Recent headlines have led to confusion about fish oil (omega-3) supplements. Are fish oil supplements just some sort of snake oil sold to cure all kinds of health problems? Hopefully I can answer some of the questions about the health benefits of fish oil (omega-3) supplements and also questions about what to look for when purchasing a quality fish oil.
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 20 years.
Larry's dad died at age 61 from a stroke and his mother had been on blood pressure medication for years so when Larry was diagnosed with high blood pressure at about age 28, we made the assumption that it was strictly hereditary and 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 was one of the first things we tried. 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 and he was able to stop the medication completely. Larry's mother and step-dad also had a similar experience with their blood pressure readings and taking a quality fish oil (omega-3) supplement.
Larry at top of Sentinel Dome in Yosemite – July 2011
Almost 5 years ago at age 64, 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 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. Praise God!
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.
· 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 because it helped prevent blood clots and made the blood slicker so it flowed more smoothly. Omega-3 fish oils do not act as a blood thinner but makes the blood healthy so it can do its job.
Not all fish oil (omega-3) supplements are created equal. Some things to look for in your 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 what is not used by 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, increased omega-3 values in red blood cell membranes, and lowered the tendency of developing inflammation.
· Lowers the triglyceride level which is an indicator of cardiovascular and other disease risks.
· 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 24 years ago.
To your Best Real Health
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