Omega 3 fatty acids have gotten a fair share of public attention in recent times. A recent report published by Polaris Market Research has estimated that the global omega 3 market will grow at 7.9% CAGR from 2017 to 2026. In 2017, global Omega 3 market was valued at USD 2,184.3 million. A significant surge in cognizance concerning nutrition, changing regimes, and health welfares presented by Omega 3 determines the growth of this market. Few of the eminent companies outlined in the above report are Omega Protein Corporation, Cargill, Inc., Croda International PLC, Royal DSM, Natrol LLC, GC Reiber Oils, Pharma Marine AS, Nordic Naturals Inc., Pharma Nord B.V., Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC, and Pharmavite LL among others.
But have you ever really asked yourself what they are, what they contribute to your body, and how modern technology is using these compounds to improve human health? If you are asking those questions now, you’re in the right place.
Omega 3 fatty acids are a category of polyunsaturated fatty acids that are vital for various functions in the body. The human body is capable of creating saturated fatty acids but is unable to formulate the double bonds required to synthesise omega 3 fatty acids. There are 3 types of omega 3 occurring in various kinds of food.
Some kinds of omega 3 acids occur in shellfish and fatty fish while other types can be found in vegetable oils. Omega 3 acids can be also obtained in the form of dietary supplements. The most commonly known benefit of consuming omega 3 is that it results in a reduction in the risk of developing heart disease. Omega 3 is known to enhance fatal development, weight loss and bowel function. The food and drug agency has recently approved two Omega 3 supplements as a remedy for high triglycerides (a kind of fat known to cause heart disease in high concentrations).
Besides these, Omega 3 is known to reduce high blood pressure. Numerous clinical studies point to the fact that diets containing high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids enhance the levels of good cholesterol (known as HDL), stabilising blood pressure. A review of 17 clinical analyses on the effects of omega 3 supplements showed significant evidence that consuming 3 or more grams of fish oil every day reduced blood pressure in individuals with untreated hypertension.
Individuals with diabetes usually suffer excessively high amounts of triglyceride. Omega 3 is a known suppressant of Apoproteins and triglyceride. It also increases the levels of good cholesterol within the body. So consuming supplements with sufficient amounts of omega 3 could be of great benefit to diabetes patients. There are also studies on its effect on prostate cancer in men.
Though highly beneficial, the omega 3 found in fish and fish oil extracts may prove problematic for individuals who are allergic to fish and fish oil. But for those that are, there is no need to worry. Manufacturers have addressed this issue by fortifying most foods and beverages with omega 3. Consumed in this form, the supplement has no negative effect on individuals allergic to fish.