Health Benefits From Taking Fish Oil

By Diane Watkins

Health Benefits From Taking Fish Oil

Fish oil is known for providing many health benefits. Our blood, brain cells, and cholesterol levels are all recipients of the benefits of fish oil.

By Diane Watkins

OverviewSupplementing the diet with fish oil has many benefits. Our bodies need the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil for normal blood clotting and building cells in the brain, among other things. The human body cannot make omega-3 fatty acids; they must be present in our food. Supplementation with fish oil is a good way to ensure that enough omega-3 fatty acids are present for normal body functions and preventing disease.High CholesterolFish oil supplements are of benefit to people with high cholesterol. People who consume a diet high in fish oils tend to have increased beneficial HDL cholesterol levels and decreased triglycerides. Additionally, taking fish oil supplements reduces the unhealthy LDL cholesterol levels.High Blood PressureA diet supplemented with 3 grams of fish oil daily leads to a significant reduction in blood pressure in people with hypertension.Heart DiseaseDiets supplemented with fish oil help reduce the risk of atherosclerosis by reducing the development of plaque and clots that tend to clog arteries. Taking omega-3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil supplements reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, heart attacks, and stroke.ArthritisOmega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil reduces the inflammation in joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Fish oil supplements can help reduce the symptoms of arthritis, such as morning stiffness and joint tenderness, and help prevent further damage to cartilage.Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)People with ADHD could benefit from supplementing the diet with omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in fish oil. Children with low levels of omega-3 fatty acids have more learning and behavioral problems than those with normal levels. Supplementing their diets for a period of 3 months with fish oils led to improved scores in reading, spelling, and behavior.ResourcesreferenceUniversity of Maryland Medical Center: Omega-3 Fatty AcidsreferenceHarvard School of Public Health: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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