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What are the potential health benefits of fish oils

Published on 6/18/2018
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The fish oil is oil that comes from the tissues of oily fish. They contain the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), precursors of certain eicosanoids that are known to reduce inflammation in the body.

 

It is worth noting that the fish used as sources of the oil do not actually produce omega-3 fatty acids, but instead accumulate them by consuming either microalgae or prey fish that have accumulated omega-3 fatty acids.

 

 

 

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Fast facts on fish oils

Some key facts about fish oils are listed hereunder.

    - Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and D.

    - Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils may protect the heart and offer other health benefits, but research results have been mixed.

    - Eating fish is a better way of getting fish oil or omega 3 than taking supplements.

 

What are omega-3 fatty acids?

 Omega-3 fatty acids ar fats normally found in plants and marine life..

 

There are two types are plentiful in oily fish:

 

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA): The best-known omega-3 fatty acid, EPA helps the body synthesize chemicals involved in blood clotting and inflammation (prostaglandin-3, thromboxane-2, and leukotriene-5). Fish obtain EPA from the algae that they eat as mentioned above.

 

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA): In humans, this omega-3 fatty acid is a key part of sperm, the retina, a part of the eye, and the cerebral cortex, a part of the brain.

 

DHA is present throughout the body, especially in the brain, the eyes and the heart. It is also present in breast milk.

 

The health benefits

 

Many kinds of research have found that fish oil and omega-3 fatty acid is beneficial for health, but others have not. It has been linked to a number of conditions.

 

Multiple sclerosis

 

Fish oils are said to help people with multiple sclerosis (MS) due to its protective effects on the brain and the nervous system. However, at least one study concluded that they have no benefit.

 

Prostate cancer

 

One study found that fish oils, alongside a low-fat diet, may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer. However, another study linked higher omega-3 levels to a higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

 

Research published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggested that a high fish oil intake raises the risk of high-grade prostate cancer by 71 percent, and all prostate cancers by 43 percent.

Post-partum depression

 

Consuming fish oils during pregnancy may reduce the risk of post-partum depression. Researchers advise that eating fish with a high level of omega 3 two or three times a week may be beneficial. Food sources are recommended, rather than supplements, as they also provide protein and minerals.

 

Mental health benefits

 

An 8-week pilot study carried out in 2007 suggested that fish oils may help young people with behavioral problems, especially those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

 

The study demonstrated that children who consumed between 8 and 16 grams (g) of EPA and DHA per day, showed significant improvements in their behavior, as rated by their parents and the psychiatrist working with them.

 

Memory benefits

 

Omega-3 fatty acid intake can help improve working memory in healthy young adults, according to research reported in the journal PLoS One.

 

However, another study indicated that high levels of omega-3 do not prevent cognitive decline in older women.


Heart and cardiovascular benefits

 

Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils may protect the heart during times of mental stress.

 

Findings published in the American Journal of Physiology suggested that people who took fish oil supplements for longer than 1 month had a better cardiovascular function during mentally stressful tests.

 

Researchers in 2012, noted that fish oil, through its anti-inflammatory properties, appears to help stabilize atherosclerotic lesions.

 

On the other hand, a review of 20 other studies involving almost 70,000 people, found "no compelling evidence" linking fish oil supplements to a lower risk of heart attack, stroke, or early death.

 

The AHA recommends eating fish, and especially oily fish, at least twice a week, to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

Alzheimer's disease

 

For many years, it was thought that regular fish oil consumption may help prevent Alzheimer's disease. However, a major study in 2010 found that fish oils were no better than a placebo at preventing Alzheimer's.

 

Meanwhile, a study published in Neurology in 2007 reported that a diet high in fish, omega-3 oils, fruit, and vegetables reduced the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's.

 

Vision loss

 

Adequate dietary consumption of DHA protects people from age-related vision loss, Canadian researchers reported in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.

Epilepsy

 

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry claims that people with epilepsy could have fewer seizures if they consumed low doses of omega-3 fish oil every day.

Schizophrenia and psychotic disorders

 

Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may help reduce the risk of psychosis.

 

Findings published in Nature Communications details how a 12-week intervention with omega-3 supplements substantially reduced the long-term risk of developing psychotic disorders.

 

Health fetal development

 

Omega-3 consumption may help boost fetal cognitive and motor development. In 2008, scientists found that omega-3 consumption during the last 3 months of pregnancy may improve sensory, cognitive, and motor development in the fetus.

 

Foods

Fillets of oily fish contain up to 30 percent oil, but this figure varies. Whitefish, such as cod, contains high concentrations of oil in the liver but less oil overall. Oily fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids include anchovies, herring, sardines, salmon, trout, and mackerel.

 

There are other animal sources of omega-3 fatty acids which are eggs, especially those with "high in omega-3" written on the shell.

 

Vegetable-based alternatives to fish oil for omega 3 include:

Fish is not the only food source of omega-3 oils.

 

 

 

  

   hempseed
    perilla oil
    spirulina
    walnuts
    chia seeds
    radish seeds, sprouted raw
    fresh basil
    leafy dark green vegetables, such as spinach
    dried tarragon

    flax

 

A person who consumes a healthful, balanced diet should not need to use supplements.

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