three reasons it helps your body
Omega 3 fatty acids are comprised of EPA & DHA which are found in fish oil. These two components have anti-inflammatory effects in our bodies, and many diseases begin with inflammation. Supplements made from various fish such as mackerel, salmon, herring, sardines, cod, and tuna are often approximately 18% EPA & 12% DHA. Deficiency can arise if the diet is low in these fish. Taking fish oil has been reported to help with the following:
1. Lowering blood pressure: research has shown varying doses to be effective, some with as altitude as 3 grams per day of omega 3. Given that most supplements are only 30% total omega 3, one would have to look at doing the math to achieve the proper dose.
2. Lowering triglycerides: similar research to lowering blood pressure, approximately 3 grams of EPA & DHA have shown to be beneficial. However, flax seed oil which contains a different acid, ALA which can convert in our bodies to EPA & DHA has not been shown to be effective in this case.
3. Rheumatoid Arthritis: any " itis" is often correlated with inflammation. EPA & DHA with the anti inflammatory effects are helpful at reducing the symptoms of RA. 3 grams is often suggested by doctors, and to continue for 3 months for the results to show.
Things to know when buying a fish oil, all supplements have the potential for contamination, specifically with fish oil, mercury is of concern. Good brands that are known to be free of contamination include Alms Bio, Nordic Naturals, Carlsons, as well as Kirkland. Fish oil can come in capsules and liquid forms. Flavors can range from lemon, strawberry or to desserts like peach cobbler and key lime pie (from Alms Bio).