You would likely be hard-pressed to find a supplement as widely accepted for its legion of benefits as fish oil. Often, mainstream medical practitioners disregard or blatantly deny that supplements have any efficacy at all, but fish oil is a supplement so packed with proven benefits, your doctor and your naturopath are likely to both agree that fish oil is something you should be taking regularly.
Fish oil is high in omega 3 fatty acids, both eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Both of these are typically lacking many people’s diets. Much of the fat in the average diet is higher in omega 6 fatty acids. Higher levels are omega 6 fats are associated with higher levels of inflammation, a key factor in many diseases. The problem is not so much with omega 6 fats, themselves. The probably lies in the imbalance between the two fats. Supplementing with fish oil, particularly for people who do not eat enough fatty fish in their diets, is a good way to balance the two out, and as it turns out, this provides a legion of health benefits.
Below are 7 facts about fish oil, and why you should be including this into your Phase One Diet regimen.
1. Fish oil may provides benefits for the heart and cardiovascular system.
Fish oil can help prevent heart disease in those with a healthy heart. It can also help to prevent death from heart disease in those already diagnosed with heart disease. There is also evidence that fish oil may help lower blood pressure, and prevent strokes.
2. Fish oil may help prevent cancer.
Certain types of cancer, such as breast and endometrial cancer are thought to be prevented by fish oil. Fish oil may also play a role in preventing, colon, rectal, oral, ovarian and prostate cancers.
3. Fish oil can help boost your mood.
Fish oil has known mood-boosting benefits an may be beneficial for those with ADHD and bipolar disorder. It has also been shown to help in the prevention of psychosis in those showing symptoms.
4. Fish oil has anti-fungal and anti-yeast properties.
5. Fish oil may provide benefits for arthritis sufferers.
Fish oil has anti-inflammation properties that may assist those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis with their pain.
6. Fish oil may help lower triglycerides and maintain healthy cholesterol.
Fish oil may be effective for those who struggle with maintaining healthy cholesterol levels keep those levels in check. It has also been shown to assist in preventing
plaques form in the arteries.
7. Fish oil may help combat osteoporosis.
Fish oil has been shown to both slow bone loss and increase bone density in some studies.