Nothing fishy about the benefits of fish oil
By: Leanne Ely
Fish oil comes from the tissues of oily fish (imagine that!). This oil contains omega-3 fatty acids including DHA and EPA, which have both enjoyed lots of attention from the health world over the past few years.
Fish oil has a ton of important health benefits, and we all should be getting in at least three to six grams of fish oil each and every day.
Some of the benefits we gain from fish oil include:
• Healthy blood cholesterol levels. Fish oil helps to improve the ratios of LDL and HDL in your body. When you eat a diet rich in fresh organic produce and fatty fish, you’ll be protecting yourself against developing many different heart problems in the future.
• Bone health. Those fatty acids in fish oil can help your bone density levels. Calcium is important in developing strong bones, but so is fish oil.
• Mood food. Fish oil protects against mood disorders because it increases levels of serotonin (the feel good hormone) in your body. Cut out the processed foods and increase your consumption of fish oil and produce, and your moods very well may balance out naturally.
• Cancer prevention. Fish oil protects your cells against damage by free radials and, in turn, protects your body against cancer.
Research shows us that fish oil prevents eye disease, boosts brain health and even prevents premature aging. These magical oils regulate body temperature, blood pressure and the immune system.
The catch (ha ha) is that you can only get these essential fatty acids through diet.
In addition to supplementing with fish oil, you should eat fatty fish (like wild caught salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines) three times a week. As far as supplements go, I recommend taking gel capsules of fish oil rather than buying it in liquid form. I personally like Blue Ice fermented cod liver oil and butter oil blend by Green Pasture.
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