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Question: What’s all the fuss about Omega 3 fish oils? What do they do for my body?

 

Answer: Omega-3 fish oils are a substance that can be found in the bodies of fish. The interesting thing is that fish don't naturally produce Omega-3 oils. Instead, they create it within their body by eating marine algae who naturally contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. However, eating fresh fish is no longer recommended. The mercury levels that are prevalent in almost all fresh fish these days can be very detrimental to your health.

 

Omega-3 is a type of fat that is essential for human health. They're essential because they're not something we can create on our own, but must instead obtain them through our diet.  Omega-3 contains two fatty acids that benefit the human body greatly, which are known as DHA and EPA. These fatty acids have been linked to helping prevent heart disease, cancer, and many other diseases.

 

DHA is also required by the human brain. Low levels of DHA in the brain have been linked to depression, schizophrenia, memory loss, and an increased chance of being stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, the regular and repeated consumption of Omega-3 oils can greatly help affect the quality of your life for the better.

 

Clinical trials conducted have shown that Omega-3 oils can reduce cardiovascular events including heart attacks, strokes, and even death.

 

Also, research has shown that Omega-3 oils can help decrease the risk of arrhythmias, decrease triglyceride levels, decrease the growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and even slightly lower blood pressure! 

 

The only thing 'unclear' in all of the research is exactly how much Omega-3 we need on a regular basis. However, most sources1 report that 250-500 mg on a daily basis is enough to support good health and promote positive healing within the body. 

In fact, here are a handful of symptoms you may be experiencing on a regular basis that could indicate you have low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet:

Here are a handful of foods that you can eat on a regular basis to help increase your intake of Omega-3s, that don't rely on fish sources:

If you're looking for an Omega supplement that avoids the gross aftertaste of fish oil, I recommend taking a whole-food, plant-based supplement made with Omega-3s directly from the algal, rather than the fish. My favourite is the Juice Plus Omega Blend Capsules, which contain oils from 6 different plant-based sources to provide an array of omega within other plant-based extracts containing various naturally occurring omega fatty acids. They skipped the 'middle fish' to keep the purity from the algae and other various whole food sources; such as buckthorn berry, raspberry, tomato & sunflower oil and many more!

 

With all these facts, there is no doubt that the regular and responsible use of Omega-3 oils from food and supplements can be of great benet to your health!

 

1 Omega-3 Dosage Guidelines