Where does fish oil come from and are they all the same?
- Fish oil comes from the tissues of oily fish and a portion of it is omega-3 fatty acids.
- The human body cannot produce omega-3 fatty acids so we must consume it exogenously.
- There are two main beneficial types of omega-3 fatty acids - eicosapentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
- Both EPA and DHA are vital to human health and studies have shown that each fatty acid has unique benefits. EPA supports the heart, immune system, and inflammatory response. DHA supports the brain, eyes, and central nervous system.
- People may not consume sufficient fish or shellfish to meet their daily recommended dosage.
What are some specific benefits of omega-3 fatty acids?
- EPA has been shown to reduce triglyceride levels of those who suffers from hypertriglyceridemia. Elevated levels of triglycerides are associated with atherosclerosis and predispose to cardiovascular disease.
- Extensive studies have been conducted on the correlation between dietary fish oil and coronary heart disease. Findings have shown that fish oil are associated with a lower incidence of fatal coronary heart disease.
- Fish oil (specifically a high level of EPA and DHA) has been shown to have inhibitory effects on breast cancer cell growth and metastasis.
- Both DHA and EPA have anti-inflammatory effects on the human body which may help people manage the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Overall evidence has shown to improve the health of your heart, brain, skin, hair and body! Consider adding fish oil to your daily supplement regime or consume wild caught fish daily.
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