(Did someone say fish oil was good for you?)
When you hear so much about Omega-3 or fish oil supplements do you wonder if they are just a fad? When you hear about great results from these supplements do you wonder why people just don’t eat more fish? Here are some of the facts about Omega-3 fish oil supplements. (And you may be surprised by how much they can help your health.)
Omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil
The omega 3 fatty acids called EPA and DHA are the main ingredients in fish oil supplements that help your health. These fatty acids are only found in very dark meat fish like sardines, bluefish or mackerel. This is why eating more fish might help you if you love sardines. But most people love the white meat fishes and need to take a fish oil supplement to get the benefits.
Omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements support your immune system, your brain and nerves. They also support your kidneys and reduce inflammation in your body.
Omega 3 fatty acids are an important part of the cell membrane in every cell in your body. So you cannot be healthy without them and they should be included in your diet. Or you can take a supplement to make sure you stay healthy.
Did You Know?
One of the most interesting aspects of Omega 3 fatty acids is that they help decrease inflammation, pain and swelling because your body uses them to make its own anti-inflammation chemicals. They can be helpful for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and cardiovascular disease. They can also be helpful for asthma, bowel inflammation and allergy symptoms. You can read more benefits at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9698798
Here are some more conditions that Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation can help:
Some people with this condition and a related condition called Gulf War Illness have problems with their blood being too thick. Omega 3 fatty acids help thin blood so it flows better in these people.
When your blood flows properly, you have more oxygen to your cells and thus more energy.
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Another study showed that Omega 3 fatty acid supplementation helped fibromyalgia patients lessen: fatigue, muscle pains and depression.
we have given patients Omega 3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil supplements for decades to help with seasonal allergies. Histamine release is a type of inflammation response. Omega 3 fatty acids decrease inflammation. So sinus and nasal reactions to allergens as well as asthma symptoms can be helped with the proper dosage of omega 3 fatty acids.
Osteoarthritis: Omega 3s can reduce the pain of arthritis. they also slow the arthritic degeneration of cartilage
C Reactive Protein:
or CRP is a marker on a blood test for systemic inflammation. When you have high cholesterol and high CRP, you are more likely to suffer a heart attack. Research has shown that taking fish oil supplements can lower your levels of CRP, thus lowering your likelihood of a heart attack. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19461006)
Omega 3’s help your nervous system
Bipolar disorder/depression: research has shown benefits of omega 3 fatty acid supplementation for these disorders. It is believed that fish oils block some of the abnormal signaling in the brain in bipolar disorder. For depression, fish oils increase the levels of serotonin in the brain. (Stoll, A.L. et al. Omega 3 fatty acids in bipolar disorder: a preliminary double blind, placebo-controlled trial. Arch Gen Psychiatry 56(5);407-12.)
(Fatty oil in fish eases depression. Reuters May 14, 1999)
Brain Development/Regeneration of nerve cells. The DHA portion of omega 3 fatty acids is needed for the proper development of a baby’s brain.
Peripheral Neuropathy: At our office the omega 3 fatty acids are an integral part of the treatment of peripheral neuropathy patients, feeding the nerve cells the nutrients they need to repair.
Alzheimer’s: Supplementing with fish oils also reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s. (Bargerger-Gateau, P. et al. BMJ 2002; 325 Oct:932-933)https://articles.mercola.com/fish-oil-benefits.aspx
Fish Oil Supplement Choices
We carry several types of EPA-DHA fish oil supplements at the office. We only carry pharmaceutical grade, high quality purified fish oil supplements. These have any potential contaminants removed.
Lemon flavor soft gels are good for people who have no trouble digesting oils.
Enteric coated soft gels are good for people who tend to have oils repeat on them. These soft gels do not open until they reach the intestine.
Liquid high concentrate fish oil is helpful for people like our neuropathy patients who require high doses of the EPA portion of the oils. Two teaspoons of this highly purified and concentrated fish oil gives a daily dose. They taste mildly lemony with no fishy after-taste.
For people requiring other specialized fish oils like young children who need the higher DHA component we can order strawberry flavored small pearls that are easy to swallow. Or if needed we order sweetened gummies once we know the person’s preference.