Essential co-factors promote omega-3 uptake
Research suggests that a healthy diet with plenty of vitamins and minerals helps to:
- Enhance omega-3 conversion to health-giving eicosanoids
- Support immune function
- Provide antioxidant benefits
- Safeguard co-factor nutrient levels
The effective absorption and utilisation of omega fats by the human body is dependent on the presence of certain enzymes. These enzymes act as catalysts in the omega-3 & -6 conversions, as well as the conversion into anti-inflammatory eicosanoids – vital hormones including prostaglandins and leukotrienes.
To ensure that these enzymes and enzyme-mediated conversions function properly, certain vitamins and minerals need to be present in the body, known as ‘co-factors’. Co-factors supply the body with the nutrients to enhance the effectiveness of omega fatty acids in the brain and body, providing important anti-inflammatory, immune- and blood-regulating substances, which increase our well-being.
In order to enable your body to get the most from your omega health supplement, it is important to eat good amounts of raw fruit and vegetables. Try snacking on vegetable crudités with humous and experiment with juicing various fruit and vegetables, including darker green vegetables, which also supply you with beneficial phytonutrients such as chlorophyll.