Fish oil has been one of the latest hypes in health foods and supplements. Be honest, what have you heard about fish oil? How much of it do you think is true? I recently found an extremely informative and well-researched article on fish oil written by fitness expert Alan Aragon. The article is a tad bit dated, but the facts are still the same. I’ll summarize the findings here in this article as Alan’s article goes into quite extensive details.
Benefits of fish oil consumption back by research
- Fish oil is the best source for omega-3 fatty acids (essential for normal growth and development). The body cannot biosynthesize omega-3 fatty acids even though it is an essential fatty acid (EFA).
- Helps decrease blood platelet aggregation (anti-”blood clotting”).
- Helps lower blood pressure.
- Enhances smooth muscle function.
- Helps reduce inflammation.
- Helps fight hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol or triglyceride levels in bood).
- Helps with weight loss only to a very minor degree (Less than a pound difference in a 12-weeks study).
Dangers of over consumption
- For older individuals, consuming more than 3g per day of EPA/ DHA combined (active ingredients in fish oil) has adverse effects on the immune system.
My own personal advice on fish oil
Make sure you store you fish oil in the refrigerator. Fish oil tends you spoil much quicker than other vitamins. Also, leaving fish oil in the refrigerator helps keep the capsules quality from degrading (allowing the fishy goodness to travel deeper in your digestive tract where it really counts).
Don’t expect fish oil to help you with weight loss. Take fish oil to help keep your cardiovascular system healthy, to help your body recover from intense exercises, and to help reduce your chances of injury during physical activities.
See Choosing the Best Fish Oil Supplement, if you need help finding the best fish oils for your consumption.