What is Fish Oil?
Fish oil comes from the tissues of oily fish and is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids.
omega-3 fatty acids do not innately produce these compounds but accumulate them by
consuming algae. The USDA
recommends for adults to consume 8 ounces of seafood per week based on a 2000-calorie
diet. Fish oil
capsules are a good alternative for individuals who dislike the taste of fish or don’t
recommended amount of seafood per week.
PureBulk derives Fish Oil softgels from sardine, anchovy, and salmon sources.
What are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?
Omega 3s are essential fatty acids that the body must obtain through dietary sources. The
primary three types
are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid
(DHA). ALA can convert
into EPA but at a low and inefficient rate. As a result, consuming ALA food sources
isn’t enough to meet the
body’s needs for omega 3s. EPA and DHA are precursors to eicosanoids that help reduce
inflammation and lower
Foods High in Omega 3
ALA comes from plant sources, such as flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, canola oil, and
they do not provide sufficient omega 3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA most often come from
fish and fish oil.
However, meat, eggs, and dairy products also contain these essential fatty acids.
Individuals should avoid
consuming certain predatory fish. They’re at the top of their food chain and can
accumulate toxins from
consuming other contaminated fish. Some of the best choices for fish include anchovies,
herring, salmon, sardines, freshwater trout, and light canned tuna.
Potential Fish Oil Benefits
Fish Oil for Fat Loss and Muscle Growth
Omega 3 fatty acids may support fat loss efforts. Animal research shows that fish oil
converts fat storage
cells in the body into fat-burning cells. The fish oil supplements promoted fat
metabolism by stimulating
digestive tract receptors. Research also shows that fish oil supplements exert positive
effects on the areas
of the brain that regulate food intake. Fish oil may promote life-long fitness, too.
Muscle mass begins to
diminish after the age of 60 in men and women alike. Human clinical trials show that
essential fatty acids
stimulate muscle protein synthesis and improve muscle mass in sedentary and
adults. Research also found that essential fatty acids improve the rate of muscle growth
in older adults
performing resistance exercises.
Fish Oil for Triglycerides
Fish oil may benefit heart health due to its interactions with cholesterol and
triglycerides. A plethora of
studies reported that fish oil supplements help boost HDL (good) cholesterol and may
reduce LDL (bad)
cholesterol in some individuals. It also has a dramatic effect on triglyceride levels.
Triglycerides are the
primary components that make up body fat. Plaque may build up on artery walls if
triglyceride levels are too
high for too long, causing the arteries to narrow and harden. Research shows that fish
oil can reduce
triglyceride levels by up to 30%. As a result, fish oil supplements may inhibit plaque
buildup in the
arteries by lowering triglycerides.
Potential Fish Oil Benefits for Skin
Fish oil may support healthy skin in several ways. Numerous studies have reported that
omega 3s exert
protective effects against UVA and UVB rays. Research participants also experienced a
dramatic increase in
their ability to resist sunburns after taking EPA for three months. Unsurprisingly,
omega 3s help protect
against sun damage and inhibit collagen loss due to sun exposure. Omega 3s may also help
improve acne by
reducing inflammation and managing oil production. Omega 3s further support skin health
by enhancing the
skin barrier to lock in moisture and shut out irritants. Clinical trials also found that
omega 3 fatty acids
helped individuals with dry, red, or itchy skin.
Potential Fish Oil Benefits for Hair
Several studies have examined the effects of foil oil supplements on hair health. One
animal study reported
that fish oil supplements stimulated hair growth. Another human trial noted significant
increases in hair
growth and a reduction in hair loss in women. Another study found that women taking
essential fatty acids
and antioxidants had less hair loss and improved hair density.
Potential Omega 3 Benefits for Stress and Mood
Numerous studies underscore the effects of omega 3 fatty acids on mood and stress.
taking omega 3 supplements experience more stable moods. Other research shows omega 3s
help improve low
moods and relieve nervousness. Some participants in these trials experienced relief with
as little as 200mg
of omega 3s per day. Of the three omega 3 fatty acids, EPA appears to have the most
effect on mood.
Potential Fish Oil Benefits for Women
Fish oil supplements may provide women some relief from menstrual pain. Research shows
that women who take
omega 3 supplements experience milder menstrual pain than those that don’t. One study
reported that women
with moderate to severe menstrual pain experienced dramatic improvements after taking
fish oil supplements.
Potential Fish Oil Side Effects
Most individuals can take fish oil supplements without experiencing significant side
effects. Some may
experience mild effects, such as a fishy taste in the mouth, nausea, indigestion, or
diarrhea. Fish oil may
interact with some medications, including blood pressure medication, anticoagulants, and
Individuals taking blood pressure medication should consult a physician before taking
fish oil supplements,
as they may lower blood pressure. Omega 3s may exert a blood thinning effect on some
individuals. As such,
anyone preparing for surgery should stop taking fish oil supplements one to two weeks
procedure. Contraceptives may reduce fish oil’s effects on triglycerides.
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