Consuming a diet rich in essential nutrients combined with physical activity is the key to promoting good joint health, longevity and overall wellness. As well as this, a balanced diet rich in omega 3 and exercise is proven to assist a variety of health benefits as well as healthy ageing.
Omega 3 is considered a key nutrient when it comes to supporting healthy joints, the cardiovascular system and decreased risk of inflammation throughout the lifespan. However, what many people don’t know, is that the functional component of omega 3 referred to as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is what promotes the positive health benefits.
The body acquires DHA through the consumption of Omega 3. Omega 3 is considered an essential fatty acid as can only be obtained through the diet or supplementation. However, not all omega 3’s are equal in regards to their DHA content, making it difficult to reach from the diet alone. Consuming the right types of omega 3’s is imperative when it comes to obtaining this essential nutrient. Algae, krill and fish oils are considered the most potent sources of DHA and oily fish consumption is recommended 2-3 times per week.
Besides its functional role with joint and cardiovascular health, DHA is also the major structural component of the brain and forms the membranes for the central nervous system. DHA also contributes to almost one third of the retina, making it extremely important for eye health.
Physical movement and in particular weight bearing activity has also been proven to assist with the maintenance of good joint health and skeletal health. Similar to muscle, bones are living tissues and joint strength can be improved through exercise. Physical activity can also be facilitated through the consumption of DHA and omega 3, as it reduces inflammation and enables exercise to be maintained throughout the entire lifespan.
When it comes to the type of physical activity, resistance training including pilates, yoga, walking and jogging have been proven extremely effective in strengthening the joints and bones. It is recommended incorporating weight-bearing exercise at least 3 times per week for 30 minutes for optimal health benefits.
Another important enabler for physical activity is heart and cardiovascular health. There are a number of predisposing factors for cardiovascular health, including age, gender and genetic predisposition. However, a diet rich in DHA and omega 3 combined with physical activity can help overcome these predisposing factors as they promote a healthy heart and a number of health benefits.
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