Diets rich in omega 3 fatty acids may decrease insulin resistance in people with diabetes. According to a latest research, omega 3 fatty acids have been found to balance the effects of sugar. The Docosahexanoic acid (DHA) within Omega 3 fatty acids may revert the negatives effects of high blood sugar caused by processed food and drinks laden with simple carbohydrates like fructose, glucose and corn syrup.
Fructose can alter hundreds of brain genes which is linked to diseases such as diabetes, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cardiovascular disease and alzheimer’s. Fructose alters the genes in our brains by either removing or adding a biochemical group to cytosine. Cytosine is one of the nucleotides that make up our DNA and plays a important role in turning genes on or off. In a recent study UCLA’s assistant professor of integrative biology and physiology Xia Yang says that DHA is capable of making genetic changes that transform these brain genes back to normal.
Yang also explained while DHA is naturally found in the brain cells of humans, it is not present in large amounts. Hence, an increase in DHA levels may help in fighting certain diseases. What’s more, her co-author UCLA professor of neurosurgery Fernando Gomez-Pinilla added that both the brain and body lack the necessary materials to synthesize DHA. That’s why DHA is essential in our diets. Gomez-Pinilla recommends avoiding sugary soft drinks, cutting down on desserts and generally consuming less sugar and saturated fat as food is like a pharmaceutical compound which affects the brain.
The best dietary sources of are oily fish like tuna, wild salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines. Other good sources are fish, eggs and meat. As well as DHA, animal sources of omega 3 also contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). EPA is also known for its ability to help heart, brain and eye health. Vegans have a harder time getting a high dose of DHA and EPA as vegan sources of omega 3 fatty acids are mostly made up of Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA) but this does not mean they cannot still also get the benefits of the positive genetic changes and other lowered health risks associated with the consumption of DHA and EPA.
Vegans can still get their daily dose of omega 3's from plant sources such as chia seeds, avocado, kiwifruit seed oil, walnuts and flax seeds. The body is then capable of converting ALA to DHA and EPA. However for some people the conversion rate can be quite low especially if there is the presence of disease, smoking, high trans fatty acid and high saturated fatty acid. This means a focus on healthy lifestyles and increased levels of omega 3 consumption is very important for vegans. A great supplement for vegans to use is Lifestreams V-Omega 3 as its provides a good source of both DHA and EPA.