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Fish Oil? Yes, Please!

Written By Coastal Integrative Health on October 30, 2014

What is all this talk about fish oil supplements and inflammation? Most of us know that eating fish is good for us in moderation, but how can taking a fish oil supplement help you? One of the major things fish oils are good for is helping decrease inflammation in our bodies. They also help stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and maintain the reproductive system. Some benefits that fish oils have been linked to with health issues include: heart disease, ADHD, anxiety, depression, high cholesterol, inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, eczema, diabetes, cancer, weakened immunity, autoimmune disease and macular degeneration.

How is this possible? Fish oils are rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)-time out-these are some very large words that are hard to even say! I will put it like this; these are GOOD fatty acids that we can NOT produce in our bodies. If we do not get them from our diet, then we are not getting them at all. There are also omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, once again, we can NOT produce these in our body. You want to make sure you have a healthy balance of omega-6 to omega-3, around a 2:1 ratio. The problem that we are having today is that we are consuming way too many of the 6's in our diets without enough of the 3's. So the ratio becomes more around 25:1, which in turn will actually cause inflammation in our bodies. This is all from eating more processed foods, fried foods, grains, cooking oils made with corn and safflower oil or any other type of vegetable oil, hydrogenated oils, sugar, alcohol, MSG (monosodium glutamate-aka salt), gluten, and dairy. We want to try to avoid these things as much as possible so we are not causing our bodies to become inflammed and eventually lead to chronic inflammation and pain.
For the most part, 1000mg dose of fish oil a day is a good amount, but remember, not all fish oils are created equal. Most fish oils out there are highly processed and can oxidize easily causing them to go rancid. When looking for good fish oil, make sure they are in triglyceride form. We use Omegvia Pharmaceutical grade fish oil at the office, which means fewer pills to take, twice or even three times the amount of omega-3, less fillers or stuff that is not omega-3, and it is more effective.

If you have any nutritional concerns or would just like to know more about this, contact the office today and we would be happy to assist you!

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3/

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