100 Fish Oil Facts
What is Fish Oil?
Simply oil derived from the tissue of certain cold-water ocean fish. Fish Oil Benefits are real.
Let’s demystify a few things we have been hearing about.
Omega-3 fatty acids (I’ll spare you scientific words that I can’t pronounce)… are polyunsaturated fats.
The main 3 Omega 3’s are
ALA a-linolenic acid (found in plant oils)
EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid)
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) EPA and DHA are found in fish oils.
100 Benefits of Fish Oil From A-Z
Acne – Ben Bazor from acne revolution.com greatly expands on this topic in his post acnerevolution.net/rancid
ADHD – For a rather masterful presentation of facts surrounding this see Stephen Faraone, Ph.D.linkedin.com/today/posts/stephenfaraone
Alzheimer’s disease – For more on this read the article by Anna Tan, RN – alzheimersnewstoday.com/2015/07/02/fish-oil-may-prevent-alzheimers-disease-small-study-suggests/
Anti-Inflammatory – Want more? ask Dr. Libby – stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/teach-me/69287013/ask-dr-libby-can-fish-oil-ease-inflammation (New Zealand’s favourite wellbeing expert)
Anxiety – Amanda Rose, Ph.D., has a wealth of high quality information on her website. There are numerous case studies cited in her article rebuildfromdepression.com/fish-oil-depression
Assist in activating fat burning genes – Source – healthhabits.ca/2015/12/17/fish-oil-switches-fat-storage-cells-into-fat-burning-cells
Assist in decreasing your body’s insulin response to food – Source – University of Minnesota takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/explore-healing-practices/food-medicine/what-do-specific-foods-do
Assist in muscle protein synthesis – Tara Goodyear cites study done by Dr. Mauro Di Pasquala in the following articfle on breakingmuscle.com nutrition/want-to-get-strong-and-lean-take-fish-oil
Assist in the treatment of psoriasis and dry skin – More on this and VERY well written articles – see Loren at essentialoilsanctuary.com
Asthma – J.D. Moyer highlights fish oil as it relates to inflamation (personal experience) in his post jdmoyer.com/2010/07/17/how-i-cured-my-asthma-with-one-simple-lifestyle-change
Atherosclerosis – Need more info? Go see Suzy! (Suzy Cohen, RPh) – *creative informative article suzycohen.com/articles/statins_cramps
Autoimmune disease – Source – amymyersmd.com/2016/03/conventional-medicine-autoimmune/
Benefits children’s health – Further reading – sfh.com/blog/can-my-kids-take-fish-oil-supplements/
Benefits for pregnant and breastfeeding women – Maryann Jacobsen, MS, RD – has an excellent article (and website!) complete with multiple graphs and statistics > raisehealthyeaters.com/2015/04/kids-and-dha-complete-guide-for-parents
Bipolar disorder – Dr. Hyla Cass cites and commends on a very interesting study involving 30 patients that showed positive signs from Omega 3 fatty acids; cassmd.com/articles/fish-oil-improves-outcome-bipolar-disorder-patients/
Blood Circulation – Interesting article and blog – leomyc.blogspot.com/2015/11/atc-fish-oil-love-your-heart.html
Bone health support
Boost brain power and memory – For more on this see – bebrainfit.com/choosing-memory-supplements/
Boosting mental effects and combating mental illnesses – Be sure to read Sharon Looijen’s article > modellist-id.com/the-health-benefits-of-fish-oil/
Boosts Vitamin B’s anti-aging brain benefits
Cancer – A bit of counter perspective but also support for Omega Three’s here chriskresser.com/should-you-really-be-taking-fish-oil
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)
Cheaper than eating fish (but not as good)
Childhood problems like ADHD
Combats negative effects of intensive training on the immune system
Crohn’s disease – Kelly Brown, B.Sc., N.D; writes an expanded account of some of the treatment concepts and issues surrounding Crohn’s disease
Decrease blood pressure
Decrease inflammation – Cassandra Willyard has a cool article on this – sciencemag.org/news/2010/09/how-fish-oil-fights-inflammation
Decrease the incidence of depression and anxiety
Decrease Triglyceride levels
Decrease whole body inflammation – this is a nice resource on Omega 3’s herbwisdom.com/herb-flaxseed-oil.html
Depression after Birth
Easier than eating large amounts of fish
Fertility – See – suzycohen.com/articles/dryeyesolutions/
Fights negative long term effects of type 2 diabetes by reducing triglycerides.
Fish oil reduces exercise-induced muscle damage
Healthy cholesterol support
Help with treating ADHD – Jennifer Wurst, MD – has one of those truly helpful sites helping children and families (must read her stuff!) jenniferwurstmd.com/supplements-in-adhd/
Helps prevent degenerative disorders
Helps Protect the Elderly Brain
Helps to regulate digestion and increase the absorption of vitamins and minerals
Helps with dry eyes
High blood pressure
Improve fat burning
Improves appearance of hair – Doggy hair! Dr. Nancy Kay has a unique post and site: speakingforspot.com/blog/2015/06/07/five-reasons-to-consider-fish-oil-supplementation-for-your-dog/
Improves cognitive function
Infant eye-brain development
Irritable bowel syndrome
Itchy skin (eczema)
Joint pain relief
Lower blood pressure
Lower blood triglyceride levels – For somewhat of a counter perspective and expanded explination see Ric Hawkins stie http://fishoilsguide.com/fish-oil-supplements/can-i-use-any-fish-oil-to-reduce-my-cholesterol-the-truth-revealed
May ease menstrual pain
Obesity/hunger control – For a number of other obesity tips see – superskinnyme.com/how-to-lose-weight-fast.html
Omega-3 Combats the Inflammation Symptoms in Arthritis.
One of the best sources of Omega 3’s
Other brain disorders
Positively Related to Fighting Back the Risk of Cancer.
Potent source of EPA and DHA
Pregnancy and infant nutrition – For more on supplements and pregnancy take a peek at http://kimberlysnyder.com/blog/2013/06/15/the-seven-nutrients-you-need-while-pregnant (this is always a touchy subject and as always a physician should be consulted)
Preserve lean muscle
Prevents brain shrinkage and cognitive decline
Protect yourself from air pollution
Quick muscle recovery after workout
Reduce joint stiffness – See expanded account on this see healthywomen.org/content/article/ease-chronic-pain-fish-oils
Reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis
Reduce the risk of dangerous abnormal heart rhythms.
Reduce the risk of heart attack.
Reduce the risk of stroke.
Reduce the signs of aging – Christiane Northrup, M.D has an interesting website as well as a number of other resources and books
Reduces irregular heartbeat
Reduces the side effects of medication
Reduces the stress response
Relatively inexpensive supplement
Relaxes the arteries – For more info visit karenhurd.com/pages/healthtopics/specifichealthconcerns/ht-shc-aneurysm.html
Skin glow and completion – I was impressed with Andrea Lewis’s article holistichealthliving.com/2015/08/stroke-prevention-rehab-supplements
Slows down age related vision disease
Strokes – See Edith at traineredith.com/15-convincing-reasons-to-supplement-with-fish-oil
Type II diabetes
Fish Oil Dosage?
If you are not eating fish during the week then it is recommended by respected health organizations that you take around 500 milligrams of combined EPA and DHA (found in fish oil). However I personally take more and I have seen others recommend a higher dose.
At the risk of sounding like a nag, it is always recommended that you check with a medical professional (there may be interactions with medications – such as blood thinners).
If you read the back of a fish oil bottle it will quickly show how much EPA and DHA are contained per serving. Here is a photo of a nice potent supplement (triple strength fish oil)
Fish Oil During Pregnancy?
I definitely recommend fish oil during pregnancy (fire away critics!) The risk of mercury (which builds up over time) can be significantly mitigated by simply finding a reputable producer of fish oil.
Fish Oil Dangers?
Always consult a doctor with Krill or Fish Oil as they may interact with certain medications such as blood thinners.
A study by scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle linked eating a lot of oily fish or taking potent fish oil supplements to an increased risk for prostate cancer overall. This study (Journal of the National Cancer Institute.) was done years ago and my personal take-away is that any supplementation should be done in moderation to prevent associated risks.
Can I Give My Dog Fish Oil?
There are many benefits to giving your dog fish oil – such as a shiny coat, moist skin and decreased shedding.
However if large doses are given to a dog the anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory benefits of DHA and EPA may interfere with fido’s healing process and bleeding in the event of injury.
Fish Oil and Mercury?
As mentioned in regard to pregnancy – a high quality manufacturer of fish oil can eliminate a significant amount of mercury and other toxins. The information pertaining to mercury levels and such can be obtained from the manufacturer. Avoid fish oils with a fishy smell or taste.
Where Does Fish Oil Come From?
From fatty fish tissue. Such as trout, tuna, salmon, herring, mackerel, and sardines.
Fish Oil vs. Krill Oil
More research is needed regarding Krill Oil. A study conducted by researchers from Sweden and Norway looked at 113 male and females. After 7 weeks of taking Krill and Fish oil the levels of DHA and EPA were the same – making a strong case for Krill Oil being as potent as Fish Oil in terms of DHA and EFA delivery.
Krill Oil also has an antioxidant known as phospholipids which may make it a powerful rival to fish oil.
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