ESSENTIAL OMEGA-3 & VITAMIN D

OMEGA-3

An ideal diet should contain a healthy ratio of both Omega-6 and Omega-3. These are polyunsaturated fatty acids and are called 'essential' because the body needs them but cannot make them - they must be obtained from the food we eat. Omega-3 contains the nutrients EPA and DHA which are essential to good health.

However in the last 50 years, changes in our diet have resulted in a change to this ratio, with far more Omega-6 being consumed within our diet. Omega-6 is available in everyday cooking oils and fast food whereas Omega-3 is found in more limited sources such as oily fish.

The UK government suggests we should aim to eat at least two portions of fish a week; one of these should be oily in order to increase our intake of Omega-3 nutrients.

For those who don’t like the taste of oily fish, a Seven Seas Pure Cod Liver Oil supplement is a good alternative.

Daily Omega-3 consumption, coupled with a healthy diet and lifestyle can help you feel so good inside that it shows on the outside.

VITAMIN D

Vitamin D has several important functions. Vitamin D helps maintain:

  • Support a healthy immune system.
  • Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles and teeth

Vitamin D is also known as the sunshine vitamin, this is because we most of our vitamin D intake from sunlight on our skin. The vitamin forms under the skin in reaction to sunlight. The source is summer sunlight (May - September in the UK). For many of us it may be difficult to spend time out in the sun. Vitamin D is also found in a small number of foods. A good food sources is oily fish, such as salmon and sardines.

For those who don’t get enough Vitamin D, a Seven Seas Pure Cod Liver Oil supplement is a good alternative. The RDA for vitamin D is 5mcg, which is difficult to obtain through diet alone for many people. The amount of Vitamin D contained in our products varies dependent which on product you choose to take

Read more at www.nhs.uk

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