The fact is … Fish oil is used for a wide range of conditions and it is most often used for conditions related to the heart and blood system. Some people use fish oil to lower blood pressure or triglyceride levels (fats related to cholesterol). Fish oil has also been tried for preventing heart disease or stroke. The scientific evidence suggests that fish oil really does lower high triglycerides, and it also seems to help prevent heart disease and stroke when taken in the recommended amounts.
I have tried many fish oils and Vitamin World's Omega 3 Fish Oil has been by far my favorite ! No fishy smell and no fishy taste ! There isn't even an after taste ! Yay ! These are easy to swallow and have many health benefits.
So how does it work ?
A lot of the benefits of fish oil seem to come from the omega-3 fatty acids that it contains. And Interestingly enough, the body does not produce its own omega-3 fatty acids, nor can the body make omega-3 fatty acids from omega-6 fatty acids, which are common in the Western diet. A lot of research has been done on EPA and DHA, two types of omega-3 acids that are often included in fish oil supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce pain and swelling. This may explain why fish oil is most likely effective for psoriasis and dry eyes. These fatty acids also prevent the blood from clotting easily and this might make fish oil helpful for some heart conditions.
The two key omega-3 fatty acids are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines are rich in these omega-3s. Some plants are rich in another type of omega-3 fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid … which the body can convert to DHA and EPA. Good sources of these are chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds.
Omega-3 fatty acids play important roles in brain function, normal growth and development … and inflammation. Deficiencies have been linked to a variety of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, some cancers, mood disorders, arthritis and much more. But that doesn't mean taking high doses translates to better health and disease prevention. Always check with your doctor before deciding to try a new supplement regardless of what others might tell you.
Fish oil supplements have been promoted as an easy way to protect the heart, ease inflammation, improve mental health and lengthen life. If you find that you struggle getting the much needed omega-3s in your regular diet, then a good fish oil supplement could prove to be quite benficial for your health !
There are many other benefits for taking fish oil, especially if you are not fond of the foods mentioned above and rarely include omega-3s in your normal meal preparations … and again, you can't go wrong oiling the machine that keeps your heart ticking !