What are Omega 3 fatty acids? | Chiropactic Singapore

As a Singapore chiropractor, I often get asked about the role of omega-3 fatty acids in promoting optimal health.While my primary focus is on spinal health and alternative therapies, I understand the importance of proper nutrition and its impact on the body.

Omega 3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These are known as essential fatty acids, which means the body cannot produce them itself, so must be taken in your diet. They are important parts of every cell in your body, for the membranes (or walls) of the cells. They are also in high quantities in eyes, brains and sperm cells! As well as providing structure for the body, they are also key components in your heart, immune system, respiratory system and blood vessels.

Where can I find Omega 3?

The varying types are in high quantities in different foods.

ALA is found mostly in plant oils, such as:

  • Flaxseed
  • Nuts
  • Soybeans
  • Chia seeds
  • Walnuts

DHA and EPA are found in fish and other seafood, such as:

  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Tuna
  • Sardines
  • Herring

They can also be fortified into certain foods, such as eggs or yogurts.

What about supplements?

Options include fish oil, krill oil and algal oil. These options are recommended above cod liver oil which is generally less effective.

What are some benefits of consuming more Omega-3?

The good fats in Omega-3 will:

  • Lower triglyceride levels that put you at risk for heart disease
  • Curb stiffness and joint pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Help babies’ brain development
  • Improve lung function as seen in asthmatics
  • Potentially help prevent memory loo

Research even shows cultures that consume more Omega-3s have lower cases of depression!

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FAQs

Can chiropractors in Singapore provide nutritional advice on omega-3 fatty acids?

Chiropractors in Singapore can offer general nutritional guidance, including information on omega-3 fatty acids. However, for more specific dietary recommendations, it’s advisable to consult with a qualified nutritionist or dietitian.

Can omega-3 fatty acids help with joint pain?

Omega-3 fatty acids possess anti-inflammatory properties that may help alleviate joint pain. While chiropractors in Singapore primarily focus on spinal health, they can provide holistic advice on lifestyle factors, including nutrition, that may support joint health.

Are there any side effects of omega-3 fatty acid supplements?

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements are generally safe, but they may cause minor side effects like digestive issues or a fishy aftertaste. It’s recommended to consult a healthcare professional, including a chiropractor in Singapore, before starting any new dietary supplement.

How much omega-3 fatty acids should I consume daily?

The recommended daily intake of omega-3 fatty acids varies depending on factors such as age, sex, and overall health. Chiropractors in Singapore can provide general guidance, but for personalized recommendations, consult with a nutritionist or healthcare provider.

Can chiropractic care in Singapore enhance the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids?

Chiropractic care primarily focuses on spinal health, while omega-3 fatty acids support overall well-being. While there is no direct link, chiropractic care can promote overall health, potentially complementing the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and supporting your body’s natural healing processes.

Are there vegetarian or vegan sources of omega-3 fatty acids?

Yes, vegetarian and vegan sources of omega-3 fatty acids include ALA-rich foods like flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and walnuts. However, these plant-based sources provide a different form of omega-3s (ALA) compared to EPA and DHA found in fish oil. Consider discussing supplementation options with a healthcare professional.

Since 2013, Upper Cervical Singapore Chiropractor, DC. Shaan Rai helped patients achieve greater health, relocating to Singapore in 2016 and founding Vitality Chiropractic Centres. He has an impressive track record in providing relief and solutions for people who experience nerve system problems, such as headaches, migraines, dizziness, vertigo or neurological conditions.

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For a Complimentary, no-obligation call with the Chiropractor or to book a Consultation, call +65 8438 9550 or email help@vitalitychiropracticcentres.com to find out if we can help you at our Chiropractic Clinic in Singapore.

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Shaan Rai (Chiropractic, Singapore)

Shaan (UK) is based in Singapore. He is a GCC registered Singapore Chiropractor, completing a 5 year course at AECC, attaining his Masters in Chiropractic. His career has been specialised in neurological cases, such as migraines and vertigo. He is the Vuce President and Chairman for Outreach & Charity for Alliance of Chiropractic (AoC) and is a founder of Vitality Chiropractic Singapore. He developed the NeuroPro method, combining Upper Cervical techniques with Functional Neurology Rehab.

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