Why is Fish Oil Good for You?

Posted on February 5, 2008. Filed under: Take Care of Yourself | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

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I’ve heard of the benefits of fish oil for years. One friend swears it cleared up her son’s eczema, another says she uses it to prevent colds, I read that runners should take it to protect their knees, and doctors prescribe it in Europe to their patients with heart disease. So I decided to do a little research and learn more.

Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids. Since our bodies cannot produce these fatty acids, and can only get it from our food, these are called essential fatty acids. The three types of omega-3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The major actions of omega-3 oils are to reduce inflammation, which helps combat a number of medical problems. Another important fatty acid is omega-6, but it is common in most of our diets since it is found in meat. People with a good ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to have a variety of medical problems including heart disease, cancer and arthritis. However, the best ratio varies according to the condition you are worried about. Since most of our diets have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, taking fish oil is a great way to supplement your diet and achieve better 6 to 3 ratios.

So my bottom line assessment of the benefits of taking omega-3 oils is WOW!

As I looked through the medical literature, I saw LOADS of studies that have shown the benefits of increasing omega-3 oils in your diet. Some of the conditions that have been studied are listed below with the links to the research that shows the benefits. This is not a comprehensive list, but is a great start.

In terms of the evidence for preventing colds and treating runner’s knee, I couldn’t find anything. But after seeing all of these other benefits, I put some fish oil (that has had the scent removed) into my 4 year old daughter’s juice. She has eczema and I hope to see an improvement. I will write about it after she has taken it for 2 weeks.



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    8 Responses to “Why is Fish Oil Good for You?”

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    Thanks for this informative article on fish oil. My family rarely eats meat. Our meal everyday consists of fish and vegetables.
    JDicen http://writingdavaoblog.wordpress.org

    Did your daughters eczema improve?

    I never knew that fish oil had so much benefits.I have some at he bit I never took,I’m goo g to start taking it from now on

    fishh oil will make your child smarter it helps with their brain development a lot……..every kid needs to take fish oil if they want to exceed in their learning abilities.

    Thank you for the knowledge on fish oil.

    Hows your daughter’s eczema?

    My daughter bought a bottle of fish oil capsules omega 3 fish oil 1200 mg i decided to try them…i always had bleeding gums but after a month on them they no longer bleed at all even when flossing…they certainly must increase the strength of blood vessels as i can find no reference to gum bleeding….the change was dramatic as my gums have bled since i was 12 LOL

    Anne?? is your daughter ok? lol you posted this in 2008 and never reported back on results.

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