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The Benefits of Fish Oil Supplements

Updated on May 8, 2009

Fish oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that these acids, primarily DHA and EPA are good for a wide range of health benefits. You can get some of the benefits from eating cold water fatty fish, but it is best to take a supplement for a wide range of benefits without the risk of heavy metal toxicity.

Inflammation and Pain

EPA and DHA (fatty acids found in fish oil) have shown to be natural anit-inflammatory. They are good for reducing inflammation throughout the body and can therefore help people with arthritis, prostatitis, cystitis, and many other conditions ending with "itis". The reduction of inflammation also reduces pain in these conditions because it is usually the inflammation that causes pain in the areas of swelling. It can also help prevent swelling and pain from minor injuries.

Heart Health

Fish oil supplements have been proven to provide a great number of advantages to heart health and the cardiovascular system as a whole. For example, fish oil lowers triglycerides, slows the hardening of the arteries, lowers blood pressure, and helps to break up clots which can cause heart attacks and strokes. There is also some evidence that it helps regulate the heart beat and prevent arrhythmias.

Better Brain Function

Whether you are the average joe who would benefit from increased concentration and improved memory recall, or you suffer from an issue that involves the brain fish oil can be of help. Research shows that it can help people with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, and compulsive disorders. While additional research needs to be done, it may even help those with schizophrenia.

Reduction of Cancer Risk

Some research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids might actually help prevent and treat certain types of cancers. Research has done on breast, colon, prostrate, and pancreatic cancer. Fish oil supplements may lower your risk of getting these types of cancer and may even help with the treatment of them in the future. Additional research is needed before any final judgements can be made, but due to the healthful nature of the supplement this is one more reason to enjoy taking it.

Weight Loss

There is evidence that fish oil has benefits for those looking to loose weight. It helps to promote weight loss and fat burning. It alone isn't a miracle pill that will make you drop the weight, but it helps people maintain healthy weights and combined with a good diet and exercise can help out a weight loss regimen.

Improved Immune System

Several studies have shown that fish oil has the potential to improve the human immune system. This makes it easier for people to be healthy, avoid illness, and build up immunity against common viruses.

Eye Health

Omega 3 fatty acids are great for eye health. Not only do they help vision, they can also help with some eye disorders including age induced macular degeneration. In fact, more and more eye doctors are recommending them for many of their patients.

Skin and Hair Health

Omega 3 fatty acids, especially EPA, promote healthy skin and hair. This includes improving cellular function, maintaining elasticity, and controlling moisture content. It can even be used to treat eczema, psoriasis, itching, redness, skin leasions, rashes, acne, dandruff, and dry damaged hair.

Increased Energy

While there hasn't been a lot of research done in this area, some early research does show that fish oil supplements may improve energy. Many people who take them often exclaim that this is true. So, while not proven, it is likely that you could feel the benefits!


Fish oil supplements are good for most people, but you should always talk to your doctor before starting any supplement. It is also a good idea to read up on the side effects of fish oil before deciding it is for you. Knowing what you are getting yourself into is always a good idea.

While not some miracle cure or miracle pill, fish oil supplements are about as close as you will get to one. They have a lot to offer your body and can be a part of your healthy lifestyle. Include a healthy diet, lots of water intake, and exercise and you will be well on your way to a healthy and long lasting life!


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  • Chris EastMan profile image

    Chris EastMan 8 years ago

    Hello, Very good article, I need to use the fish oil as well.

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    vrajavala 8 years ago from Port St. Lucie

    you can also find omega 3 fatty acid oils in vegetarian supply too, without the worry of Mercury contamination etc. Omega 3 is also great for reversing Alzheimer's Disease.

    Flax seeds, walnuts, avocadoes, sunflower seeds.

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    aidenofthetower 8 years ago


    Fish oil is good for you and I think that almost everyone should take it. There is evidence that certain people should be careful with it and should definitley talk to their doctor before making a choice. That includes those with fish allergies or sensitivities (could have allergic reactions to the oil), pregnant and nursing women (because there may be enough heavy metals in the fish oil to cause problems for the young), children (because dosing can be difficult and cause vitamin issues), those with high cholesterol (one side effect is raised LDL levels, which could be bad in those struggling with bad cholesterol as it is), those with low blood pressure or on blood pressure lowering medicines (for most lower blood pressure is either a good thing or an okay thing, but these people could find it goes too low), those with abnormal heart rhythms (could cause additional issues, the research is unclear), and diabetics (some research suggests it raises blood sugar levels, but more needs to be done before knowing for sure). So, while it is a great supplement and has a lot to offer, it is something you should always talk to your doctor about first, and you should consider any risks if you fall into one of these groups of people.

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    mulder 8 years ago from Warnbro Western Australia

    Great  article  I been takeing fish oil for years for my   bad back  and I never taken any pain killers  scince  .In fact my whole family  takes them.

    Fish oil is so good for you everyone should take it .