Fish Oil

What’s so special about Fish Oil and should we be including it in our daily diet? Many people are interested in including omega-3 fish oil as a nutritional supplement as more and more scientific studies demonstrate benefits for a variety of health concerns.

Below is brief introduction on fish oil and their benefits.


Why Fish Oil?

Essential fatty acids (EFAs) should be part of our daily diet; otherwise we are greatly increasing our risks for many different health problems, caused by the lack of Omegas. EFAs are divided into two groups: Omega-6 EFAs and Omega-3 EFAs.

The difference between the two groups of EFAs have been shown in studies that revealed that too much Omega-6 can lead to inflammation, blood clotting and tumor growth. Yet, this is the complete opposite for Omega-3. Omega-6 can be found in vegetable oils, while Omega-3 is found in fish oils, among other foods.

Fish oil supplements are high in omega-3. These EFAs are so vital in promoting brain and nerve health. Humans can’t make their own omega-3, so it’s crucial that we obtain them from a balanced diet.

What The Research Says

According to recent research, omega-3, and particularly the fish oils, may have a positive effect on a range of illnesses such as arthritis, eczema, and even depression. Interestingly, it may also improve cognitive development in babies, and may also help prevent age-related cognitive-decline. The most convincing research findings to date links omega-3 with having a healthy heart. But new research continues to be published highlighting the importance of omega-3 to various elements of our health.

Our nervous system is comprised primarily of fats and fish oil supplements, which contain omega 3 fats, which have been shown to improve nerve transmissions (improved nerve conduction velocity).  Fish oil (containing EPA and DHA) have also been shown to improve heart muscle contractility.  Therefore, it is logical to suspect that if fish oils become incorporated in the nervous system and the muscles that the muscle might be able to contract better or more forcefully.

One recent study, for example, records the beneficial effects of fish oil supplements for elderly women (avg. age 64) who are also involved in a strength-training program (1).  This just adds to the growing list of notable benefits of fish oil supplements.

Our Recommendations

A good practitioner only brand is the way to go. You will need to speak to your health care provider, such as your Naturopath, Dietitian or Chiropractor to discuss which Fish oil supplement and what dosage is right for you.

At AHS we recommend Bioceuticals UltraClean EPA/DHA Plus because it excels in purity.  No fillers or artificial nasties. They are made from small wild fish – not farmed. It undergoes a purification process to remove any pesticides and heavy metals – low mercury. It is then tested independently to ensure it is of a higher standard than what is required to sell in Australia.

High concentration The concentrating of the oil ensures that you need less of it to get the required amount.

Based on this and many other studies, I highly recommend that you not only eat fatty fish such as wild salmon twice per week, but that you also supplement with a high quality fish oil supplement on a daily basis.

Please call our Dietitian on 9948 2826 or visit our clinic at 9/470 Sydney Rd in Balgowlah servicing the surrounding suburbs of Allambie, Balgowlah Heights, Seaforth, Fairlight and Manly on the Northern Beaches.

References

1. Rodachi C, et al. Fish oil supplementation enhances the effects of strength training in elderly women. Am J Clin Nutr 2012;95:428-36

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