Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably heard at one point in time that your body could use a fish oil supplement.
But have you ever looked into why? Or what kind of benefits you can reap from taking fish oil?
Welcome to fish oil 101.
WHAT is fish oil?
Fish oil is the combination or EPA and DHA (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid).
EPA and DHA are essential (Omega-3) fatty acids, meaning our bodies don’t produce them so we have to get them from food or supplements we consume. These fatty acids are found in some of the foods we eat, but fish oil gives us a higher concentration of them.
WHAT foods are high in Omega-3s?
No surprise, seafood—especially fatty fish (mackerel, herring, trout, tuna, salmon) and fish roe (eggs) are high in Omega 3s. So are chia seeds, flaxseed, walnuts, soybeans and spinach.
WHY is fish oil good for you?
Below is a list of the many alleged health benefits that study after study have suggested fish oil can do for you:
•Supports fatty acid metabolism
•Increases cognitive function
•Increases muscle protein anabolic response (in other words, it can help you lose weight)
•Increases cardiac health (helps with blood flow, which may help with performance)
•Decreases blood pressure (especially if you’re someone who eats a lot of red meat)
•Helps lower the risk of heart attack and strokes
•Helps reduce inflammation
•Helps improve muscle recovery (https://www.medicalnewsbulletin.com/omega-3-fish-oil-helps-improving-muscle-recovery/)
HOW do I choose a good fish oil supplement?
If you’re going to buy a fish oil supplement, the most important thing is you want to make sure it contains at least 1,000 mg of EPA+DHA Omega-3 fatty acids per serving.
To read more about how to choose a good fish oil supplement, check out this review: http://www.reviews.com/fish-oil-supplement/
One piece of advice: Take fish oil with food, or hide it in a smoothie. This tends to help reduce the aftertaste.
I am a firm believer in the SFH fish oil as it is a concentrated formula, so you get a great bang for your buck with quick results!