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Take A Fish Oil Supplement

Take A Fish Oil Supplement

Fish oil is derived from the tissues of oily fish. It contains the omega 3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) that are known to reduce inflammation throughout the body and have other health benefits. Interestingly, fish do not actually produce omega 3 fatty acids, but instead accumulate them by consuming microalgae or other fish that have accumulated omega 3 fatty acids. The most widely available dietary source of EPA and DHA is cold water oily fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines. Other oily fish, such as tuna, also contain omega 3 in somewhat lesser amounts.

Eating fish and regularly taking a good fish oil supplement may have a number of great benefits:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Fish may be effective in reducing inflammation in blood and tissues. Regular consumption of fish oil supplements, tablets, pills and capsules is helpful to those suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases. Fish oil may be effective in treating gastrointestinal disorders, short bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis, which are typical disorders of the intestine.

  • A Healthy Heart

Clinical trials suggest that omega 3 may be effective in reducing the incidence of cardiovascular diseases. It may reduce the risk of heart diseases and heart arrhythmias. It may also lower the level of bad cholesterol and increase the level of good cholesterol. Fish oil may be effective in treating heart strokes and regular usage of fish oil may help avoid numerous sudden cardiac deaths.

  • Immunity Improvements

Regular consumption of fish oil may aid in increasing our immunity, so we can reduce incidence of cold, cough and flu. Fish oil may also be beneficial to patients suffering from lupus, which is a disease characterized by the attacks of immune system of the body on various organs and tissues. It also helps in reducing associated fever, skin rashes and fatigue.

  • Anxiety and Depression

Due to the presence of omega 3 fatty acids, fish oil may be good for relieving anxiety, depression, sadness, stress, restlessness, mental fatigue and other nervous disorders. In Ohio, researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, published their findings titled “Fish Oils and Bipolar Disorder: A Promising but Untested Treatment” and stated that fish oil can be useful in mood stabilizing and treating bipolar disorders. No wonder, it has been found that countries where fish is eaten often have low incidence of depression.

  • Skin and Hair Care

Fish oil helps in improving the condition of poor and dry skin by making it shinny and glowing. It may be useful in treating skin problems such as eczema, itching, psoriasis, redness of skin, rashes and skin lesions. In the case of psoriasis, the EPA in fish oil restricts the growth of pro-inflammatory agents by producing arachidonic acid. Fish oil can also be applied topically to get relief from psoriasis. Regular intake of fish oil capsules helps in reducing loss of moisture from the skin. Fish oil is also believed to be effective for acne as the EPA is known to inhibit androgen formation which affects the formation of sebum.

Fish oil may also help to maintain a good shine of the hair. Omega 3 has hair growing properties as it provides nourishment to the follicles. It aids in faster development of hair and preventing hair loss. A good supply of proteins is also necessary for hair growth. Since most fish varieties are rich in protein, eating fish helps in keeping healthy hair.

When buying a fish oil supplement make sure that you are getting a good quality one. It is obtained from so many different sources of fish such as freshwater, farm, ocean, deep sea and shallow sea fish, and they can be contaminated with toxic compounds such as mercury, arsenic, lead and dioxins that may affect the human body. So your fish oil should be pure and tested.

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