4 Things You Need To Know About Omega-3 Milk
What is Omega-3 Milk?
Omega-3s are a type of polyunsaturated fat comprising three main essential fatty acids – alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Albeit the human can make most types of fats with the help of other fats or raw materials, it cannot do the same for these three essential fats and can only get them through food.
And even though omega-3 supplements are almost as good as the real deal, they aren’t all-rounded enough to give you the calcium boost you need. Omega-3 milk on the other hand, is full of natural hearty goodness. It is also 25% lower in saturated fat and higher in calcium compared to regular milk! A velvety chocolate version of the omega-3 milk is also available if you’re one who prefers reduced milkiness. What’s even better is that chocolate omega-3 milk contains 25% less sugar!
So whether you’re a career woman, full-time homemaker or mother, you should make omega-3 milk a close companion and here are four good reasons why.
1,Where All the Good Fats Are
While it is true that some types of fat are bad for your health (and not to mention your waistline), there are others that you should not avoid. One star quality about these omega-3 fats is that they play a critical role in keeping your mind alert and your brain working at its optimal capacity.
And contrary to popular belief, saturated fats are beneficial to your body – when taken in moderation, because they have the ability to raise good cholesterol levels. Milk is one that offers a minimal amount of saturated fat and only naturally occurring trans fat.
2.Stress and Anxiety Regulator
Anxiety is a problem for many who try to keep up with the hustle and bustle of city life and your brain actually feels this. Not the kind that can be felt in the form of pain, but rather one where signaling between nerves are disrupted. The only protection against this with the intake of omega-3 fatty acids.
In addition to omega-3, milk also has the potential to reduce stress – especially when consumed warm and just before bedtime. When you drink a glass of warm milk, your muscles and nerves become more relaxed and this precedes sleep. Interestingly, a warm glass of this fresh produce usually helps one to recall pleasant thoughts about their mother’s love and care too. These comforting feelings produce a chemical in the brain that enables your body to relax and wind down.
3.Menstrual Cramp Buster
These pains often get better a woman get older or after she has had a child. Until then, omega-3 milk is one option that can come in handy to ease the monthly nag. Menstrual cramps occur when your body releases pro-inflammatory chemicals. The fact that omega-3 reduces inflammation in the body; it can also decrease the dreadful ache from menstrual cramps by affecting uterine contractions and blood flow. These amazing fats have also been believed to relive other pre-menstrual symptoms – better known as PMS, like headaches and nausea.
With the addition of milk, you may be able to cut physical and emotional symptoms of PMS by half. This is according to researchers from St. Luke Roosevelt Hospital at Columbia University. Women who were put on high-calcium diets were less irritable, weepy and depressed. Plus backaches, cramps and bloating were averted too.
4.Stamp Out Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, also known as “porous bone”, happens when bones gradually become weak and brittle. More women suffer from this because they tend to have smaller, thinner bones. Moreover, women who have reached menopause stop producing estrogen – a hormone that protects bones; causing bone loss.
Each day, our bodies lose calcium through our skin, nails, hair, sweat and urine. Since your body is unable to produce new calcium on its own, you need to constantly replenish it with the food you eat. If not, your body resorts resort to taking it from your bones.
As for omega-3 fatty acids, they help to boost the amount of calcium your body absorbs which helps increase your bone mass. On top of that, they diminish the amount of calcium lost in urine, improve bone strength and enhance bone growth.
Make Sure Your Omega-3 Milk is Safe for Consumption
When stocking up on omega-3 milk, be sure that it is fresh and safe for consumption at all times. Once a carton of milk is opened, it is exposed to oxidation, loses quality and begins to lose its freshness rapidly,. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) recommends that milk when opened be consumed within two to three days. Milk opened any longer than this runs the risk of becoming infested with unhealthy bacteria. It is therefore advisable to consume milk within three days, as it is during this period that milk stays its freshest after its seal has been broken.
Simply follow these three short and sharp guidelines to ensure the freshness of your oat milk: Preserve, Store, Consume:
- Preserve the cold chain from supermarket to home by refrigerating oat milk immediately upon reaching home
- Store omega- 3 milk at the back of the refrigerator instead of having it near the door, where its most likely to be exposed to bacteria
- Consume it within two to three days of opening