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Fish Oil Health Benefits

Fish oil has plenty of beneficial qualities, there is lot of talk and publicity around its possible applications, and not all of them are accurate, so be wary when reading literature on this useful oil.

 

It is believed that regular consumption of fish oil aids in boosting your immune system, thereby enabling you to resist the occurrence of common diseases like colds, coughs and the flu.

 

Omega-3 fatty acids present in fish oil bolster the immune system by effecting the activity and amount of cytokines present in our body.

 

Fish oil is effective in reducing inflammation in the blood and tissues.

 

Regular consumption of fish oil supplements, tablets, pills and capsules is helpful to those who suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases.

 

Fish oil is effective in treating gastrointestinal disorders, Celiac disease, short bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, which are both typical disorders of the intestine.

 

Patients suffering from Crohn’s disease often find it difficult to absorb vitamins, fats and essential supplements.

 

Fish oil can be obtained from eating fish or by taking supplements. Fish that are especially rich in the beneficial oils known as omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, tuna, salmon, sturgeon, mullet, bluefish, anchovy, sardines, herring, trout, and menhaden.

 

Fish oil supplements often contain small amounts of vitamin E to prevent spoilage. They might also be combined with calcium, iron, or vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, or D.

 

The ability for omega-3s to boost metabolism is more theoretical than proven at this point.

 

However, as a cell’s health improves, due to the improved nutrient delivery mentioned above, the thought is that it may allow for an increased metabolic rate.

 

Some people use fish oil for dry eyes, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a very common condition in older people that can lead to serious sight problems.

 

When fish oil is obtained by eating fish, the way the fish is prepared seems to make a difference.

 

Eating broiled or baked fish appears to reduce the risk of heart disease, but eating fried fish or fish sandwiches not only cancels out the benefits of fish oil, but may actually increase heart disease risk.

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