logo for natural-remedies-review.com





LEFT for natural-remedies-review.com
 

 Fish Oil
(Omega 3 Fatty Acids)



Three words summarize it all. Just take it.

In our reviews, we found over 2000 published research studies on the omega 3 fatty acids. The evidence is overwhelming on the positive benefits of fish oil.

If you are looking for the best form, omega-3 fatty acids are the absolute best choice. Only purchase from company that tells you the amount of EPA and DHA (types of omega-3 fatty acids) in their fish oil or omega-3 capsules.

Don't forget to add garlic to your list of daily supplements for heart health as well.

Bookmark and Share  


Table of Contents


Evidence of Benefits (Leaf rating system)

For additional comments on fish oil health benefits listed below, see our expanded description.
 
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects High Cholesterol (High triglycerides / Hypertriglyceridemia)
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Heart Disease / Coronary Arteries Disease (CAD) / Heart Attack (Myocardial Infarction or MI)
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Heart Failure / Sudden Death from Heart Failure
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Stroke
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Atrial Fibrillation / Arrhythmias
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) / (ADD)
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Dysmenorrhea / Menstrual Pain & Cramps
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Osteoporosis
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Depression & Anxiety Disorders
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA / Rheumatism)
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Asthma
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side EffectsEndometrial Cancer
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Colon Cancer
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects

Anorexia Nervosa / Eating Disorder

Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Autism (Severe)
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Low Birth Weight Infants
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Weight Loss / Obesity
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Arthritis / Osteoarthritis / Joint Pain
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Bipolar Disorder
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Breast Cancer
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Prostate Cancer
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) / Crohn's Disease / Ulcerative Colitis
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Psoriasis
Leaf Natural Remedies Herbal Review Benefits Side Effects Acne / Other Skin Conditions
Helpful
Diabetes / Insulin Sensitivity  - Enhances Insulin Sensitivity
Helpful Migraine Headaches

Suggested Benefits and Traditional Uses

  • age-related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • allergic rhinitis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • anxiety
  • atherosclerosis
  • atopic dermatitis
  • burns
  • cancer
  • chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Crohn's disease
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • dry eyes
  • dyslexia
  • eczema
  • glaucoma
  • hair loss
  • insomnia
  • hay fever
  • inflammation (generalized)
  • low birth weight infants
  • lung disease
  • Lyme disease
  • macular degeneration
  • menopause symptoms
  • osteoarthritis
  • schizophrenia
  • stomach ulcer
  • pre-eclampsia
  • Raynaud's syndrome
  • systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
  • ulcerative colitis

leaf plant logo section divider

Facts and Frequently Asked Questions

What is fish oil?

It contains a large amount of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) called omega-3 fatty acids. These are considered essential fatty acids because our body is unable to make it. The three main types of omega 3 fatty acids are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Fish oil contains mostly EPA and DHA. Flaxseed oil contains mostly ALA. Your body converts only a very small amount of ALA into EPA and DHA. It is EPA and DHA that your body can easily use.

Research studies clearly show that it is EPA and DHA that have the beneficial properties. As researchers have said "The type of omega-3 found in oily fish is the best kind. There's no question that EPA and DHA are vital for our hearts, brains and immune system." Avoid taking plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids such as those from flaxseed oil.

Although omega-3 fatty acids are important, omega-6 fatty acids are also required in proper proportion to avoid other health problems. Experts suggest keeping the balance of about 2 to 4 times of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids. Unfortunately, our current diet consists of more than 10 to 20 times of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids. Experts believe that this imbalance causes significant increase in inflammation-related diseases in North America.

Studies looking the dietary habits of people around the world showed that the Mediterranean diet has an excellent balance of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids and some omega-9 fatty acids. This diet has been proven to reduce heart disease and cancer.

What types of foods contain omega-3 Fatty Acids?

Fishes - Salmon, halibut, tuna, mackerel, lake trout, herring and sardines.

These fishes contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA. Typically 3.5 ounce of fish provides about 1 gram of omega-3 fatty acids.

Any comments from researchers and research studies?

Here what researcher R. Farah & Y. Glick had to say in his paper published in May 2008:

"...common Mediterranean dietary pattern has these characteristics: high consumption of fruits, vegetables, bread and other cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds, olive oil is an important monounsaturated fat source, dairy products, fish and poultry are consumed in low to moderate amounts, and relatively small amounts of red meat is eaten, eggs are consumed zero to four times a week and wine is consumed in low to moderate amounts."

A recent study has once again confirmed that people who closely follow 'the Mediterranean Diet' live longer than other Europeans and Americans and the incidence of heart disease in Mediterranean countries is lower than in the United States."

The latest studies published in the (very respected) journal Lancet showed that omega-3 fatty acids were better at reducing death from heart failure than prescription cholesterol lowering medication. Imagine that! This study, involving 6,975 patients and followed for 3.9 years, was randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled, the ultimate gold standard.

In a research paper published in 2006 by Y. Yamori, he said "that dietary factors were more important determinants of cardiovascular diseases than genetic factors." So, if heart disease "runs in your family", there is something you can do to reverse this. Take omega-3's supplements.


What are some of the symptoms you might expect to see if you are low in omega-3 fatty acids?

  • fatigue and tiredness
  • immune system problems
  • poor memory and concentration
  • skin problems like dry skin, psoriasis and hair loss
  • depression, mood swings, poor memory
  • blood circulation problems and poor circulation
  leaf plant logo section divider
 
Related Articles and Resources for Fish Oil

 
What are the Side Effects to Watch Out For?

What is the Dosage to Use?




Return to Health Conditions List
Selected References
Revised: April 20, 2013

back to top

Use the search box below to quickly find what you are looking for!

Home | What's New! | A-Z Herbs | A-Z Ailments | FAQ's | Sitemap | Privacy

footer for natural remedies page