The Amazing Health Benefits of Fish Oil

fishoilFish oil has long been thought to benefit heart health.  However, fish oil provides many additional health benefits also. The omega 3 in fish oil accounts for most of its healthy benefits.

Fish oil can lower the risk of heart disease.   It can lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase the levels of good cholesterol (HDL).  Fish oil may help with the prevention of strokes and sudden death due to a heart attack.

Since fish oil is effective in reducing inflammation in tissues and blood it may help with gastrointestinal problems and Celiac disease and may  be useful for treating arthritis and lupus, asthma and kidney problems.

Omega 3 acids present in fish are said to help relieve depression, anxiety, stress and other nervous problems.  Fish oil may also be helpful in the treatment of bipolar disease.  In countries where fish containing omega 3 is consumed often the number of violent incidents is lower.

Fatty acids present in fish oil are said to be effective in acting as a defense against Alzheimer’s disease.

Fish oil combined with exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on weight loss.

The use of fish oil may result in improved immunity to colds, flu or coughs since it boosts the immune system.

Other benefits of fish oil may include improved treatment for acne, improved vision, improvement for skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis and rashes and can improve the growth of shiny hair.

Omega 3 fatty acids are available naturally by consuming fish such as shark, swordfish, halibut, mackerel, albacore tuna, yellow fin tuna, blue fin tuna, anchovies, salmon, sardines, lake trout, herring, sea bass, rainbow trout and oysters.

Fish oil is also available in supplements such as capsules, soft gels, tablets and liquid.  It is important to consult with your health care professional to determine if fish oil is right for you and, if so, the amount you should be taking.  Some people may have side effects or allergic reactions to taking fish oil so before starting a  course taking fish oil consultation with your physician is necessary.