9 Reasons You Should Be Taking Fish Oil

9 Reasons You Should Be Taking Fish Oil


Fish oil is one of the most eaten dietary
supplements. It’s full of omega-3 fatty acids, which are very important for your health. Fish oil is the fat or oil that’s taken
from fish tissue. It usually comes from oily fish like herring, tuna, anchovies, and mackerel. Sometimes it’s made form the livers of other
fish, as is the case with cod liver oil. The World Health Organization (WHO) says to
eat 1- 2 portions of fish every week. This is because the omega-3 fatty acids in fish
has many health uses, like helping block some diseases. Another reason it’s important to get enough
omega-3s is because the Western diet has traded a lot of omega-3s for omega-6s. This mixed-up
rate of fatty acids may cause a lot of Western lifestyle diseases. If you don’t eat a lot of oily fish, taking
a fish oil supplement could help you get enough omega-3 fatty acids. It’s important to note that the types of
omega-3s found in fish oil have more health benefits than the omega-3s found in some plants. Here are some ways fish oil is helpful to
your health. 1. Heart Health Studies have shown that people who eat a lot
of fish have much lower rates of heart disease. Some of the ways fish oil is good for heart
health are: – It raises the levels of HDL (the “good”
cholesterol) – It lowers triglycerides by about 15- 30%
-It stops the plaque that form in arteries and cause them to harden
– In people who are at risk, it may lower fatal arrhythmia events 2. Brain Health Your brain is made up of nearly 60% fat, and
much of this fat is omega-3 fatty acids. Therefore, omega-3s are important for the
brain to work properly. In fact, some studies have shown that people
with some mental disorders have lower omega-3 blood levels. Interestingly, studies have shown that taking
fish oil can block or better the signs of some mental disorders. 3. Weight Loss Obesity can raise the risk of other diseases,
like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Using fish oil can better body composition
and risk factors for heart disease in obese people. Also, fish oil can lower waist circumference.
It may even help lower weight gain when used with other weight loss plans. 4. Reduce Inflammation Swelling is the immune system’s way of fighting
infection and treating injuries to the body. But swelling can sometimes come at low levels
over a long amount of time. This is called chronic inflammation. Fish oil brings down swelling and can help
treat diseases that come with chronic inflammation. Also, taking fish oil can lessen joint pain,
stiffness, and the need for medication in people with rheumatoid arthritis. 5. Skin Benefits The skin is the biggest organ in the human
body, and it has a lot of omega-3 fatty acids. There are some skin disorders that can be
helped by taking fish oil supplements. Included in these are psoriasis and dermatitis. 6. Reduce Liver Fat Your liver breaks down most of the fat in
your body and can be a big part of weight gain. The number of people with liver disease is
growing, especially non- alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which comes from fat building
up in the liver. Taking fish oil can help the liver work properly
and bring down swelling, which may help lessen signs of NAFLD and the amount of fat in the
liver. 7. Depression and Anxiety It’s said that depression will be the second
leading cause of disease burden in the world by 2030. Interestingly, people with depression seem
to have lower blood levels of omega-3s. Studies have shown that fish oil and taking
omega-3 can lessen the signs of depression. 8. Prevent Mental Decline As you age, your brain slows down, and the
risk for Alzheimer’s disease grows. If someone eats more fish, their brain will
weaken slower in their old age. Studies have shown that fish oil may boost
memory in healthy, older people. 9. Bone Health During old age, bones can start to lose their
important minerals, which makes them more likely to break. This can lead to diseases like osteoporosis
and osteoarthritis. Studies have shown that taking fish oil lowers
signs of bone breakdown, which can help stop bone disease. How to Supplement with Fish Oil: If you do not eat 1- 2 portions of oily fish
per week, you may want to take a fish oil supplement. Read the label and choose a supplement that
has at least 500 mg of EPA and DHA per 1,000 mg of fish oil. Also, keep your supplement away from light.
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