Do You Know the Benefits of Omega-3 Fish Oil?

And Should You Add This Supplement to Your Diet?

Darryl Brooks

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A hand holding gel caps of fish oil imega-3
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Have you heard of fish oil?

Do you have a squeaky fish?

No, a different kind of fish oil.

I’m certainly not a medical expert, and if you have been following my writing, you know this isn’t a subject I broach often. I’ve written a few well-received articles on diet and fitness, but this is definitely a departure for me. But I have been researching the possible benefits of fish oil and decided since I had the research, I may as well write up an article on it.

Maybe I can make enough money to buy more fish oil.

Fish oil is simply one of the dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

Sounds complicated? Well, try this one on for size.

Omega-3 fish oil contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Didn’t know you needed that stuff, did you?

Well, neither did I.

First, let’s break it down a bit. What is fish oil? As the name implies, fish oil is the fat or oil extracted from oily fish, such as herring, tuna, anchovies, or mackerel. Or it could come from the livers of other fish, as is the case with cod liver oil. You’ve probably heard of cod liver oil. Maybe you were forced to eat a spoonful when you were a kid. If so, your mom was ahead of her time.

And the essential nutrient in fish oil is omega-3 fatty acids. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends eating fish once or twice a week. Not only is it a healthier source of protein than red meat, but the omega-3 fatty acids in fish can protect against several diseases.

But if you don’t eat enough fish, you can supplement your intake of omega-3s with fish oil in liquid or capsule form. About 30% of fish oil is omega-3s, and it contains some vitamin A and D.

But what are the benefits of these omega-3s? The most critical benefit cited by science is that omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that can prevent and manage heart disease. What does that mean, and how does it work?

Fish oil provides the following benefits: it can lower the risk of heart disease, although it…

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Darryl Brooks

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