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The Health Benefits of Fish Oil

by Gab Billones

Sep
23

When it comes to the budding dietary supplements nowadays, one of the most trusted and most effective is the fish oil. Fish oil has a considerable amount of the healthiest unsaturated fatty acid which is the omega-3. Omega-3 plays an important role in maintaining your health with a notable effect on your cardiovascular system.

Omega-3 isn’t an exclusive fatty acid in fishes. But this is where such fatty acids thrive bountiful. This is commonly found among fresh water fishes such as the salmon and  to mackerel to name a few. A regular consumption of these fishes shall give you the omega-3 you would need in a daily basis. But since not all of us are fond of eating it, and mostly all of us needed omega-3, fish oil supplements were created.

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There are two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids that are responsible for such health effects. These are the EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid). EPA is the one responsible in the protein synthesis while DHA is the fatty acid abundant in the brain and is responsible for modulating the carrier-mediated transport of choline, glycine, and taurine.

Fish oils exhibit health benefits in the aid of maintaining your inflammations down and keeping your digestion in check. Below is a list of the health benefits that fish oil is most notable of as of today.

  • Cardiovascular health.

This is where fish oil is most notable of.  According to the American Heart Association (AHA), Omega-3 has been proven to be effective in reducing the incidence of cardiovascular diseases. It also lowers the level of bad cholesterol and increases the level of good cholesterol in your system. Furthermore, it prevents the accumulation of triglycerides and atherosclerosis in coronary patients. With all of these findings, it is safe to say that it can prevent strokes and cardiac diseases.

  • Fat burning.

Contrary to the fact that it’s a fatty acid, fish oil aids in your weight loss plans. According to the research conducted by Prof. Pete Howe at the University of South Australia, fish oil improves the efficacy of exercise in your attempts to reduce weight. Therefore, take your dose of fish oil along with your exercise routines to have a more satisfactory result.

  • Immune system health.

Omega-3 plays an important role in strengthening your immune system. These fatty acids present in fish oil boost your immune system by affecting the activity and amount of cytokines and eicosanoids in our body, thus improving their performance in guarding us from sickness. With this, fish oils can prevent diseases such as AIDS and other virus-related diseases that penetrate our immune system.

  • Reduces inflammation.

This is also a notable health effect of fish oils. Omega-3 is very effective in reducing the inflammation in your blood and tissues. According to research, a frequent consumption of your daily fish oil supplement helps those who are suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases, i.e. gastrointestinal disorder, celiac disease, short bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease. Research is also being conducted to increase the anti-inflammatory reputation of fish oil, particularly when combined with other dietary supplements and drugs.

  • Improves brain health.

The presence of DHA in fish oils makes this possible. As we have observed, DHA is one of the important substances in our brain. With your daily intake of fish oil, you’ll be assured that enough DHA is present in your brain and thus improving your brain health. The effect of DHA on brain health seems to continue throughout life. Some research points at DHA consumption as an important tool in warding off Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive diseases.

These are the most apparent health benefits of fish oil.  But don’t forget the saying that too much of anything is dangerous. If you consume too much of what’s recommended for you, you might suffer some allergies and other health concerns. So take your fish oil in enough dosage. Regulate your intake based on your needs. If you do this right, you know you’re trudging the right path.

 

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