Hey everyone! Check out this great guest blog post speaking to the benefits of fish oil from our friends over at www.reviews.com. For our Canadian pals please see the special section at the end of the post mentioning some great Canadian fish oil brands that you may want to check out.
The Benefits of Fish Oil
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered “essential” because our bodies need them to survive, but aren’t able to produce them on their own. It’s not uncommon to have an Omega-3 deficiency — in fact, most Western diets lack adequate Omega-3 fatty acids. Enter fish oil supplements: the best source of omega-3s there is next to eating fresh, whole fish.
But what exactly do these fats do for your body? The team at Reviews.com conducted a six-week study of 184 of the most popular over-the-counter fish oil supplements available to determine which ones worked best with your body. They consulted with nutrition experts and doctors to determine the parameters for their study, and here’s what they found:
The Benefits of Fish Oil
Fish oil contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are clinically proven to reduce and prevent a host of health issues, including:
- Cardiovascular Disease — Fish oil is known to reduce inflammation, a condition that contributes to heart disease and high blood pressure. By introducing a regular intake of fish oil into your diet, you can prevent and potentially reverse cardiovascular disease. There have even been studies that suggest that fish oil can increase heart attack survival rates!
- Diabetes — Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can help lower triglyceride levels, an indicator of diabetes.
- Arthritis — By reducing inflammation, the fatty acids and antioxidants found in fish oil can also reduce the pain and swelling associated with arthritic joints.
- Cancer — Clinical trials at the University of Maryland have found reduction in cancer cells after introducing omega-3 fatty acids, particularly in colon, breast, and prostate cancers.
- Cognitive Disorders — Fish oil has been shown to improve cognitive function, and can reduce symptoms associated with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, and depression.
Now What? Steps to Take
These health benefits sound great, but how do you ensure that you’re getting them?
- To start, get a blood test to determine what nutrients you may be lacking, and what your omega-6-to-omega-3 ratio is in order to figure out what the right dosage is for your body
- To maximize potency and absorption, take fish oil with a meal
- Not a fish person? It’s a little known fact that plants contain omega-3s as well! Cabbage, broccoli, berries, beans, and seaweed are just a few omega-3 rich options!
To see Reviews.com’s full study and findings, as well as more tips check out: http://www.reviews.com/fish-oil-supplement/
You know how much we love gut health around here so we wanted to share this interesting article that speaks to gut health and omega-3’s.
It’s good to note that certain people may feel some digestive discomfort when they first start taking a fish oil supplement so with anything else speak to your primary MD/ND if you are taking any medications or have any other questions. Also start with a lower dose at mealtime to help reduce any gas, bloating or other undesirable gut feeling.
Inspired Living Nutrition hasn’t yet had a chance to try any of the fish oils mentioned in the post above however check out the list below for some brands that we have had a chance to try:
A great vegatarian option for some healthy oils is Udos.
Let us know which fish oil you use and why.
Cheers to healthy brains and guts!
-Inspired Living Nutrition