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If your diet does not include fish you may be the perfect candidate for supplementation. Some people can’t tolerate fish and some people just don’t like the taste. Fish like lake trout, albacore tuna, salmon and mackerel are all high in omega 3 fatty acids, but because they are also host to toxic substances like mercury, chlordane, dioxin and PCBs, most people get their fish oil through dietary supplement pills. The process of getting the oil from fish has come along way where supplements are pure and non-toxic. Some companies offer documentation on their process and product to ensure you are receiving safe and effective fish oil that you can take and share with your family.
Although omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained from sources other than fish oil, two of the most beneficial forms are only available from fish. Docosehexaenoic (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA) are long chained fatty acids which cannot be found in any other source. Consequently, fish oil has gained a lot of popular, as well as scientific, attention in recent years. The body needs EPA to produce prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that help to protect the heart and the cell membranes. DHA is necessary for the normal development of the brain, the eyes, and the reproductive system.
There are a couple of rich plant-origin sources of these essential fatty acids like flaxseeds and soybeans, but they are not easy to include in a regular meal, are even less palatable, and maybe available only in special health stores. Moreover, for longer-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) in particular, which are the more valuable forms of omega-3 for the human body, fish is a far better source
Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements
The risk of arrhythmias is greatly reduced People’s triglyceride levels have gone down The rate of atherosclerotic plaque has been slowed considerably They can lower people’s blood pressure They can reduce the risk of coronary disease They can stimulates the circulation of the blood They can reduce peoples’ risk of heart attack They have been shown to ease depression They have been shown to ease anxiety It has been suggested that they reduce the risk of thrombotic stroke They might possibly prevent cancer They improve the flow of people’s blood by breaking down arterial buildup. They can lower peoples’ cholesterol levels they could possibly improve babies’ immune systems It is possible that they can increase memory retention They might even be able to ease behavioral and learning problems in children.
With a brand new year just getting started, don’t you want to take your health into your own hands? Obviously people want to eat better and get more exercise, but part of leading a healthier lifestyle is to make sure that your body is getting the minerals and vitamins it needs. The body needs omega 3 fatty acids and does not produce them from with in the body.
Consuming fresh fish or supplementation is the best way to make sure that your body gets these fatty acids.
Nevertheless, it is always advisable to consult your doctor before you start your fish oil supplements, especially if you are on some anti-inflammatory or blood-thinning drugs.
Dr John Anne is a herbal specialist with years of experience and extensive research
on Herbs and Alternative health. For more helpful information read about Omega 3 Fatty Acids Benefits and Cod liver oil Benefits at Vitamins and Minerals Guide.
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