Bruce and John discuss the importance of Fish Oil and Omega-3. Learn about the history, the benefits of taking this supplement, how it works and any possible side effects with taking fish oil and omega-3. This should answer all your question surrounding this very important and essential fatty acid. The video below is long as 20 minutes, but goes into detail about everything you have ever wanted to know about omega-3 and fish oil supplements.
Fish is rich in two forms of omega-3 fatty acids, called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Growing evidence shows that these two forms are particularly important for lowering inflammation and protecting against heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that people without documented coronary heart disease eat at least two servings per week of a variety of fish.
A lot of the benefit of fish oil seems to come from the omega-3 fatty acids that it contains. Interestingly, 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 reduce pain and swelling. This may explain why fish oil is likely effective for psoriasis and dry eyes. These fatty acids also prevent the blood from clotting easily. this might make fish oil helpful for some heart conditions.
Fish Oil capsules contain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are found in oils from certain types of fish, vegetables, and other plant sources. These fatty acids are not made by the body and must be consumed in the diet. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids work by lowering the body's production of triglycerides. High levels of triglycerides can lead to coronary artery disease, heart disease, and stroke.
Research has indicated that including fish oil in your diet on a regular basis may offer mood support. Supplementing with fish oil may support a healthy blood cholesterol profile already within a normal range. Adding 3-6 grams of fish oil a day can help promote healthy ratios of HDL to LDL, as well as healthy levels of triacylglycerol concentrations in the body when they are already in healthy range. It's important to make sure you're getting a good ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, though. Consuming too much omega-6 and too little omega-3 can actually put you at a higher risk for a lower bone-mineral density.