The benefits of fish oil in the human diet have been evident for a long time, and early evidence showing a link between human brain development and closeness to water sources point to the importance of the essential omega 3 fatty acids to a healthy diet.
We get fish oil either directly when we eat fish or from a top quality omega 3 supplement or cod liver oil. The natural sources in the diet include oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and tuna.
Among the health benefits of having a good intake of the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil it seems are better brain concentration, a lower risk of developing heart disease and improved eye health.
The human body is not very efficient at producing the key fatty acids, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are linked to many of the beneficial outcomes for our health and wellness. Fish oil is a very rich source of these fatty acids, and so taking them directly in our diet can have significant benefits.
One area of interest is the balance between omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids in our body, and how in recent years this balance has shifted in a way which does not contribute to wellness. While plant food is rich in omega 6, our bodies need good sources of omega 3 to restore a more favourable balance, and this is where fish oil can play an important role.
Fish seems to have a positive impact in heart health and studies have looked at the impact of taking fish oil on coronary heart disease, on the odds of suffering heart attacks, as well as how it can affect blood pressure, blood clotting and palpitations.
The role of fish oil in managing cholesterol and blood triglyceride levels is another keenly studied area of research, along with how omega 3 supplements can interact with pharmaceuticals like statins.
Do the two essential fatty acids DHA and EPA play a positive role in mental health issues, such as depression, psychotic disorders and in mothers, post-partum depression? A lot of work has been done to look at how omega 3 marine oil affects baby development, the likelihood of pre-term birth, as well as lengthening pregnancy term and pre-eclampsia.
On this site we aim to look at the latest work on the above areas as well as the role of fish oil in children’s allergies and in arthritis and other chronic conditions. Side effects eating fish is an area of concern, particularly given the way pollutants and toxins in the oceans can get into the food chain.
We hope you find the informational updates we provide here of help when you consider including fish and fish oil supplements as part of your healthful diet and goal of achieving greater wellness and balance in your life.