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All about Omega 3 Fish Oil

By on September 5, 2017 in News with 0 Comments

Have you ever touched certain kinds of fish before and noticed how some of them are extremely oily? If you have not, then all you need to know is that some kinds of fish contain a higher oil content than others. Now, it may be gross to think about, but believe it or not, that oil in the fish’s skin is amazingly healthy for you. Fish oil, when taken as a supplement or ingested directly by eating fish skin, is very good for you. It can help lower blood pressure, it can improve the health of your eyes, it can keep your brain healthy. Fish oil is a bit of a miracle ingredient. Now, many of you may have seen fish oil before, as it is commonly sold in western supermarkets or in health food stores, but you probably did not know just how healthy it was or what it was useful for. Well, we are here to clear up any misconceptions and answer all the questions that you may have about fish oil. In this article, you are going to find out how fish oil works, what the benefits are, how much fish oil you should take per day, and much more. Basically, if you have any questions about fish oil, you will likely find the answer in this article.

How does fish oil work?

There are 2 main kinds of fish, oily fish, and white fish. Oily fish, as you can probably guess, have oil in their skin. For those curious, oily fish include many popular kinds of fish, including salmon, tuna, mackerel, and trout. So, how does the oil found in these fishes’ skins work to make you healthier? Well, over the period of the fish’s life, it eats many smaller life forms. A fish will eat things like algae and very small fish. Algae and little fish contain a variety of nutrients, most notably omega-3 fatty acids. When the bigger fish eat the algae or the little fish, they absorb the nutrients in the food (much like we do when we eat something). Once the nutrients are absorbed into the fish’s body, they get secreted into their skin, into their meat, and into the oil on their skin.

So, by ingesting fish oil, you are essentially getting a concentrated boost of nutrients into your body. Normally, in order to get many of these nutrients, you would have to actually eat the fish. But, fish oil allows you to get all the same nutrients by simply ingesting the oil. Although fish oil contains numerous vitamins, the main reason to take fish oil is that it is an amazing source of omega-3 fatty acids. Finding a good source of omega-3 fatty acids is important because your body does not produce them on its own; instead, you need to consume food to get them. So, regularly taking fish oil is a great way of getting essential nutrients that your body needs, but that it does not produce on its own.

What are the benefits of fish oil?

So, we have mentioned how fish oils work by delivering a bunch of concentrated nutrients directly into your body, but we have not actually talked about some of the actual tangible benefits that you get from fish oil. People have taken fish oil for hundreds of years and it has often been touted as a miracle cure for a variety of ailments, so surely it must have a lot of benefits associated with it. In this section, we are going to examine just some of the many benefits associated with taking fish oil regularly. Also, just to be clear, each benefit we list will be backed up with actual scientific studies that show that fish oil is as beneficial as we say it is.

It lowers blood pressure levels

One of the main benefits of fish oil concerns your blood pressure. High blood pressure is associated with numerous health issues, namely heart attacks and strokes. So, you want to keep your blood pressure at a healthy level. One way to do that is through medication, the other way involves proper dieting and supplements. If you are trying to craft a heart healthy diet to help combat high blood pressure, then fish oil supplements can be a very important part of that diet. This article looked at 31 separate studies that were done to determine whether fish oil supplements could help fight high blood pressure. The article concludes that regular fish oil supplements could lead to a noticeable decrease in blood pressure. While fish oil alone is not enough to solve a person’s blood pressure issues. If you were to combine regular fish oil supplements with a diet specifically aimed at lowering blood pressure, then you could easily keep your blood pressure at a healthy level.

Just in general, fish oil seems to be very good for your cardiovascular health. For example, this study conducted in 1989 took over 2000 men and assigned them into 3 groups. Each of the over 2000 men had suffered at least one heart attack previously. Each of the 3 groups was given a diet heavy in fiber, fat, or fatty fish. The study went on for 2 years. Over those 2 years, the mortality rates of each of the 3 groups were measured. The study found that those eating a diet rich in fatty fish (and thus getting all the nutritional benefits found in fish oil) had a roughly decrease in mortality rate when compared with the other 2 groups. The researchers are not quite sure of the exact reason why, but it does suggest that the nutrients found in fish oil and in fish meat are just good for your cardiovascular health.

It has anti-inflammatory properties

Another big benefit associated with fish oil is that it has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Anyone who has ever had swollen joints can attest to how painful it can be. People with arthritis or other conditions that cause chronic inflammation will be glad to know that fish oil has proven to be effective at reducing the inflammation associated with these conditions. It has also been shown to be effective at reducing general neck and back pain. As you can see from this study, 250 patients with general neck or back pain were given fish oil for a period of 2 and a half months. After the 2 and a half months were up, the patients returned and were asked to fill out a questionnaire describing their experiences with fish oil. 60% reported a general decrease in the amount of pain they experienced. A whopping 80% said they were happy with the fish oil and would continue taking it. Again, researchers are not quite sure why fish oil is effective at reducing inflammation or why it is good at reducing general back and neck pain, but they do know that it works.

Improved eye health

Omega-3 fatty acids (which fish oil is a rich source of, as we already stated) are essential for the healthy development of your eyes. So, it only makes sense that omega-3s would also be helpful for helping to maintain your eye health. There is still much research to be done on the issue, but early studies indicate that fish oil can actually be useful for maintaining healthy eyes. The 2 most useful studies on this matter were both done on animals. This study, done on rats, showed that the same fatty acids that you would find in fish oils helped prevent the degradation of the retina in rats. As you grow older, the retina in your eyes starts to degrade. Well, it appears that fish oil, and other things rich in omega-3s, can actually help prevent that degradation. Likewise, a study done on monkeys showed that fish oil can actually help reduce the damage done to your retina.

It helps keep your brain healthy

Finally, the last benefit we want to talk about concerns how fish oil can actually help keep your brain healthy. See, as you age your brain tissue starts degrading. Everyone’s brain degrades at a different rate. Some people’s brains stay healthy well into their old age, while others, unfortunately, start to suffer from issues like dementia or Alzheimer’s. Well, some studies have shown that fish oils can actually be used to prevent the degradation of brain tissue. For example, this study showed that 2 fatty acids (both of which are found in fish oil) were useful in helping to prevent the onset of numerous neurological diseases like Parkinson’s disease. Now, a lot more study into this particular area is needed, but still, the early results are very promising. We have long known that omega-3s are good for your brain (this is why foods like salmon are often referred to as “brain food”), but we are still unsure exactly how effective they are. Studies like the one linked above are bringing to light just how useful products rich in omega-3s are for maintaining a healthy brain.

Fish oil dosage

Unlike conventional drugs, which have strictly regulated dosage limits, supplements like fish oil do not have strictly restricted dosage limits. Because of this, it can be difficult to find out exactly how much fish oil you should be taking. Now, there is no risk of “overdosing” on fish oil, but you still want to be careful not to take too much because after a certain amount, the fish oil stops being effective and you are essentially wasting it. A good starting point is 1000mg per day of fish oil. This is roughly equivalent to 1 tablet per day. If you are taking fish oil in liquid form, then 1000 mg is roughly equivalent to 0.2 of a teaspoon (so basically, put a small dab on a teaspoon). But of course, you can take a bit more if you feel like you are not getting enough. The maximum amount of fish oil that we would recommend taking is 3000 mg (so 3 tablets or a full teaspoon) per day.

Is fish oil safe?

Fish oil on its own is completely safe. Eating too much fish is considered dangerous because many types of fish have small amounts of mercury in them and this mercury can build up over time. People are unsure if this is a concern with fish oil, but the amount of fish oil you would have to take to actually experience mercury poisoning would be so high that you do not need to worry about it.

Forms of fish oil

Fish oil generally comes in 2 forms, tablets or liquids. Now, traditionally people took fish oil as a liquid, but nowadays, they can also be found in capsule form. There is no real benefit to going with liquid fish oil over fish oil tablets. Fish oil tablets do not have the same awful taste that liquid fish oil does and they are easy to find. Likewise, with fish oil tablets, you do not need to worry about measuring out the fish oil.

Where to buy fish oil

Fish oil, because it is a supplement and thus not as heavily regulated as other kinds of drugs, is widely available in both stores and online. If you have a local health food store, then you should be able to find fish oil there. If you have a supermarket with a vitamin section, then you should also be able to find it there as well. If you prefer to do your shopping online, then you can find plenty of fish oil supplements for sale online.

Side effects

Finally, we want to talk about a few of the potential side effects that you may experience if you take fish oil. These side effects are generally rare, but you should still be informed about them. Fish oil tablets have been known to cause “fish oil burps.” These burps can last for quite a while, but they do not cause any physical harm (though, they are rather annoying). If you want to avoid these burps, simply take the fish oil with food. Outside of that, people with allergies may need to be concerned about taking fish oil. Likewise, fish oil can occasionally cause issues like upset stomachs, diarrhea, etc. if it does not agree with you on that particular day.

Conclusion

Lots of people take vitamins every single day. If you are one of those people, then you should consider adding a fish oil tablet into your daily vitamin and supplement mix. If you are not already taking vitamins and fish oil, then you should really consider starting. Taking vitamins and supplements is easy to do and can really improve your health.

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