9 Reasons You Should Be Taking Fish Oil (05:28)
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.
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.
6. Reduce Liver Fat
Your liver breaks down most of the fat in your body and can be a big part of weight gain.
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.
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