Fish Oils. What you need to know!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in General health, nutrition | 0 comments

There’s Nothing Fishy about Fish Oil

Chances are you have heard by now that fish oils can have wonderful benefits for your health.   In the last several years fish oils have become widely available in both the capsule or liquid form.   Fish oils are high in Omega-3 fatty acids (which are difficult to consume in your diet especially if you are not a fish eater) as well as vitamin A, C, and D.

Here are some of the amazing benefits fish oils have been found to have

  • Reducing inflammationfish oils
  • Boosting your memory
  • Enhancing your immune system
  • Decreasing risk of certain cancers
  • Improving bone health
  • Improving the look of hair and skin
  • Reducing the risk of heart disease
  • Preventing pregnancy complications
  • Improving concentration in children and adults

 

 

Unfortunately our bodies simply cannot produce Omega-3 oils on their own.   The only way to get these oils in the correct dosage is by eating fish 2 times a or taking fish oils.   Many of us especially if we don’t live close to the sea do not eat fish twice a week so taking a fish oil supplement is our best bet to insure that we are getting the proper amount of omega-3s.   If you prefer getting fish oils directly from the source it is reccomended you eat fish that is baked, grilled or steamed.   Frying fish appears to deplete nutritional benefits.

How to ensure you are getting a good fish oil.

Quality of supplements can vary widely and that certainly applies to fish oils.   You must be sure that it is a high-quality fish oil supplement you’re taking.    The two main fatty acids in fish oil are EPA and DHA.  Fallow these guidelines to insure that you are getting a quality fish oil.

  • A minimum of 500 milligrams combined of EPA and DHA
  • Third-party test results on the supplement’s label
  • No fishy smell or taste; this could mean it has gone bad
  • Certification that only non-endangered fish species were used

If you follow these four guidelines, your fish oil will provide you with all the valuable benefits that Omega-3 oils offer.

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