Over the past five years there have been a number of headlines in health news about how taking fish oil supplements will benefit your health.
Why do fish oil supplements benefit your health? Because they contain the Omega 3 fatty acids, which are ALA, EPA and DHA, and these fatty acids are essential to cellular health. While ALA can be found in dark, leafy vegetables and algae, the EPA and DHA are found in the fatty tissues of cold water, oily fish. For those who are concerned about possible contamination of the fish at the market, high quality fish oil supplements are a great source of EPA and DHA. Dr. Andrew Weil states that these omega-3 fatty acids help to support mental and physical health.
What are the benefits? Weil and numerous other authorities believe that inflammation of the cells is a disorder often associated with aging. However because of the effects of western lifestyle, inflammation and its effects are being seen in younger age groups. YouMed Research indicates that Omega-3’s are important in fighting inflammation. There are a number of chronic diseases and symptoms in this list that are all caused by inflammation: heart attack, stroke, auto-immune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, memory loss, depression and others.
Here is a list of benefits of fish oil supplements:
o Skin: Alleviate inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, dry and flaky skin, wrinkles, psoriasis and eczema. Fish oil supplements have a great anti aging effect.
o Joints Because of the anti-inflammatory effects of Omega-3’s, those who have pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints due to arthritis may find benefit in taking these supplements, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
o Brain: You may use fish oil supplements to protect your memory. Many research studies indicate that supplementing the diet may lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease later in life. In addition, there have been positive effects of omega-3 noted in other aspects of brain functioning such as mood regulation. In particular, those suffering from depression and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) may benefit.
o Heart: The benefits of these supplements are perhaps best established in heart health. Omega-3 fish oil contains both DHA and EPA. According to the American Heart Association, Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in preventing and managing cardiovascular disease. It plays a part in maintaining a healthy blood flow, carrying oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Research findings show that omega-3 may benefit you by: Lowering your blood pressure Reducing triglycerides Slowing the build-up of plaques in the arteries Reducing the likelihood of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) Reducing the likelihood of heart attacks and stroke Lessening the chance of sudden cardiac death in people with heart disease
o Vision: Your eyes may also benefit from adding these supplements to your diet. Healthy polyunsaturated fats help reduce “bad” cholesterol, which in turn maintains good blood flow providing oxygen and nutrients for the eyes as well as the rest of the body.
Researchers have discovered that people with the most omega-3 are much less likely to develop macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over 50. These are some of the health benefits of fish oil supplements. Research in this area is ongoing. You can see that your body and mind benefit in many ways from adding these supplements to your daily routine.