Are fish oil supplements just some sort of snake oil sold to cure all kinds of health problems? Can it really help you have healthy blood pressure, a healthy heart, brain, joints and skin?
Let's take a look at some of the known benefits of taking fish oil (omega-3) supplements. I can speak from personal experience as we (my husband, Larry and I) have used a quality fish oil (omega-3) supplement for over 25 years.
Larry's dad died at age 61 from a stroke and his mother had been on blood pressure medication for years. When Larry was diagnosed with high blood pressure at about age 28, we made the assumption it was strictly hereditary. We also assumed he would have to take blood pressure medication for the rest of his life.
As time went on and nutrition research facts were made available to the public, we realized there were nutrition changes and supplements that might be beneficial in controlling high blood pressure.
Cooking with more garlic and less salt was one of the first things we started doing. Larry also started taking garlic and calcium supplements. Those 2 things alone made some difference but he still needed medication as his readings were running about 150/100 even on medication.
When he was about 44 years old we learned about a quality fish oil (omega-3) supplement that might be helpful in controlling his blood pressure. He started taking 3 capsules a day and continued monitoring his blood pressure on a weekly basis. At the end of 3 months, his blood pressure readings dropped to about 120/70. He was able to stop the medication completely.
Larry's mother and step-dad also had a similar experience with their blood pressure readings after taking a quality fish oil (omega-3) supplement.
Almost 8 years ago at age 63, Larry was experiencing chest pain after minor activity. Like a good wife should, I made an appointment for him to see his doctor. His doctor scheduled an angiogram for the next day. Long story short, Larry had major blockages in his heart.
The doctor immediately scheduled him for 4-way bypass surgery because one of the main arteries had 99% blockage, a minor artery was 100% blocked, and 2 others were over 80% blocked.
The heart doctors were amazed Larry had not had a heart attack and on top of that, they said if he would have had a heart attack he would not have lived through it.
That is where the quality fish oil (omega-3) supplements came into the picture. Despite all the blockages, Larry's blood was healthy and slick enough to keep flowing. The surgeon said his heart was healthy and there was no permanent damage.
Other benefits of taking a good quality fish oil (omega-3) supplement:
- · Nourishes the heart, brain, joints, eyes, blood vessels, nerves, and skin.
- · Reduces inflammation that contributes to arthritis, psoriasis, menstrual pain, and inflamed bowel.
- · Important for the development of infant's brain and eyes.
- · Slows aging of the brain.
- Slows the growth of cancerous tumors.
- · Works in the prevention of asthma.
You may be asking why Larry had so much heart blockage since he was using a good quality fish oil (omega-3) supplement. We are not certain of that answer however we do contribute much of it to stress.
We contribute the quality fish oil to saving his life. It helped prevent blood clots and made the blood slicker causing it to flow more smoothly. Omega-3 fish oils do not act as a blood thinner but makes the blood healthier so it can do its job.
Not all fish oil (omega-3) supplements are created equal. Some things to look for when choosing a fish oil supplements:
· Check the safety – is it from fish health-screened for human consumption and guaranteed toxin free?
· Is it standardized and stabilized with all eight members of the omega-3 fatty acid family? The eight members being: ALA – SDA – ETA(3) – ETA – EPA – HPA – DPA – DHA. All eight members must be present in order for any one member to function properly and provide the benefits.
· Is there any hidden vitamins A or D?
· Is it taken from the first catch of the net? Many are made from what is left over from the restaurant industry or worse yet the oils left over from the fertilizer industry?
· Does a daily serving contain at least 460 mg EPA, 480 mg DHA, 50 mg DPA, and 80 mg of the remaining members of the omega-3 fatty acid family?
Here is a recap of some recent studies using a fish oil supplement that meets the above standards.
· Reduced cardiovascular disease risk factors and lowered risk of developing inflammation.
· Lowers triglycerides.
· Improved anti-inflammatory omega-3 to omega-6 balance.
· Reduced risk of sudden death heart attack.
Yes, you can get your omega-3 from eating fish but who eats fish more than once or twice a week if even that. There is also the problem of getting fish that is free of toxins or contaminants. Quality fish oil (omega-3) supplements are a healthy choice in taking care of your health.
We are thankful we made that choice about 28 years ago.
To your Best Real Health
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