(Omega 3 Fatty Acids)
Three words summarize it all. Just take
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
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
list of daily supplements for heart health as well.
Evidence of Benefits
rating system)For additional comments on fish oil health benefits listed below, see our expanded description.
and Frequently Asked Questions
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
Research studies clearly show that it is EPA and
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.
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.
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?
- 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
Any comments from researchers and
Here what researcher R. Farah & Y. Glick
had to say in his paper published
in May 2008:
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
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
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."
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
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
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
- depression, mood swings, poor memory
- blood circulation problems and poor circulation
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