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Why Do We Need Omega Three Fish Oil?

Updated on May 1, 2011

Most expert and doctors now agree on the significant benefits of omega three fish oil.

The extensive research dates right back to 1975 and studies of Greenland's Inuit tribe. This study by Dyerberg, Bang and Hjorne discovered the tribe suffered virtually no affects of heart disease despite the high fat diet they consumed.

The reason was determined to be fish, and more specifically the omega three fatty acids they were getting from the oils in the fish.

Modern Research

Studies have snowballed since the 1970's however, and we now know so much more about this substance, and it's effect on the body.

Omega three is known to have some impact on virtually all of our bodily systems. But in particular it has been shown to have considerable beneficial effects for the cardiovascular system, and for healthy brain function.

Government Advice

It's not unusual for Government bodies to be slow to make recommendations where nutrition is concerned. But the volume of research and supportive evidence is now so strong. Even the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now believes there is 'credible scientific evidence' in regards to a reduced risk of heart disease for those foods containing omega three fatty acids.

Read more about why this is the case in how does fish oil reduce cholesterol?

But With A Warning Attached

Government advice is also to avoid consuming too much oily fish, due to levels of pollution.

Unfortunately the very fish that provide high levels of omega three oils, are at the top end of the food chain. That means that the tiny traces of mercury or other toxic metals consumed lower down the food chain, are able to build up and concentrate in the very fish we want to be eating more of.

So only two servings of oily fish are recommended per week for most people, and no more than this. Further, children and pregnant mothers are advised to be more careful than that.

Avoiding Toxins

On this occassion at least, healthy eating alone so far seems unable to resolve the problem of getting enough omega three fish oils, without the downside of toxic heavy metal contamination.

So unlike a lot of supplements, fish oil supplementation actually offers a genuine advantage to most of us that normal food sources alone cannot. Because fish oil supplements can, and should be, filtered. And if filtered properly, the fish oil not only retains it's benefits but has near to no detectable trace of toxic metals.

Whichever way you choose to get your omega three oils, the evidence is now pretty clear that yes, you should be getting them.

Pierce Holman is a health and wellness fan, and runs the website 'Omega Three Benefits'. It deserves a site all of it's own because omega three is simply one of the most exciting nutritional discoveries of modern times.

Don't miss my guide to omega three fatty acid foods for more information on which foods to choose.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful Hub. I plan to buy some Fish oil capsules next time I go to our pharmacy. God Bless You.