The Benefits of Omega-3 Fish Oil



Omega-3 fish oils are part of my daily regimen. With eye problems in my genes and as someone who exercise a lot I feel these oils positively support my body. There are many health benefits to these oils. Let’s look at them in more depth.

Sources
Fish oils come from cold-water fish like cod, sardines, mackerel and salmon. They come in plain and flavored liquids as well as pill form. Look for a brand that uses sustainably sourced fish.

Cod Liver Oil vs Fish Oil
Both are Omega-3 oils and both contain essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. Cod liver oil comes from the liver of the cod and fish oil comes from the fatty tissue of other cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel and trout. Cod liver oil also has naturally occurring vitamins A and D. For years people have taken cod liver oil, especially in winter months when those of us living in northern climates cannot produce enough D. Vitamin D helps build the immune system, elevate the mood and the latest studies are showing hopeful signs in cancer and autoimmune disease prevention.

Health Benefits of Fish Oils
-Add moisture and shine to hair, skin and nails.
-Lubricate the joints and helps with inflammation which is great for someone with arthritis or autoimmune disease like RA, lupus, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s and MS.
-The DHA and EPA present in fish oils have an amazing effect on the brain showing to improve memory, focus and concentration. Everyone can benefit from that but especially the elderly or anyone with ADHA.
-Many alternative doctors use EPA and DHA to assist with mild depression and anxiety.
-DHA supports eye health. The eyes are rich in DHA and produce less with age so supplementation can help restore DHA levels. Studies have also shown DHA slows the progression of macular degeneration.
-EPA and DHA are beneficial to expectant and new moms by supporting brain development of the fetus and new born.
-Helps cardiovascular function. Studies show reduction in stroke, cardiac arrest, triglycerides and cholesterol.

Look for a brand with a stellar reputation like Carlson Labs who test for mercury, PCB’s and other contaminants present in wild fish. I take the liquid fish or cod in lemon flavor. I drizzle it on salad, blend into a protein shake and take by the teaspoon.

Genetics play a substantial role in our health but supplementation can help to overcome, alleviate and assist with health problems when taken preventatively. Check with your health care provider or your local health food store for what type of Omega-3 can help you in your journey to health and wellness.