There are so many benefits of fish oil, that fish oil is recommended for anyone, whether you are wishing to lose weight, get healthier, look better, or simply feel happier!
General Benefits of Fish Oil
Some of general fish oil benefits are:
- Improve brain function (Alzheimer’s, memory, ADD, etc.)
- Anti-inflammatory (arthritis)
- Good for heart health (heart disease, stroke)
- Emotional well being
- Skin health
Specific Fish Oil Benefits
Here are some specific benefits of fish oil. Fish oil:
- helps you lose weight
- lowers blood pressure
- lowers triglyceride (a type of fat in your fat tissue and bloodstream) levels
- prevents heart disease or strokes
- helps with attention deficit disorder
- helps with depression
- helps with Alzheimer’s
- cures dry eyes
- helps with glaucoma and macular degeneration
- prevents menstrual pain
- boosts your immunity, and helps prevent common diseases such as the flu, cold and cough
- cures dry skin
- helps with diabetes
- reduces the risk and symptoms of arthritis
If you tend to get dry eyes (from starting at the computer or contact lenses) or have occasional skin problems such as dry patches, itchynesss or rashes, you will probably find that taking fish oil will really help. It provides your body with moisture and prevents dryness from the inside out. This is particularly useful in dry winter months.
One of the great benefits of fish oil is also that it helps your facial skin become moist and plump, giving your face a more youthful appearance, due to its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory effects.
What’s in Fish Oil?
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, and these are what are so beneficial and effective for your health. There are 2 important types of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
The cause of many illnesses, including obesity, is said to be partly due to a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids. Since our body cannot produce its own omega-3 fatty acids, it is very important to get these from external sources.
What Type of Fish Oil Should I Get?
The most important thing to keep in mind when eating fish or purchasing fish oil is to make sure not to ingest any mercury from the source fish. Mercury is found most in the larger, carnivorous fish such as sharks, marlin, swordfish, tuna, and bluefish.
If you prefer to eat fish to get your fish oil, you can have sardines, herring, wild Alaskan salmon, or mackerel, at least 3 servings per week.
Or you can buy fish oil supplements. When buying fish oil supplements,
- Buy ones extracted from krill, herring, sardines, anchovies, and/or menhaden (these fish are lower down in the food chain with shorter lifespans and will have less metal compared to big fish)
- Do not buy products that include omega-6 or omega-9 fatty acids. You don’t need any more of those.
- Refrigerate them, to prevent any oxidation.
- Don’t buy fish oil supplements that are in transparent containers, since these will let light through and the fish oils may become rancid.
- Try to buy them in small containers, again to avoid oxidation and to keep them fresh.
- Buy only fish oil that are guaranteed to not contain any toxic contaminants or those that are “molecularly distilled“. Molecularly distilled means that it has been through a process in which metals and other harmful toxins are removed so that their levels are safe for human consumption.
How Much Fish Oil Should I Consume?
According to WebMD, recommended daily EPA and DHA dose (combined) is at least 500 mg for healthy people and 800 mg to 1,000 mg for people with heart problems.
Is Fish Oil Worth It?
Based on what’s been discovered about fish oil, yes absolutely! In addition to all the health benefits, fish oil helps with overall emotional well-being, which is crucial to successful weight loss.