FISH OILS - the colder the water the better the oil in the fish

FISH OILS  - the colder the water the better the oil in the fish

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What is fish oil? Lets look at the different categories of fatty acids . . . 


Vegetable oils contain polyunsaturated fatty acids called Omega–6,

yet fish contains a polyunsaturated fatty acid called Omega–3. 

 

Both these different types of Omega’s have different affects on the body.  Omega-3s come in a variety of potencies with the two most effective ones being EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA’s (docosahexanoic acid). 

 

Where is it found? EPA’s and DHA’s are found in cold-water fish such as salmon, trout, mackerel, and tuna

 

Why is it needed? Omega- 3s boost immunity and assist in the regulation of blood pressure and blood clotting. 

 

What conditions has it been used to treat? Omega-3s make the blood platelets less likely to stick together and for this reason they have been found to be effective in reducing the risk of  heart attacks.  They also appear to lower levels of triglycerides and there is  research being carried out to see if they are effective at lowering blood pressure. 

 

Primary: After angioplasty surgery, where a balloon is inserted into a blocked artery and then inflated, thus compressing plaque build-up with the benefit of widening the artery and improving blood flow. Taking Omega-3s after surgery has proven effective as they prevent re-blockage of the arteries

Raynauds disease.

 

Secondary: Inflammatory conditions like joint problems, lupus, and psoriasis.  Crohn’s disease and those with rheumatoid arthritis seems to benefit greatly from taking Omega-3’s.  Fish oils have also been used to treat depression; correct dyslexia and to ease menstrual cramps.

 

How much is normally taken? For rheumatoid arthritis take 6000 mg a day and 5000mg for inflammatory bowel disease.  For heart disease, Raynauds disease, lupus and psoriasis take 3000 mg of fish oil. Take the total amount in divided doses. It is always better to eat oily fish if you are trying to prevent heart disease rather than take supplements, so eat the right fish up to three times a week.

 

Are there any contraindications or side effects? Diabetics should not take more than 2000 mg of fish oil a day as some research found that fish oil hinders effective sugar-level control.  Those with high triglyceride levels who also had elevated LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels are warned to take care as fish oils can increase LDL levels.  Taking garlic capsules usually reverses the effect.  It is not uncommon to experience belching, flatulence and bloating when on fish oil.  With very high dosages you may experience slight nausea or a fishy body odour.  Do not take 2 days before surgery or if you have a blood disorder and are on anticoagulants as Omega 3 oils inhibit blood clotting. 

 

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