Fish oil: what it is for and benefits

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The popularity of consuming fish oil is due to its high content of omega 3, a fatty acid that is a protector of cardiovascular health. However, there is a great disparity of opinions about the properties and benefits of fish oil on our health. Furthermore, there are notable discrepancies between the theoretical studies and the clinical trials. In any case, it should be considered as a dietary supplement and never as a substitute for any food or as a medicine itself. It is a dietary supplement widely consumed worldwide, just behind vitamins and minerals.

What is fish oil for?

The dietary supplement of fish oil is extracted from the fat of blue fish such as: tuna, herring, mackerel, sardine, salmon or trout. The consumption of this type of fish is considered essential for our body due to its contribution of omega 3 fatty acids and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are essential for cardiovascular health. Omega-3 also has anti-inflammatory properties that benefit those suffering from diseases related to arteriosclerosis and rheumatism. It also provides docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is attributed the ability to reduce the level of triglycerides.

The combination of these acids is supposed to strengthen the veins and arteries, in addition to helping to keep the blood free of clots, which is why they are considered a way to prevent thrombosis, strokes and strokes, as well as a treatment to reduce blood pressure. However, it has more benefits and is used to improve more aspects of our health.

Properties of fish oil

Fish oil is attributed amazing properties, especially if it is consumed directly, including the consumption of blue fish in our diet at least twice a week. The properties of this food supplement are given thanks to its composition. These are the main components of fish oil:

  • High content of omega 3 and omega 6.

  • Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA).

  • Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

  • Vitamins A, B, C, E and D.

In addition, in the case of dietary supplements in capsules, the vitamin index is usually increased and, in some cases, some minerals are added, such as zinc, iron and / or magnesium.

Thus, thanks to this nutritional composition, these are the main properties of fish oil:

  • Cardioprotector

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Hypotensive

  • Anticoagulant

  • Lipid lowering

  • Skin hydration

  • Healing

  • Stimulates defenses

Fish oil benefits

The benefits of fish oil are varied, especially thanks to omega, EPA and DHA fatty acids. Thus, fish oil is attributed, among others, the following benefits:

  • Reduces the possibility of heart disease.

  • It reduces the risk of suffering diseases related to the coronary arteries.

  • It improves the general health of the heart and prevents changes in its rhythm.

  • By lowering blood pressure, it helps regulate hypertension.

  • It helps as prevention of thrombosis, strokes and strokes.

  • It improves the stiffness of the joints in diseases such as arthritis and rheumatism.

  • It has an anti-inflammatory effect, so it helps to reduce internal inflammations when taking it, but also on the skin or external ones when applying it.

  • Helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels.

  • Helps reduce triglyceride levels.

  • It is beneficial in helping to balance blood glucose (diabetes).

  • Its high oleic content favors the hydration of the skin and other tissues.

  • Its topical application improves skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, and facilitates healing.

  • Improves the appearance of skin and hair.

  • It helps improve the immune system, that is, it stimulates the defenses, so it is used to prevent conditions, such as colds, and to facilitate the effect of some medical treatments.

How to take fish oil

The most effective way to take fish oil is by incorporating the consumption of blue fish in our diet, at least twice a week. Another way to consume fish oil is through dietary supplements that can be obtained at any pharmacy.

  • You can find fish oil capsules with different levels of concentration. There are also formulations from different types of fish and with other added ingredients, such as vitamin complexes.

  • You can buy fish oil in a bottle or a dark or brown glass jar, as it will spoil when exposed to light for a long time. In this case, generally, you take one tablespoon daily, up to a maximum of 3, either directly or mixed with other foods.

Contraindications of fish oil

There are few contraindications to fish oil. Among those who should not take it, at least without the control of a doctor who prescribes it, we find:

  • Those who cannot consume fish due to some problem of intolerance or allergy.

  • Those who take anticoagulant medications.

  • People taking cholesterol-lowering medications.

  • Patients taking blood pressure medications.

In any case, it is always advisable to consult a professional before including any supplement in our diet.

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