Fish oils are known as essential fatty acids (EFA’s). They are called essential fats because as humans, we are unable to make them. We need to obtain these EFA’s through diet and supplements:
Numerous scientific studies suggest that omega 3 oils may provide some benefits to a wide range of diseases including:
- Reduce pain and inflammation
- Help heart health
- Important in pregnancy and lactation
- Reduce incidence of common cancers
- Helpful with brain development
- Helpful at reducing inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis
- Depression and mood disorders
Fish oils are composed of 2 active main components:
- Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
- Eicosapentanoic Acid (EPA)
Symptoms of EFA deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation. Fish oil has been shown to increase good cholesterol (HDL), decrease bad cholesterol (LDL) as well as reducing blood pressure, atherosclerosis, triglycerides and heart rate.
Dr. Alene Falomo, ND
The information above is intended for informational purposes only and not for diagnosis or treatment recommendations. Always consult with your health care provider if this is suitable for you.