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Some of the Fish Oil (Omega 3 fatty acids) Benefits

1. Less Pain and Inflammation.
Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly EPA, have a very positive effect on your inflammatory response. Through several mechanisms, they regulate your body's inflammation cycle, which prevents and relieves painful conditions like arthritis, prostatitis, cystitis and anything else ending in "itis."

2. Cardiovascular Health.
Omega 3 fatty acids have also been proven to work wonders for your heart and the miles and miles of arteries and veins that make up your cardiovascular system. They help to lower cholesterol, tryglicerides, LDLs and blood pressure, while at the same time increasing good HDL cholesterol. This adds years to your life expectancy.

3. Protection from Stroke and Heart Attack.
When plaque builds up on arterial walls and then breaks loose, it causes what's known as a thrombosis, which is a fancy way of saying clot. If a clot gets stuck in the brain, it causes a stroke and when it plugs an artery, it causes a heart attack. Research shows omega 3 fatty acids break up clots before they can cause any damage.

4. Better Brain Function and Higher Intelligence.
Pregnant and nursing mothers can have a great impact on the intelligence and happiness of their babies by supplementing with fish oil. For adults, omega 3 improves memory, recall, reasoning and focus. You'll swear you're getting younger and smarter.

5. Less Depression and Psychosis.
Making you smarter is not all omega 3 does for your brain. Psychiatry department researchers at the University of Sheffield, along with many other research studies, found that omega 3 fish oil supplements "alleviate" the symptoms of depression, bipolar and psychosis (Journal of Affective Disorder Vol. 48(2-3);149- 55).

6. Lower Incidence of Childhood Disorders.
Just to show how fish oil fatty acids leave nobody out, studies show that children (and adults) with ADD and ADHD experience a greatly improved quality of life. And those with dyslexia, dyspraxia and compulsive disorders have gotten a new lease on life thanks to omega 3 oils.

7. Reduction of Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancer. And finally, omega 3 fish oil has been shown to help prevent three of the most common forms of cancer – breast, colon and prostate. Science tells us that omega 3s accomplish this in three ways. They stop the alteration from a normal healthy cell to a cancerous mass, inhibiting unwanted cellular growth and causing apoptosis, or cellular death, of cancer cells.
From: Ashraf

(Also some more facts about Omega 3-6-9 Benefits !)

You see these supplements in health food stores all the time. In one bottle you get three types of essential fatty acids. We have been hearing about how important Omega-3 fatty acids are and since Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids are essential too, these products look the product manufacturers' gift to your health. They are not.
You do not likely need any more Omega-6 fatty acids in your life if you eat at all like the western world. Follow a very good diet but when you go out to eat, have tortillas or bread or food cooked in vegetable oil. You get a good dose of Omega-6 oils in those instances. Even the beef we eat has Omega-6 fatty acids in it (though not as much as a bunch of corn chips would). Vegetable oils and grains are high in Omega-6 fatty acids. It seems odd to buy the fat at a health food store.
Omega-9 fatty acids are important too, but what you should do to get your Omega-9s is to add some salads to your diet each week and make your own salad dressing with olive oil. You will benefit from the antioxidants in the oil and from the Omega-9 fatty acids. You will also get to eat dinner.
Pass on the Omega 3 6 9 supplement. Look for an Omega-3 supplement that includes EPA and DHA. This will likely be a fish oil supplement of some sort. Such a supplement will help you fight depression (depression and Omega 3s), improve your cardiovascular health, and fight other degenerative diseases. I will post a cheat sheet in the next couple of weeks on how to shop for such a product.

1 comment:

John said...

This is a very good post. Fish oil supplements are very good for the human body. But one must be careful to see that they are extracted from the best oily fish from areas which are least contaminated. They should also be prepared by molecular distillation. Fish oil supplements are very good as they have the least contaminants.