My friends and I love playing tennis. In fact, when I’m on the court winning OR losing, there is no place I’d rather be, just like the shirt says. Because this is true, I do what I can away from the court to make the time I spend on the court as productive as possible. This includes providing my body with what it needs to enhance my chances to out perform my opponent OR maybe just to feel my best.
One supplement I take daily are omega-3 fatty acids. Here are some interesting things I know about them.
There are two types of polyunsaturated fats, omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids that are vital for such basic functions as energy production, cell membrane formation and proper hemoglobin manufacturing. When the body is in short supply of these essential acids, a myriad of problems can arise including fatigue, immune weakness, gastrointestinal disorders, heart and circulatory problems, reduced growth rate and more.
Nutrition experts believe the body functions best with a 1:1 or 2:1 omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. However, the average diet supplies an overabundance of omega-6 fatty acids by at least 10:1. Since most of us consume sufficient omega-6 fatty acids (mostly from vegetable oils), the focus should be on obtaining more omega-3 fatty acids.
There are two main types of omega-3 fatty acids that warrant the most attention when considering omega-3 supplementation. Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) is a direct precursor to beneficial hormone-like compounds called eicosanoids, important regulators of vital body functions. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is especially vital for the health of nerve tissues in the brain, eyes and retina. Our bodies need a balance of both of these types of omega-3s to reach peak nutrition.
In order to reach the greatest level of benefit from Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, you need a high-quality fish oil supplement that meets industry, safety and purity standards, doesn’t’ taste fishy, and that’s also effectively balanced in EPA and DHA fatty acids.
I want to encourage you to add omega-3s to your diet and I want to caution you to READ THE LABEL of any supplement you purchase. All supplements are NOT created equally. Please see the labels below and note the differences then read the label of what you have in your cupboard.
Bottom line is when I am playing tennis, there is no place I’d rather be and omega-3s help me be at my best on the court and off!