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The Heart-Healthy Fish Oil

Updated on September 24, 2014

What is Fish Oil?

Salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines are not just good sources of protein but also excellent sources of oil, referred to as fish oil. Fish oil is taken from the tissues of oily fish such as those mentioned above,and is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids. These Omega-3 fatty acids are believed to offer health benefits ranging from reducing the risk of heart attack and coronary heart disease to combating depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Other types of fish that are especially rich in these beneficial oils/fatty acids include sturgeon, mullet, bluefish, anchovy, herring, trout, and menhaden. They provide approximately 1 gram of omega-3 fatty acids in about 3.5 ounces of fish meat.

The Benefits of Fish Oil

Omega-3 fatty acids

Scientist have discovered fish oil contains two of the highly beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These two fatty acids play a role in preventing atherosclerosis, heart attack, depression, and cancer. The good thing is, it's not only heart-healthy but also good for the brain as it helps fight depression, psychosis, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Alzheimer's disease, and other mental disorders.

Fish oil is used for a wide variety of conditions but it is most often used for conditions related to the heart and blood system. Fish oil can be taken from two sources, either from tissues of oily fish or from ready-made fish oil supplements.

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How to Cook Fish the Healthy Way

Getting Healthy Fish Oil

When fish oil is obtained by eating fish, the best way to cook the fish is through broiling and baking. Eating broiled or baked fish allows you more to get the beneficial oils of the fish compared to eating fried fish or roasted fish. Broiling or baking the fish are the healthy ways to get fish oil and experience their benefits optimally.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids and Heart Health

How these Essential Fats Affect the Heart

Amidst the long list of omega 3 benefits, its cardiovascular system benefits are the most established ones with the strongest clinical evidence. How exactly do omega 3 fatty acids affect the heart and blood system and how does this nutrient protect us against heart diseases? Well, here are the answers.

Clinical studies show that omega 3 fatty acids help prevent and reduce inflammation thru the by product called resolvins, substances produced by cellular enzymes from EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Resolvins inhibit the synthesis and regulate the transport of inflammatory agents to sites of inflammation including arteries. Inflammation is one of the major threats to the cardiovascular system making it one of the major risks factors of heart ailments.

The human diet must have the right balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids as well as a low intake of saturated fats but high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (including omega-3 fatty acids). Unfortunately, most western diets are higher in omega 6 fatty acids compared to omega 3. While omega 3 helps reduce inflammation, omega 6 fats promote such process.

Omega 3's anti inflammatory action keeps us away from inflammatory diseases

like heart disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, arthritis, and even cancer. These essential fats also reduce stiffness in the arteries, helping to lower blood pressure. This was confirmed by a study involving middle aged men and women with high levels of cholesterol who were asked to take dietary EPA and DHA supplements. The respondents then showed a significant increase in arterial elasticity after supplementation. This just shows that omega 3 fatty acids also protect the arteries not just against inflammation but against stiffness.

Another good effect of omega 3 fats to our blood system is preventing excessive blood clotting, thereby promoting healthy blood circulation.

Other Health Benefits of Fish Oil

Boost Intelligence and Good for Brain Health

Intake of fish oil or fish oil supplements, especially by pregnant women and nursing mothers may enhance both their mental abilities and their babies' brain development due to its high content of Omega-3 fatty acids. These essential oils are said to improve memory, recall, focus and reasoning.

Reduce Pain and Inflammation

One of the health benefits of fish oil is also the fact that it reduces inflammation and pains related to it. So it is a useful supplement to take when you are suffering from arthritis.

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Fish Oil, Leukemia And Other Cancers

Recently it was discovered that a substance that is derived from fish oil can completely cure leukemia in mice without any chances of relapse. There is still lots of testing to be done, but chances are good that this fish oil cure will also work on humans and that will also work on other types of cancer!

What Do You Think About Fish Oil

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      think our bodies need it, thanks for publishing this, earned a 'thumbs up' from this reader.