Benefits of Fish Oil

I’ve heard things about this, like it’s good for your hair, good for your skin.  But that is all I can ever remember about.  So I figured it was time for me to do my own post on it, and share it’s goodness :)  So here we go!

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These little things are high in Omega-3′s, something the majority of the country isn’t getting, but instead we are getting loads of Omega-6′s.  From the richness of Omega-3′s we get:

First of all, there are two main types of Omega-3′s:

  1. EPA & DHA: Long chain Omega-3 fatty acids.  Plentiful in shellfish, and fish.  Algae often has DHA.
  2. ALA: Short chain Omega-3 fatty acids.  Found in plants (Flaxseed).  These are beneficial, but they have less benefits than EPA & DHA.
  • Increased Protein Synthesis: This is one of the most important factors in muscle growth.  It occurs when combined with an Amino Acid or Protein comsumption, but never when taken by its self.  It increases protein synthesis by 30%! And it works for all, young, middle aged, and elderly.
  • Decreased Protein Breakdown: EPA not only stimulates protein synthesis, but it also reduces protein breakdown.  It does this by acting on completely different mechanisms in muscle metabolism
  • Enhanced Immune Function: It supports the function of white blood cells, the cells that are the most important when it comes to beating a cold or disease.
  • Improved Insulin Sensitivity: Because adipose tissue (fat tissue) plays havoc on our body’s ability to manage blood sugar, this would be something to try. Only studies have shown for it to improve Insulin Sensitivity, and how this happens, well they are still trying to figure that out.
  • Eczema:  It can help keep the area of irritation moisturized, which will help the inflammation & itchiness go down {But please speak to your doctor first about this, there are two different ways to treat eczema with fish oil, and it all depends on the type you have}

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  • Improved Nutrient Delivery To Cells: Higher intakes of Omega-3′s will change the composition of the cell membrane.  In this case, a good thing! It will help make the flow of nutrients in and out easier.
  • Reduced Inflammation: When taken in the right amount of doses, they have a remarkable effect on the body’s inflammatory response.  Taking it every day can have a positive effect on more than 1000 genes that regulate inflammation (which is great for long distance runners!)
  • Improved Brain Function: DHA is passed from mother to new born.  With that being said, in a study between mothers who took fish oil(while pregnant), compared to mothers who did not (while pregnant), the ones that supplemented with fish oil – their toddlers at age 2.5 had significantly improved hand and eye coordination .  Taking fish oil can also ward off Alzheimer’s Disease and other cognitive diseases (even if you didn’t get it as a child!).
  • Diseases: Hundreds of studies show that fish oil will benefit cancer, asthma, depression, cardiovascular disease, ADHD, and autoimmune disease.
  • Skin: If your acne is caused by dry skin, it will help reduce the loss of moisture (which could help).  If you have a little more serious acne problem, it can help reduced the inflammation and redness (of acne spots).  {Consult with your doctor first though!} And because it keeps your skin moisturized, it can help prevents wrinkles.
  • Hair: Fish oil can help in hair growth.  The Omega-3′s help nourish the hair follicles – in turn helping your hair grow faster, stronger, and preventing hair loss.  It will also help your hair quality – the protein in fish can help weak brittle hair stay strong, and give it shine.

I got my info from HERE, HERE & HERE

Thoughts on Fish or Fish Oil??

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