So what is all this talk about fish oil and how can it benefit my body? You may have heard of the term omega-3 fatty acids, the most important types are found in fish oil; derived from cold-water fish such as salmon, cod, tuna or mackerel; and they are eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). But, why are they needed? The body needs EPA to produce hormone-like substances that protect the heart and cell membranes and DHA for the normal development of the brain, eyes and reproductive system.
Now that you have discovered their importance in the body you may be wondering what benefits you can receive by supplementing. There are many health benefits that you can experience by taking this dietary supplement. Fish oil has been successful in lowering triglyceride levels in the blood, counteracting inflammation throughout the body and thinning the blood. Fish oil has also been known to increase the concentration of good cholesterol in the blood and decreasing bad cholesterol. Omega-3 oils are beneficial in preventing the formation of blood clots and fatty deposits known as plaque on arterial walls.
But, the health benefits of supplementation don’t stop there; additional positive results include the assistance in controlling high blood pressure and managing symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Studies support that patients with RA experienced a reduction in joint tenderness, morning stiffness, fatigue and increased strength; supplying better gripping capabilities.
In fact, fish oil is so beneficial in reducing inflammation that people with asthma have experienced a greater potential for prevention of asthma attacks as the supplement reduces inflammation in their airways. Omega-3 oils have also proven beneficial in autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis and lupus as they too involve inflammatory disorders.
But what about osteoporosis? Studies support that when taken with calcium, essential fatty acids have been known in some cases to protect women from osteoporosis. They may also be helpful in alleviating symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) as they work to reduce inflammation in the body.
If you have ever read Dr. Colbert’s book; “The Bible Cure for ADD and Hyperactivity: Ancient Truths, Natural Remedies and the latest findings for Your Health Today” you will have found that he recommends fish oil for brain development. Studies show that fish oil has offered considerable benefits to people with ADHD and bipolar disorder by acting as a mood stabilizer.Additional healing benefits of fish oil include allergies, migraine headaches, Crohn’s disease, gout, ulcerative colitis, hair loss, memory problems, muscles strain, eyesight and diabetic neuropathy.
I personally have been using fish oil in my family for over 3 years and the health benefits that we have reaped are amazing. I have also recommended many people take fish oil on a daily basis; ADHD children, Diabetic patients; people who suffer from allergies, experience foggy memory, gout, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and much more. The feedback that I have received from these patients is so positive that it is a daily reminder as to why I have chosen the profession of a health coach; to empower others to “take control of their health so they too can experience a natural way to a better life.”