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Why We Need Omega-3’s In Our Diet

These days there is an increasing trend of using Omega-3 fatty acids in our diet– like eating oily fish–because it might have health benefits. Today, especially, there are more people consuming omega-3’s for their own health. So, what is omega-3? What are the health benefits of omega 3? In this article we are going to talk about the science behind omega-3 and how it is beneficial, and if there are any side effects to taking omega-3 supplements.

Why do we need fats in our diet?

Let’s start by addressing why we even need fats in our diet. Fats are an essential component of a healthy diet. They’re involved in everything from providing a major source of energy to communication between the cells in our body. They also contribute to the flavor and texture of many foods. Some examples are:

  • Nuts
  • Oils 
  • Seeds 
  • Salmon 
  • Avocado 
  • and more!

Eating certain types of fats may actually help reduce your blood cholesterol levels and lower your risk for cardiovascular disease. There are two major types of fats we eat:

  1. saturated
  2. and unsaturated.

Although some foods are only associated with one type of fat, any food with fat usually contains a blend of saturated and unsaturated fats.

Saturated fats are more solid at room temperature than unsaturated fats. They are found primarily in animal products like meat and dairy, as well as hydrogenated vegetable oils and tropical oils like palm oil or coconut oil.

Unsaturated fats are more liquid at room temperature than saturated fats. They can be found in vegetable or plant-derived oils and animal products like meat, dairy, and fish. Types of unsaturated fats include omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9.

What are omega-3’s?

Technically speaking, Omega-3’s are polyunsaturated fatty acids.They are often found from animal sources like seafood, or olive oil and many other vegetables. Since they are essential fatty acids, it means that we do not produce them in our bodies and we must obtain them from our diet or from supplements.

The thing about omega 3’s that most consumers, and some health practitioners, don’t understand is that it isn’t just one single nutrient. There are 3 main types of omega-3’s:

  1.  ALA omega-3
  2. EPA omega-3
  3. and DHA omega-3.

The plant form of omega-3’s is called ALA.

How essential are omega-3’s to our body?

Our bodies do not make omega 3’s, even though we rely on them for proper brain, eye, and heart function. The American Heart Association recommends the consumption of oily fatty fish at least 2 times a week in order to obtain the sufficient amounts of DHA and EPA. This means that oily fish like salmon, herring, sardines, trout, and tuna contain the richest sources of DHA and EPA.

Fish oil supplements are derived mainly from the same oily fish sources, but the only reason to even consider taking these supplements is if you cannot get it in your diet, or you simply do not like eating fish. While it is always best to obtain your nutrients from your foods, supplements and alternatives can help you maintain and balance a healthy lifestyle if your diet is not sufficient. 

For those of you who are vegetarians, you can consider flax seed, chia seeds, walnuts, and soybeans. Even though these types of foods do not provide DHA and EPA specifically, they do provide ALA (remember, this is the plant form of omega-3). Our bodies actually can make some DHA and EPA out of ALA, but only a small amount, so eating the fish is actually the more ideal route. 

What are the benefits of omega-3’s?

Let’s go into some of the research-based benefits of omega-3’s.

Lowers Triglyceride Cholesterol

First of all, omega-3’s can lower your triglyceride level. In fact, the American Heart Association just released a new advisory stating that omega-3 fatty acids can help lower very high triglycerides by twenty to thirty percent and can be safely used with statins.

While these studies do require incredibly high levels of dosing, they were not found to be harmful in any of the trials. The studies showed that 4,000mg of prescription omega-3 fatty acids daily were effective at reducing triglyceride levels.  They also note that they do not recommend over the counter formulations because they are not FDA-regulated. In addition to these benefits, they can also modestly increase HDL, which is considered the ‘good’ cholesterol.

Improve Blood Pressure

Large studies have shown that daily doses of fish oil reduce systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. These effects seem to be greater in those with untreated high blood pressure, reducing their blood pressures by significant amounts. This is an important risk factor for the development of heart disease. By raising the HDL cholesterol in our blood, it can help to keep blood platelets from clumping together. This also helps to prevent the formation of harmful blood clots.

They can help to prevent the build up of plaque in your arteries that can constrict and harden your arteries and lead to atherosclerosis. Omega-3’s also help to control inflammation which is good for blood vessels and your heart.

Heart & Blood Vessels

Many studies have shown that eating fatty fish and other types of seafood as part of a healthy eating pattern helps to keep our heart healthy and helps to protect you from diseases like myocardial infarction, atherosclerosis and stroke. Fish oil supplements help to lower any heightened triglyceride levels. Having high levels of this blood fat puts you at increased risk for heart disease and stroke.

Mental Health

Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential building block for the brain cell structures and membranes. As a result, they are vital for optimal brain functions. Further, omega-3 acids are also necessary for adequate performance of the nerve cells. It has been shown that in certain conditions, fish oil can help in the improvement of memory as well.

Omega-3’s can easily travel through your brain’s cell membranes and interact with mood related molecules inside the brain. They also have anti-inflammatory actions and they can relieve depression (not completely, of course). Omega-3 fatty acids have been studied in various mood disorders, such as postpartum depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, and attention deficit disorders.

The bottom line on omega-3’s and mental health is that omega-3 fatty acids are promising natural treatment for mood disorders, but we need more research on how they work, how effective they are, and long-term strategies.


The number and activity of the disease fighting cells of the body, known as B-cells and T-cells, goes up with regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids. This, along with its anti-inflammatory properties, helps in building stronger immunity. Omega-3 fatty acids are important for both adaptive and innate immunity. They improve the activity of macrophages, which are large immune cells that eat up bacteria and other pathogens. They are also important for neutrophils and other types of cells in our immune system. 

Omega-3’s help in preventing and controlling auto-immune diseases. That is when our immunity causes damage to our own cells and tissues. These fatty acids control inflammation, which can occur as a result of immune reactivity. Getting enough omega-3’s during the first year of life are linked to a reduced risk of many autoimmune diseases like type-1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

Skin & Hair

Omega-3’s may protect against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Studies have shown that supplementing with a combination of DHA and EPA can reduce the skin sensitivity to UV rays. Omega-3’s help moisturize the skin and fight red, dry, and itchy skins caused by skin disorders. This is because omega-3’s improve your skin’s barrier functions, sealing in the moisture and keeping out the irritants. Omega-3’s also help with accelerated wound healing, as they are required by the new growing cell to synthesize their cell membranes. Omega-3’s are also good for hair as they help to prevent hair loss and promote hair regrowth.

How Can I Receive Omega-3’s?

There is a major difference in taking in omega-3’s through your diet versus through taking supplements of fish oil. Although you can get the recommended amount of omega fatty acids from supplementation easily, the dietary guidelines from various health authorities say that nutritional needs should be met primarily through our diet.

But for some people, supplements may be a useful way to get nutrients that they otherwise lack. Supplements are not intended to replace foods. They cannot replicate all of the nutrients and benefits of whole foods like fish, nuts, fruits and vegetables.

Try to include these foods in your regular diet as these foods are also rich in other essential fatty acids and vital nutrients like selenium, magnesium, manganese, biotin, protein and fiber, which are all essential nutrients that our body requires.

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If you’re interested in learning more about ways you can boost your immunity, improve your mental health, and more, visit our wellness shop. We offer a variety of services to help you feel healthy, happy, and energized to live your life to the fullest.

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Make Your Skin Glow from Within with IV Hydration Therapy

If your skin has seen better days, you may be tempted to purchase the latest serum or moisturizer. While products or procedures can make a big difference in the appearance of your skin, you need to know that your skin is largely a reflection of your internal health. If you’re fighting acne, dullness or redness, you need to take a look at what you’re consuming. If your diet is packed with processed foods and sweets and devoid of nutrients, it’s no wonder your largest organ is struggling. Since most people don’t drink enough water, dehydration could be making things even worse. Gradually improving your diet will take time but IV hydration therapy can give you a quick boost in fluids, vitamins and nutrients. There are three powerful ingredients that can be included in your IV drip to give you a healthy, glowing complexion.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is popular because it plays such an important role in health and wellbeing. Diet, lifestyle, and environment can increase the level of oxidative stress the body has to deal with. Cells begin to deteriorate and this is linked to wrinkles and other signs of aging. When you boost your vitamin C levels via IV, you’ll get a concentrated dose of antioxidants.  Vitamin C also plays a major role in the production of collagen which helps to keep skin firm. Since there’s a limit to how Vitamin C you can take by mouth, it’s a good idea to supplement with IV hydration therapy.


Glutathione is another important antioxidant that has wide application in the medical community. Outside of being used to treat serious illnesses, it has been known to increase skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles. If you’re dealing with eczema or dryness, it can also help to improve the appearance of your skin. You may benefit from a smoother texture and a more even tone. The body only produces small amounts of glutathione. You can get it from garlic, onion, kale broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts but the most effective way to increase your intake is via IV therapy.


Zinc is a trace mineral and it helps to protect the skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. It’s also necessary for the repair of skin tissue. In addition, zinc is involved in the skin’s production of oil and zinc deficiency has been linked to breakouts. If you’ve been struggling with acne, you may benefit from an infusion of zinc and other nutrients.

Contact IVMeNow to Learn About Your IV Hydration Therapy Options

If you want your skin to look and feel better, contact us today and ask about our IV hydration therapy options. We offer a mobile service throughout South Florida.

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How NAD Infusions Can Help with Anti-Aging

Getting older is inevitable but you don’t have to look and feel your age. You also don’t have to show signs of premature aging. You don’t need to live with diminished muscle tone, wrinkled skin or low energy levels. While there are many types of treatments and procedures out there, you may want to try nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide or NAD infusion therapy.

NAD is a coenzyme that helps to reduce signs of aging and unlike other interventions, it works at the cellular level. The best way to supplement the amount of NAD in your body is through NAD infusion therapy. While there are oral supplements on the market, your body won’t fully absorb the dosage you take.

How NAD Infusion Therapy Help

NAD therapy can assist in boosting mental clarity, memory, metabolic function, skin and muscle tone, and cognitive function. NAD’s effects are wide-ranging and it even affects digestion and mood. The body produces NAD naturally, but time and stress can reduce the levels present in your body.

When you have low levels of NAD, your metabolism will slow down and you’ll notice many of the common signs of aging. Over time, the protective caps at the end of our DNA, called telomeres, get shorter. Regular NAD treatments lengthen them and reduce damage caused by free radicals. When you address the damage, you’ll look and feel younger.

Of course, NAD infusion won’t work miracles. You’ll also need to eat a healthy diet, exercise, and get adequate sleep if you want to live longer and reduce signs of aging. NAD therapy complements a healthy lifestyle, but it doesn’t replace it.

NAD infusions work best when you get regular treatments. NAD keeps free radicals and heavy metals to a minimum and prevents damage over time. It gradually reduces signs of premature aging and improves dull skin and hair and brittle nails.

Contact IVMeNow Today to Learn if NAD Treatment is Right for You

There’s no way to stop the aging process but you can slow things down with the help of IV therapy. Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a busy professional, NAD can reduce some of the damage caused by the stresses of daily life. If you want to learn more about this treatment or find out if it’s right for you, contact IVMeNow and speak to a member of our team. We offer a mobile service throughout all of South Florida.