Omega-3 Supplement Benefit Information

Chances are you’ve heard about Omega-3's and fish oil benefits. The essential fatty acids called Omega 3 fatty acids are very important to your health and Omega-3 fats are found primarily in fish oil. Here are 7 areas to do your research on.

1. Less Pain and Inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly EPA, have a very positive effect on your inflammatory response. Through several mechanisms, they regulate your body’s inflammation cycle, which prevents and relieves painful conditions like arthritis, prostatitis, cystitis and anything else ending in "itis."

2. Cardiovascular Health. Omega-3 fatty acids have also been proven to work wonders for your heart and the miles and miles of arteries and veins that make up your cardiovascular system. They help to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL's and blood pressure, while at the same time increasing good HDL cholesterol. This adds years to your life expectancy.

3. Protection from Stroke and Heart Attack. When plaque builds up on arterial walls and then breaks loose, it causes what’s known as a thrombosis, which is a fancy way of saying clot. If a clot gets stuck in the brain, it causes a stroke and when it plugs an artery, it causes a heart attack. Research shows omega 3 fatty acids break up clots before they can cause any damage.

4. Better Brain Function and Higher Intelligence. Pregnant and nursing mothers can have a great impact on the intelligence and happiness of their babies by supplementing with fish oil. For adults, Omega3 improves memory, recall, reasoning and focus. You’ll swear you’re getting younger and smarter.

5. Less Depression and Psychosis. Making you smarter is not all Omega 3 does for your brain. Psychiatry department researchers at the University of Sheffield, along with many other research studies, found that Omega3 fish oil supplements “alleviate” the symptoms of depression, bipolar and psychosis (Journal of Affective Disorder Vol. 48(2-3);149-55).

6. Lower Incidence of Childhood Disorders. Just to show how fish oil fatty acids leave nobody out, studies show that children (and adults) with ADD and ADHD experience a greatly improved quality of life. And those with dyslexia, dyspraxia and compulsive disorders have gotten a new lease on life thanks to Omega3 oils.

7. Reduction of Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancer. And finally, Omega 3 fish oil has been shown to help prevent three of the most common forms of cancer – breast, colon and prostate. Science tells us that Omega 3's accomplish this in three ways. They stop the alteration from a normal healthy cell to a cancerous mass, inhibiting unwanted cellular growth and causing apoptosis, or cellular death, of cancer cells.


Are There Any Benefits To Fish Oil 3 Supplementation?

by Peter Bertonich on October 25, 2009

Even if you haven’t spent much time researching the importance of diet in health

There are 2 very important omega 3 fats called EPA Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). It’s not restricted to just 2, another omega 3 fatty acid called ALA is a plant-based Omega 3 fat however DHA and EPA are considered by far the most important.

The average American diet is very low in Omega3 sources. We eat far too much processed foods, sugar, salt and red meat and too little fish. In the past there was a reasonable amount of DHA to be found in red meat but modern feeding methods including grain feeding have reduced the levels of DHA to extremely low levels in red meat. To get more DHA and EPA in our diets we need to either start taking DHA supplements or eat more fish or both.

Here’s 3 benefits to your health of increasing your dietary intake of essential Omega 3 fatty acids.

Improvements in brain health.

Science is now beginning to understand the importance of DHA to our brain. It is now seeded extremely important for the brain development of the fetus and infant that they have sufficient levels of DHA. Amongst older people DHA supplementation has been shown to improve our cognitive ability, our memory and our concentration.

2. Cardiovascular and Heart Health.

There is a wide range of reasons why getting plenty of omega 3 fatty acids in our diets can reduce the risk of heart disease and improve our cardiovascular health and this is now accepted by the American Heart Association. Our risk of death from heart attack can be reduced by increasing our intake of Omega3 fats. For this reason and for others AHA tells us that we should have a minimal level of fish in our diet or increase our intake of Omega3 fats by supplementation.

3. Improvements in age related conditions.

I have mentioned already the improvements in memory and concentration experienced by the age however there are more benefits to older people from taking in higher levels of Omega3 fats. 3 more benefits include a reduction in the risk of prostate cancer, a reduction in the risk of blindness due to macular degeneration and reduced pain and distress from the symptoms of arthritis.

Unless there was significant scientific evidence backing up the benefits of fish oil a conservative organization like the American Heart Association would not be recommending that we increase our intake of Omega3 fats. And as studies have shown that Canadian and US citizens have lower levels of DHA and EPA than almost anyone else in the world there is no doubt we should be increasing our intake of Omega3 fats.

I hope that showing you a little more about the sorts of benefits you could experience from increasing your intake of fish oil. 3 benefits is really just the beginning, there’s lots more.

Mercury contamination and the cost of fish are 2 reasons for our limited intake of fish. However the very best fish oil supplements are completely free of contamination, thereby being safe to take daily, and represent and excellent cost-effective way to take daily fish oil supplements.

But not all fish oil supplements are good supplements.



Why are Omega-3 Fatty Acids beneficial


Omega-3 Fatty Acids contain a group of hormones called "Eicosanoids". These are the hormones that control inflammation and by controlling inflation this can help your future health condition. Two important hormones to keep in check are insulin and super hormones known as Eicosanoids. Insulin we effect by the amount of protein and carbohydrates we consume in every meal. Eicosanoids can now be controlled by high enough levels of Omega-3 Fatty Acids found in highly purified fish oil.


Fish is considered good for us but it can also be bad for us. It is good for us because it is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that can help us control inflammation. We also know fish can be bad for us because most fish in the world today are contaminated with Mercury, PCB's and DDT in their fatty tissue that people have put in the environment. This puts people in a dilemma whether to eat fish and get the Omega-3 benefit or do not eat fish due to the contaminants.


There are two basic types of Omega Fats that are considered Essential Fatty Acids(EFA's). One group is called Omega-6 fatty acids and the other group is Omega-3 Fatty Acids. It is important to note that Omega-6 fatty acids cause inflammation. In contrast, it is the Omega-3 fatty acids that decrease inflammation. Yo remain healthy you need a balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. If the balance is to high you will have increased inflammation that could cause an accelerated rate of heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer. If the ratio is to low, it means our immune system is now depressed and we can be prone to chronic disease due to increased infection.

In the last 100 years, the amount of long chain Omega-3's in our diet has dropped 95%. The decrease in Omega-3 fatty acids and the corresponding increase in Omega-6 fatty acids and can be linked to the growing rate of heart disease. Initially it was believed to be due to cholesterol but we now know it is a decease of inflammation.


Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil vs. Health Food Store Grade

Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil has the toxins removed from the fish oil and has more purified concentrated fatty acids so it is a more potent version. It takes about 100 gallons of what you find in a typical heath food store to make one gallon of Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil. That makes it highly concentrated and highly pure.

Fish oil in a health food store comes from basically crude fish oil. To get fish oil, you squeeze it out of the fish. The toxins are fat soluble and contained in the oil. The newer refining processes can now deliver concentrated fish oil without the impurities. We now a powerful way to help control inflammation with purified concentrated fish oil.

So how can you be sure that you are getting a better fish oil product. Take your fish oil and put it in the freezer. If it freezes, it is more likely to be a lower grade of fish oil. This happens because it is rich in saturated fats that can only be removed by the same refining process that removes the toxins. Here is another simple taste test. If it is very bland with little taste, it is probably a good material. If it tastes fishy, it is likely the sewer of the sea. The freezing test is a great indicator to see if it is highly purified.


Highly Refined EPA and DHA Benefits

High Potency, high dose Omega-3 fatty acids can have a great impact on most chronic disease states like heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer, attention deficit disorder and chronic pain. The data from previous studies is over welling, if Omega-3's are taken in high enough levels can have a significant impact. The reason why is that chronic disease is caused by inflammation and if you can control inflammation you can have positive results. Drugs that control inflammation have side affects and have some risk associated with them. The alternative is a purified concentrated Omega-3 fish oil to control inflammation without the side affects.

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