by Amy Dendas
Fish oil is, well, oil from fish! It is has been found to be very important for health, including:
- heart function
- nervous system function
- brain development
- immune health
Why you need Omega-3s
Research shows that low consumption (and blood levels) of Omega-3s is associated with memory loss, difficulty concentrating, Alzheimer’s disease and other mood problems. Cells in the human body have a fatty membrane outer layer. It regulates what gets into and out of the cell. The more Omega-3s in a diet, the better the regulation of neurochemicals such as serotonin can be transmitted more easily.
(Side Note: Eating too many bad fats (saturated fats-which are solid at room temperature) will cause these membranes to become more rigid, and stuff can’t get through.
Cells also require these good fats for repair and regeneration.
With lots of omega-3s, muscle cells become more sensitive to insulin, while fat cells decrease! This may mean that the body can divert more nutrients to muscle tissue. When it comes to fat intake, you (and your cells) really are what you eat. Years of research has linked lower fat diets with aggression, depression, and suicidal thoughts. We can’t make omega-3 fatty acids in our bodies, so we need to get them from our diets.
Other Benefits of Omega-3s:
Fish oils act as an anti-inflammatory. They also aid in joint health and are integral skin health.
- Aim for 3-9 daily grams of total fish oil per day. Omega-3 fats are not typically used in processed foods because of their tendency to oxidize.
- If you are on blood thinning medication it may not be safe to take fish oils so as always, consult your doctor.