About Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplements



Our bodies need omega essential fatty acids. Supplementing with omega 3 fish oil supplements is the best way to balance out our omega’s.

The body does not produce essential fatty acids. They come from our diets. Most of us get too many omega 6’s from low fat proteins and vegetable oils used in frying and cooking foods.

Excess omega 6’s can cause increased water retention, high blood pressure and raised blood clotting. Americans get way more omega 6’s than needed from their diets. To balance them out we must take omega 3 supplements.

There are only a few sources of omega 3’s. They are walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dark green, leafy vegetables, flax seed oil, cod liver oil, cold water fish (Not farm raised), and mussels. Most of us need to take omega 3 fish oil supplements to balance out our omegas.

Marine omega 3’s are more effective than plant based sources. While you can get omega 3’s from flax oil it is recommended to get them from deep water fish sources. Plant based foods do not have the essential DHA and EPA you get from cold water fish, and mussels. That is why doctors recommend omega 3 fish oil supplements.

You may wonder why omega 3’s come from deep cold water fish. It is simple. They are the end of the marine food chain that starts with eating plankton. Farm raised salmon are not considered cold water fish.

Many of the diseases common to chronic inflammation are also common to those with a deficiency of omega 3 essential fatty acids. One study found that omega 3 fish oil diminished the production of hormones that cause inflammation.

There was a study done of children who were labeled as underachievers in England. This study lasted 3 months with half the children receiving fish oil supplements and half placebos. The study found that children who took the fish oil supplements made 3 times the reading progress as those taking the placebos. Source: Pediatrics May 2005, Vol. 115, No. 5: 1360-1366

A good balance of omega’s is also said to be an aid to dry skin and wrinkle prevention. Research shows that omega 3 fatty acids may reduce inflammation and risk factors for many chronic diseases.

Diabetes can damage blood vessels due to excess glucose in the bloodstream. Studies have concluded omega 3 may help circulation by making blood vessels smoother and more supple.

Researchers have found that in countries with higher omega 3 consumption, mental depression rates are lower. Blood flow to the brain has been found to be reduced in those low on omega 3’s.

The FDA has a history of not allowing health claims for natural supplements. They now allow the following claim for omega 3 fatty acids: reduced risk of coronary heart disease. "Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”

n 2002, the American Heart Association released a scientific statement, “Fish Consumption, Fish Oil, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease,” on the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on heart function (including anti-arrhythmic effects), hemodynamics (cardiac mechanics) and arterial endothelial function. The link between omega-3 fatty acids and CVD risk reduction are still being studied, but research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids typically:

• decrease risk of arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death
• decrease triglyceride levels
• decrease growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque
• lower blood pressure (slightly)

My conclusion is that virtually all adults should consume cold water fish 2-3 times a week and, or take quality omega 3 fish oil supplements containing EPA and DHA on a daily basis. I usually buy the green lipped mussel supplements. Many of us do not eat fish regularly, so for us daily omega 3 fish oil supplements are a necessity.

Benefits of Omega 3 Fish Oil

The FDA allows this qualified claim for fish oil supplements:

"Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. One serving of [name of food] provides [x] grams of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids. [See nutrition information for total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol content.]

Page updated 12/13/2010

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