Scientists, nutritionists and the medical fraternity as a whole have, in recent years, found an abundance of research reports that highlight the multifaceted health benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. This vital nutrient is proven to foster cardiac health by lowering triglyceride levels, preventing or inhibiting the build-up of plaque on the inner walls of blood vessels, and reducing the risk of arrhythmia.
As many as 38 studies conducted around the world have found that in addition to reducing the risk of heart attack and coronary vascular disease, the dietary intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids on a regular basis can significantly reduce the risk of dying from heart disease. Omega-3 also has strong anti-inflammatory properties that reduce chronic inflammation which is known to cause heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity. In particular, Omega-3 Fatty Acids can reduce the levels of c-reactive protein (CPR) – an inflammation marker – in persons with cancer.
There is another aspect of Omega-3 that has important nutritional ramifications. This nutrient cannot be synthesized by the human body – that is, your body cannot manufacture Omega-3 on its own. It has to be acquired from external sources and absorbed into the body through one’s diet – sources like fish oil, flaxseed oil and Mustard Oil. In India, some people avoid fish oil because they are vegetarians. Flaxseed oil in its unrefined form does not have a very palatable taste. However, for millions of Indians, cold-pressed Mustard Oil is an extremely convenient way to ensure a daily intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. It is tasty, aromatic and versatile. It can be used as a cooking medium, deep-frying medium, flavouring agent and marinade. And here’s the icing on the cake: cold-pressed Mustard Oil is one of the largest plant-based sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. So there you have it – Omega-3 Fatty Acids comprise a vital nutrient and it is right there in your kitchen. Get a daily dose with every meal you cook.