Fish oil is one of the most commonly consumed dietary supplements. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is very important for your health. If you don’t eat a lot of fish like mackerel, herring, tuna, salmon, cod liver, whale blubber, and seal blubber, taking fish oil supplement could help you get enough omega-3 fatty acids. Two of the most important omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil are EPA and DHA.
Taking fish oil along with conventional treatments for bipolar disorder seems to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety but not mania in people with bipolar disorder. Some research suggests that getting more omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil is linked to greater volume in areas of the brain. In particular, these areas are related to mood and behavior.
CANCER RELATED WEIGHT LOSS
Taking a high dose of fish oil seems to slow weight loss in some cancer patients. Low doses of fish oil don’t seem to have this effect. Some researchers believe fish oil slows cancer-related weight loss by fighting depression and improving the mood of people with cancer.
Taking fish oil, alone or with vitamin B12 or vitamin E, can improve painful periods, lower inflammation and reduce the need for pain medications in women with menstrual cramps. Choose fish oil over pain killers!
Higher intake of fish oil from foods has been linked with a reduced risk of heart failure. Eating 1-2 servings of non-fried fish per week is recommended. It’s too soon to know if taking fish oil supplements helps prevent heart failure. Fish oil might reduce adverse outcomes such as hospital admissions or death in people that already have heart failure. People with stents in their heart who took blood-thinning drugs as well as fish oil were found to have a lower risk of heart attack compared with those not taking fish oils.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Fish oil seems to slightly lower blood pressure in people with moderate to very high blood pressure. While these effects can certainly be beneficial for those with high blood pressure, it can cause serious problems for those who have low blood pressure. So, people with low bp please do not consume fish oil as daily supplements.
Taking fish oil together with calcium and evening primrose oil slows the rate of bone loss and increases bone density at the thigh bone (femur) and spine in elderly people with osteoporosis.
Fish oil may help psoriasis when taken as an injection by vein. It can decrease the severity of psoriasis symptoms. Also, applying fish oil to the skin will improve skin irritation, reddening, itching and inflammation.
Some clinical research shows that eating more fish oil is linked to a lower risk of getting dry eye syndrome in women. Taking it daily improves symptoms of dry eye such as pain, blurred vision, and sensitivity.