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How Omega 3 fish oil helps keep your joints, heart and brain healthy

How Omega 3 fish oil helps keep your joints, heart and brain healthy

Omega 3 fatty acids: the basics

When we digest the oils and fats in our diet, our bodies break them down into fatty acid buildings blocks.  These building blocks then become nutrients that our bodies use in a wide range of ways to support our health and wellbeing.

Fatty acids are classified in two ways.  Firstly they are either non-essential, meaning our bodies can synthesise them; or essential, meaning we need to get them through our diets.

Secondly, they’re categorised according their chemical structure as either Omega 3, Omega 6 or Omega 9.  Our bodies need all three types of fatty acids. However, Western diets tend to be low in Omega 3, which is why Omega 3 fish oil supplements are so popular

Why Omega 3 fish oils are beneficial

Cold water fish such as mackerel, salmon and herring are some of the richest natural sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. If you don’t eat these types of fish regularly, you may want to consider getting your daily Omega 3 intake from a fish oil instead.

Omega 3 fish oils have been scientifically shown to have positive effects for several health conditions – especially those that include inflammation.  Some of the strongest evidence1,2 currently supports taking fish oil to help:

  • Support heart, circulatory and cardiovascular health
  • Balance cholesterol levels and maintain good HDL:LDL (good cholesterol to bad cholesterol) ratios
  • Maintain joint health – especially for the joint pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Support mood balance, brain health, plus normal learning and development in children
  • Maintain health and wellbeing in both the mother and baby during pregnancy

How to choose a good Omega 3 Fish Oil

Because Omega 3 fish oils have so much evidence behind them, most health supplement ranges include at least one fish oil product.  However, not all fish oils are alike, so it’s worth checking how the product you choose is sourced and produced.

Environmentalists are concerned about the effects of overfishing on worldwide fish populations. This means it’s important to check that the fish from which a fish oil was made were sustainably harvested.  Manufacturers generally tell you if this is the case on their labels – look for independent verification, such Friend of the Sea (www.friendofthesea.org) certification.

Additionally, pollution levels in some waters means it’s essential to check where your fish oil was sourced, and how it’s been purified.  Look for oils that are extensively tested for mercury and other heavy metals, and that meet or exceed international purity standards.

1http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/993.html
2http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/omega-3-fatty-acids-fact-sheet

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How Omega 3 fish oil helps keep your joints, heart and brain healthy

Fish oil (Omega 3) has positive effects for several health conditions – including inflammation, mood balance & brain health. Learn how to choose a good Omega 3 Fish Oil here.

Omega 3 fatty acids: the basics

When we digest the oils and fats in our diet, our bodies break them down into fatty acid buildings blocks.  These building blocks then become nutrients that our bodies use in a wide range of ways to support our health and wellbeing.

Fatty acids are classified in two ways.  Firstly they are either non-essential, meaning our bodies can synthesise them; or essential, meaning we need to get them through our diets.

Secondly, they’re categorised according their chemical structure as either Omega 3, Omega 6 or Omega 9.  Our bodies need all three types of fatty acids. However, Western diets tend to be low in Omega 3, which is why Omega 3 fish oil supplements are so popular

Why Omega 3 fish oils are beneficial

Cold water fish such as mackerel, salmon and herring are some of the richest natural sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. If you don’t eat these types of fish regularly, you may want to consider getting your daily Omega 3 intake from a fish oil instead.

Omega 3 fish oils have been scientifically shown to have positive effects for several health conditions – especially those that include inflammation.  Some of the strongest evidence1,2 currently supports taking fish oil to help:

  • Support heart, circulatory and cardiovascular health
  • Balance cholesterol levels and maintain good HDL:LDL (good cholesterol to bad cholesterol) ratios
  • Maintain joint health – especially for the joint pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis
  • Support mood balance, brain health, plus normal learning and development in children
  • Maintain health and wellbeing in both the mother and baby during pregnancy

How to choose a good Omega 3 Fish Oil

Because Omega 3 fish oils have so much evidence behind them, most health supplement ranges include at least one fish oil product.  However, not all fish oils are alike, so it’s worth checking how the product you choose is sourced and produced.

Environmentalists are concerned about the effects of overfishing on worldwide fish populations. This means it’s important to check that the fish from which a fish oil was made were sustainably harvested.  Manufacturers generally tell you if this is the case on their labels – look for independent verification, such Friend of the Sea (www.friendofthesea.org) certification.

Additionally, pollution levels in some waters means it’s essential to check where your fish oil was sourced, and how it’s been purified.  Look for oils that are extensively tested for mercury and other heavy metals, and that meet or exceed international purity standards.

1http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/993.html
2http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/omega-3-fatty-acids-fact-sheet
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