Fish oil is obtained from the tissues of oily fish like tuna, mackerel, cod, and salmon. Fish oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids that provide a great number of health benefits when consumed by humans. Thankfully, we no longer have to rely on the old bottle of Cod Liver Oil to enjoy the benefits of fish oil. Omega 3 supplements are widely available and increasingly popular all over the world.
Fish oil is very well known for its uses in relation to the cardio vascular system. Taking fish oil supplements regularly can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, regulates triglyceride and cholesterol levels in the blood. Fish oil is also used to prevent or reduce the appearance of varicose veins which are a sign of potentially serious cardio vascular problems.
Omega 3 found in fish oil is very important for regulating certain physiological functions like blood pressure, blood clotting, swelling, nerve transmission, and kidney functions. High doses of Omega 3 have been used to treat certain mood disorders and improve cognitive function.
Omega 3 is especially important during pregnancy and for mothers after the birth of a child. Omega 3 aids in the development of fetal neurological and vision development. Omega 3 is essential for the development of the fetal nervous system and aids in the production of breast milk. Supplements are important for women before and after pregnancy because the fetus can deplete the mothers system of Omega 3 during the pregnancy. Omega 3 deficiencies’ are known to cause mood disorders and may compound periods of post partum depression.
There are three main points to consider when choosing a fish oil supplement:
Quality Standards and Manufacturing
What level of toxin is present in the product? How much EPA and DHA are present in the supplement? An adult requires 500 mg of Omega 3 per day (with a minimum of 220mg EPA and 220mg DHA) This information should be present on the label.
High quality fish oil should be odorless. The presence of a fishy odor is a clear sign of poor quality. The bottle should also be void of any chemical odor.
High quality fish oil will not remind you of Grandmothers’ Cod Liver Oil remedy. There should be no fishy taste or after taste.
With continued research the benefits of fish oil are reaching further than the cholesterol reducing qualities that it was once nest known for. Researchers are currently looking for a link between Omega 3 deficiency and certain cancers including Mesothelioma.