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There’s Nothing Fishy About Fish Oil

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You have probably heard that you should eat fish at least twice a week but do you really know why?

Fish and fish oil are high in omega-3 fatty acids. When you ingest fat from foods, it breaks down into fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are the “good guys” that help to lower triglycerides in the blood and too many triglycerides can increase your risk for heart disease. Among the omega-3 fatty acids are DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). DHA and EPA are important for not only heart health, but for brain and eye health and reducing inflammation. They are also very important for infant health and development.

On the other hand, omega-6 fatty acids have been vilified but this is not necessarily the case. Omega-6s are necessary to the body but too much can cause inflammation. Americans, in general, are consuming way too much omega-6s because the main source is vegetable oils, like soybean oil. Most processed foods contain large amounts of omega-6s. The goal is to have a lower omega-6 to omega-3 ratio and this is achieved by consuming less processed and fried fast food and eating more fish or fish oil.

Unless you eat fish several times a week and don’t eat processed food, you could benefit from taking a fish oil supplement. Our fish oils are high in quality and assured to be without any heavy metals like mercury.

Please see our fish oil supplements for both adults and children below the related articles.

Sources:

  • American Heart Association on Fish and Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Effect of Fish Oil Supplementation
  • Public Library of Sciences, Low Blood Long Chain Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Direct MS Org, Omega 3 fatty acids, inflammation and autoimmune, Simopoulous, MD, FACN

*The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.