First, let’s talk about why fish oil supplementation is so important to overall health.
Two words: anti-inflammatory.
A huge amount number of common occurring diseases, including some big hitters like obesity, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, can be traced back to one reoccurring theme; inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s way of attacking and flushing out substances it considers harmful. Unfortunately, inflammation can be self-perpetuating, which over time, can turn into a myriad of health problems, like some of those listed above.
However, many studies have shown that the proper consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids, along with proper nutrition and exercise, can help reduce the inflammation our body finds so damaging.
Omega 3 fatty acids are found in super green plants, like grass, seaweed, algae and phytoplankton. Fish (and other land mammals) eat these plants. Then, their bodies convert them to the Omega 3 fatty acids humans can properly use and digest.
Essentially, there are 3 types of acids that make up Omega-3 fatty acids. These include ALA (alpha-linoleic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Fish (and other land mammals) convert the plant based ALA into EPA and DHA, the fatty acids that promote anti-inflammation. Although you can find Omega 3’s in organic eggs and grass-fed beef, the most concentrated forms of Omega-3 fatty acids are found in the fatty tissue of fatty fish and shellfish!
It’s important to supplement your diet with fish oil because the human body does not produce EPA and DHA. Also, the Standard American Diet is full of Omega 6 fatty acids, which increases inflammation. So, if we consume more Omega 6’s than Omega 3’s, our body is left to sort out a mess that it’s not prepared or equipped to deal with, leaving us with a heap of problems. Getting 2-4 grams of a EPA/DHA combination in to your diet on a daily basis, through foods like salmon, walnuts, chia and flax seeds and even fresh basil or an Omega-3 supplement will help promote:
- BRAIN & HEART HEALTH
Decreases blockages, promotes overall function, and decreases inflammation.
- IMMUNE SYSTEM WELLNESS
When inflammation within your body goes down, it doesn’t have to be concerned about fighting unnecessary battles, therefore it can focus fighting the important actual foreign bodies that are causing problems.
- WEIGHT LOSS
In combo with proper nutrition and exercise, fish oil promotes increased metabolic health and function.
- SKIN & HAIR
Fish oil helps the skin and hair lock in important nutrients and moisture. This helps reduce wrinkles and the risk/effects of eczema, psoriasis and over dry skin!
Do you have experience with fish oil or supplementing with Omega-3’s? Let us know in the comments and reach out if you have questions on how to start a supplementing your diet.
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