3 are less likely to be depressed. 
  • Omega 3 can improve the health of your eyesight. The reason for this is in its DHA chemical structure. Intake of the supplement has been reported to reduce mascular degeneration of the retina. 
  • Omega 3 is good for the brain. DHA is a compound that makes it good for brain development. This is especially essential during pregnancy stages where research has shown it linked to higher intelligence, decrease risk of development delay, and a decrease in the risk of ADHD
  • Omega 3 is good for the heart because it can reduce blood pressure, triglycerides, and even raise good cholesterol. Omega 3 is also very often linked to reduced inflamation. 
  • Omega 3 may help prevent cancer. Studies have shown that adults who consumed a lot of it have a lowered risk in colon cancer. 
  • Omega 3 can also prevent the risk of asthma in children. 
  • Omega 3 may also improve bone and joint health. It’s just as essential to adults like it is for kids. 

You can read more about the benefits here.  

2. Omega 6

While it doesn’t enjoy the popularity of Omega 3, Omega 6 is equally beneficial though not exactly advertised widely. We’ve listed down some of the more known benefits and what it can do for you. 
  • Like Omega 3, Omega 6 fights inflammation. The healthy fats found in Omega 6 creates an anti-inflammatory nutrient that your body does not produce
  • Anti-aging and heart disease prevention. Similary to Omega 3, Omega 6 has properties that promote good health and reduces the tendency of blood platelets to group together. 
  • It has been linked to reducing nerve pain, Omega 6 helps to control blood sugar and trials using this as treatment has found this very useful and effective 

If none of these are in your diet, it is hightime you start considering it to be as it has more benefits than you thought of. Eat more of foods that contain those properties, or even supplements that are rich in them. Stay healthy!