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Omega-3 Fatty Acid Metabolism and HDL-Cholesterol Levels

Posted by Athletigen on Wed, Mar 13, 2019

icn_athletigen-wellness-reportOmega-3 fatty acids play many important roles in your body and are an essential part of your cell’s health. Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids promote healthy looking skin and can help reduce the signs of aging. Psoriasis, dermatitis and many other irritated skin conditions are frequently treated with omega-3 supplementation.

Your body uses omega-3 fatty acids in the production of many hormones, including growth hormones, inflammation signals, and hormones used to regulate blood clotting. For athletes, these benefits translate into increased lean muscle growth, less inflammation after workouts and potentially faster recovery times.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce joint inflammation caused by arthritis.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids help regulate triglyceride (fat) levels in your blood and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids are usually linked to increased levels of good cholesterol in the blood.

Omega-3 fatty acids are very important, but did you know that your DNA plays a role in how you metabolize them? 

The FADS1 gene influences how your body breaks down and uses omega-3 fatty acids. Certain variants of this gene have been linked to less efficient omega-3 fatty acid metabolism. If you have decreased efficiency, it could mean that you may see fewer beneficial outcomes from increasing your intake of omega-3 fatty acid, including lower levels of HDL-cholesterols after omega-3 supplementation.

Learn which variant of the FADS1 gene you have and get expert recommendations with Athletigen's Wellness Report!

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