Fish Oil Benefits

Shana PerkinsBy: Shana Perkins, HHC

Chances are you’ve heard that fish oil is good you, but you may not know how critical it is for your health. Fish oil is the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids. According to a recent study by Harvard University, omega- 3 fatty acid deficiency is officially one of the top 10 causes of death in America.

This is because most Americans have an imbalance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. While we need both types of fat to come from diet because the body cannot make them, the ratio that we need them at is 2:1 (omega-6-omega-3). The problem is most Americans are getting them in a ratio of 20:1! Omegas-3’s decrease inflammation while omega-6’s increase inflammation. This is serious business because inflammation is the root cause of most disease.

We can obtain omega-3’s through flaxseeds, chia seeds, green leafy vegetables, pasture-raised beef, and of course oily fish. Omega-6 fats are ingested through turkey, chicken, pork, oils, margarine, mayonnaise, nuts, seeds, salad dressing, fried food and many other foods. You can see why it is so hard to get the necessary ratio without supplementation.

We have discovered that an omega-3 deficiency can lead to the following health conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Macular Degeneration

Not only is having the necessary omega 3’s critical to preventing disease, but having the right amounts benefit the body in so many ways.

Taking fish oil helps with metabolism and allows the body to feel satiated after meals. If your body is not getting the required essential fatty acids, you will continue to feel hungry even if you are eating plenty of calories. Fish oil is full of these fatty acids that allow you to last longer between meals. The omega-3’s in fish oil also stimulate your body to produce leptin; a metabolism-regulating hormone. On top of that, fish oil helps with weight loss as it helps activate enzymes that actually burn fat!

Fish oil supplements are also truly remarkable for your brain. Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain the proper functioning of serotonin and dopamine in your brain. Both dopamine and serotonin levels and the signaling system of these hormones, are believed to contribute to depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. These wonderful fats also help break up the plaques in your brain, which helps prevents Alzheimer’s.

The intake of fish oil is also shown to have many heart health benefits. Consumption of dietary fish and fish oil helps lower triglycerides and increase good cholesterol. Fish oil also helps prevent dangerous abnormal heart rhythms that can cause sudden cardiac death and strokes in people with known cardiac disease.

Fish oil has been shown time and time again to improve every area of your health and it even has anti-aging benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids slow the rate in which protective caps at the end of chromosomes shorten, thus increasing the lifespan of cells.

Do your heart, brain, body, and beauty a favor and add fish oil to your daily regimen.

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