Why do we need omega 3 fish oil in our diet? The short answer to this question would be: because we are not as healthy as we could be without it..
Allow me to read some of your thoughts. You are probably thinking at the back of your mind that omega 3 is just fatty oils and you are likely to have been told for many years that fats are not good for one’s health.
So what I am raving about? Is totally excluding omega 3 from one’s diet not a healthy practice? Now kindly prepare yourself for the longer answers to these questions.
But before we go into the fish oil benefits let me talk briefly about the other fatty acid you’ve probably heard about – omega-6.
Vegetables oils like soy oil and corn oil fall under the omega-6 group. And most of us are aware, and take note that experts agree on this, that too much intake of vegetable oils could result to inflammation. Too much inflammation is what leads to disease.
This is probably one of the reasons why you are reluctant to believe that not all fatty oils are bad for your health. In fish, omega-3 fatty acids are produced by marine plankton which are part of the fishes’ diet. Omega-3 contains eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acids (DHA) which are basically the two important fatty acids that gives the body amazing anti-aging protection.
Among the health benefits of EPA and DHA include preventing heart attacks, reducing the incidence of cancer and atherosclerosis. In fact, studies have shown that people who eat more fish have lower chances of having their blood vessels inflamed which is definitely good for the heart.
By eating a fish diet or taking omega 3 capsules, the heart becomes healthier. Moreover, other studies have confirmed that including fish in one’s daily meals could help combat hypertension and body fat.
Some studies have found out that fish oil when used by people with asthmatic conditions, provide some relief from their symptoms. Aside from those with asthma and other allergies, people who are being treated for depression can also use fish oil as well to help control their mood swings.
Now, one way to obtain your daily intake of omega 3 is to eat fishes such as salmon, tuna and mackerel. However several reports point to the fact that the fish we eat contain rather high levels of the mercury – a pretty dangerous element. Pregnant women and those with young children should avoid eating fish with high mercury levels.
Therefore, it is best to get your daily allotment of omega 3 from taking molecular distilled fish oil supplements. The ingredients of these capsules have been purified to remove the harmful contaminants.
Although fish oil can be bought in pharmacies and health food stores – don’t assume those brands are all molecularly distilled. Make sure it says so on bottle.