You’ve heard all about fish oil, and Omega-3s for years now. But what’s the real deal with Fish Oil? Let’s take a look at what makes this fatty acid so important to your health.
Fish oil is a common and popular over-the-counter supplement used throughout the world. It’s extracted from fatty fish like sardines, salmon, anchovies and mackerel. Fish oil contains two types of omega-3 fatty acids–eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both known for their benefits to the skin and heart.
There are a huge amount of benefits to be had from consuming fish oil, some you may already know about and others that might surprise you. In this article we’ll explore the many things that fish oil can do to improve your health and wellbeing.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that people eat at least 1-2 servings of fish a week. This is because of the various health benefits that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish can provide. They can protect you against a number of diseases and do wonders for your overall health.
There are other ways to get those valuable omega-3s if you don’t eat a lot of fish. Fish oil supplements can help you get what your body needs.
Fish oil is made up of approximately 30% omega-3s, while the rest consists of various other fats. Unprocessed fish oil contains vitamin A, which is good for your bones, teeth, and more, and vitamin D, which is good for absorbing calcium and maintaining healthy bones.
It’s also important to understand that not all omega-3s are the same. The types of omega-3s found in fish oil have greater health benefits than the omega-3s found in some plant sources.
The main omega-3s in fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), while the omega-3 in plant sources is mainly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
Although ALA is an important essential fatty acid, EPA and DHA have many more health benefits.
Another reason why it’s important to get as much omega-3s as you can is because the modern western diet is much heavier on omega-6s, which are common in fast foods and vegetable oils. Omega-6s are good for you, but most people consume too much, and that can be bad thing.
Too much omega-6 fats in a person’s diet can lead to an increase in blood pressure, blood clots that can cause heart attacks or strokes, and cause your body to retain water. Balancing your diet out with omega-3 fats can help you to avoid these problems and improve your overall health.
Here we’ll list a number of major health benefits that fish oil can provide for you.
One of the most well-known benefits of fish oil is its positive impact on the heart. Everyone knows the association between eating plenty of fish and having a healthy heart, but why is this the case? There are a few reasons.
Cholesterol levels: There are two types of cholesterol–the “good” type (HDL) and the “bad” type (LDL). Fish oil has been shown to increase levels of HDL, although it does not reduce levels of LDL.
Triglycerides: Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood. Low levels of this fat are important for a healthy heart. Fish oil can reduce levels of this fat by between 15-30%.
Blood pressure: Fish oil can help to reduce blood pressure levels in those with high blood pressure.
Plaques: Fish oil can prevent plaques forming in the arteries, which cause the arteries to harden.
Fatal arrhythmias: In people who are at risk, it may reduce fatal arrhythmia events. Arrhythmias are abnormal rhythms of the heart and can lead to heart attacks or heart failure.
These findings are still being investigated and don’t yet have as much research behind them as the heart benefits, but some studies have shown that fish oil may improve the health of your eyes in old age. It’s a well-known inevitability that the eyes degenerate over time. This can lead to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Eating fish has been shown to help prevent AMD, although fish oil supplements have proven less effective.
One particular study found that a group of patients consuming high amounts of fish oil for 18 weeks all had their vision notably improve.
You may also have heard that eating plenty of fish is good for the brain, and fish is even sometimes referred to as “brain food” because of this connection. The reason for this is quite simple.
The brain is made up of around 60% fat, and much of this is omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is therefore essential for a brain to function normally. There is even a direct correlation between low levels of omega-3 and mental disorders.
Furthermore, there have been many studies that suggest that high levels of fish oil consumption can reduce some of the symptoms of bipolar disorders and schizophrenia.
Inflammation is a naturally occurring thing that the immune system does to treat injuries and fight infections. Sometimes, however, it can occur at low levels for long periods. This is known as chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation can worsen chronic disease such as diabetes, obesity, depression, heart disease, and more. Reducing inflammation can therefore reduce the risk of these diseases and help treat their symptoms.
Fish oil has natural properties that can help to fight inflammation, helping to treat diseases that involve inflammation.
Fish oil supplements can also majorly reduce stiffness and joint pain, reducing the need for medication for people with rheumatoid arthritis and other similar conditions.
Ultimately, fish oil and the omega-3 fats it contains contribute greatly to a healthy, functioning brain and to the development of eyes. It can also reduce the risk of heart disease, fight inflammation, and reduce the symptoms and risk of mental disorders.
Whether you choose to include more fish into your diet or start taking fish oil supplements, the benefits are clear and heavily researched. Start consuming more today and see how it can improve your life.
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Dr. Jenny P. Wilkins, NMD, CRA
Dr. Jenny is a Naturopathic Doctor and clinical research associate. She is a successful entrepreneur as the CEO/Proprietor of AgeVital Pharmacies in Sarasota, Florida. She is a charismatic media personality and television producer with regular appearances on ABC, NBC, TBN, CBS, the CW and Lifetime. As a health and wellness expert and educator, Dr. Jenny lectures all around the world at various conferences about the endocannabinoid system and functional integrative healthcare and how natural solutions work to treat a multitude of diseases and illnesses. She authors books for healthcare practitioners and consumers and educates the healthcare community and individuals using her extensive research and findings about the endocannabinoid system.
She is the President and Chairman of The American Academy of the Endocannabinoid System (AAECS) and sits on the Executive Board of Directors for the American Board of Medical Marijuana Physicians (ABMMP). Her expansive credentials include a Board Certification at The American Board of Anti-Aging Health Practitioners – (ABAAHP), a Diplomate of the AAIM College of Nutrition and a Board Certification with the (AAIM) Board of Integrative Medicine. Dr. Jenny is also a member of the American Academy Of Anti-Aging Medicine, serves as a senior business and financial advisor for Nuvusio, Conference Advisory Board Medical Chair of the Florida Medical Cannabis Conference & Exhibition (FMCCE) and the medical director for Biom-Pharmaceuticals and Chief Scientific Officer And Medical Director for M3-Biodynamics and M3-Innovations.