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3 Reasons Why You Need Fish Oil: Your Body Will Thank You!

3 Reasons Why You Need Fish Oil: Your Body Will Thank You!

There are few supplements on the market that offer as many benefits as fish oil does, so regardless of who you are, it's almost certain you will benefit from it. Learn more.

Whether you're looking to maximize muscle building and fat loss or you're simply looking to take the best pathway to optimal health, fish oil is a supplement you must be adding to your daily diet. There are few supplements on the market that offer as many benefits as fish oil does, so regardless of who you are, it's almost certain you will benefit from it.

Here is some of the important information that you should know about fish oil.

What Fish Oil Is

Fish oil is a form of fatty acid that is derived from the tissues of oily fish. It contains the omega-3 fatty acids, including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are what has gained the most attention with regards to health research over the last few years.

Individuals who consume a high amount of fatty fish in their diet tend not to need to supplement with fish oil capsules as much or as often, however you should also remember that many of the fish varieties do contain higher levels of mercury, which also needs to be monitored in the human body.

If these levels of mercury get too high, that can cause problems too, so it's vital that you keep a good balance. Fish oil capsules along with fatty fish on occasion will be the best way to meet your needs safely.

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Support Health Blood Cholesterol Profile

One of the main benefits that you'll experience when supplementing with fish oil is supporting a healthy blood cholesterol profile already in a normal range. Adding three to six grams of fish oil a day can help promote healthy ratio's between HDL and LDL as well as healthy levels of triacylglycerol concentrations in the body when they are already in healthy range.

If you can start using fish oil as well as eat a diet that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables you will support overall health and wellbeing.

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Support Bone Health Profile

it would be a very smart move to start paying attention to your fish oil consumption habits.
"It would be a very smart move to start paying attention to your fish oil consumption habits."

As you grow older, especially in the case of women who are entering the menopausal years and who don't have the standard estrogen and progesterone hormone levels any longer, the bones may begin to thin, which then sets you up to experience osteoporosis.

Studies have looked at the implications that long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid intakes have on the bone density and calcium balance in menopausal women and have found that those who do take in higher levels may help support healthy bones.

There will never be any better way to support your overall bone health than being sure you're getting enough calcium in your diet regularly, but after that's been looked after, it would be a very smart move to start paying attention to your fish oil consumption habits.

One thing that is important to note though is that it's important that you're getting a good ratio of n-6 to n-3 fatty acids in the body as if you aren't that can actually put you at a higher risk for a lower bone mineral density.

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Mood Support

A third reason to start including fish oil in your diet on a regular basis is because of the support for positive mood.

The diet's of many people are so filled with processed foods that there isn't enough quality nutrition coming in to support a healthy system, which only adds to the stress build-up that tends to set these disorders off.

Fish oil consumption helps support the levels of serotonin in the body, which is often termed the 'feel good' hormone. You'll typically reap the benefits of serotonin after eating a carbohydrate heavy meal, which is what puts you in a relaxed and peaceful state. Individuals typically crave high-carbohydrate foods when they are stressed for this reason.

By supplementing with fish oil you will naturally support your own serotonin release in the body, which may help manage stress.

Conclusion

So be sure you do keep these points in mind. Fish oil isn't necessarily going to help you build muscle at an accelerated pace directly, but indirectly it will help support the quality of your workouts and more importantly, really enhance your overall health.

Both these are important aspects if you hope to pursue workouts over a longer period of time.


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I’ve been working in the field of exercise science for the last 8 years. I’ve written a number of online and print articles.

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I have rheumatoid arthritis and I take fish oil. I am also vegetarian. I take a double dose daily. I feel pretty healthy; I supplement it with a double dose of B12 and SlowFe (iron).

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how do u know if fish is wild caught?

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I consume 2 fish oil daily to improve my helath and vitality of my heart

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Mercury in fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna or other fish, the selenium in the fish binds with the mercury and kills it, studies have shown. So you really do not need to worry about mercury unless you are planning on eating whale or shark meat.

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This article may be 4 years old, but it was a good read. I've been contemplating on taking ON Fish Oil Softgels with my ON Mutlivitamin. Should be complementary in health benefits.

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