In our previous article, we did a review of Fish Oil and I promised to discuss the health benefits of fish oil. We discussed the two important family members of omega-3s (EPA and DHA).
Now let’s look at what are the health benefits of EPA and DHA. I know most of you know these benefits but I am going to include rare know health benefits of EPA and DHA.
So let me just come to point rather than boring you. Here are few benefits with the in-depth explanation.
Now you must be thinking Oh c’mon I know about this. I request you to hold on. Do you know that fish oil could maximize the effect of antidepressants and could improve mood in people who don’t respond well to antidepressants?
Also in a research, it was found that fish oil could be a nootropic which is a substance that can enhance cognition and memory. Hope this was something which was not known to you.
Yes for our bodybuilder who is lifting heavy weights. It does a job of lubricating joints which as a result helps us to avoid injuries and pain.
I know this is almost everyone’s favorite topic. Yes, it is true fish oil when consumed regularly with a clean diet and regular exercise could speed up the weight loss process.
Lowers triglyceride levels
Triglyceride aka blood fat having a high level of this could put you at risk of heart disease. Omega-3s can raise HDL (the "good") cholesterol levels and can cause a major reduction in triglycerides by 15% to 30% if consumed regularly. Also, it prevents blood clotting by not letting blood platelets clump together.
Prevents autoimmune diseases.
Autoimmune is nothing but a condition in our body where the immune system mistakes healthy cells for foreign cells and starts attacking them. E.g. rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile and (type 1) diabetes etc. Omega-3s can help fight some of these diseases
Reduces Fat in Liver.
Yes, a regular supplement of omega-3s fatty acids has been shown to reduce liver fat and inflammation.
Improves the quality of sleep.
If you are someone who is suffering from sleep disorder or deprivation. Then is something you should consider having. Studies have shown sleep deprivation could result in many diseases like obesity and diabetes etc. Low levels of DHA have also been linked to lower levels of the hormone melatonin, which helps you fall asleep. Research has shown supplement omega-3s can increase length as well as the quality of sleep in both children and adults.
Hydration of Skin.
Do you know that DHA is a structural component of the skin which make up a large part of the Skin? DHA is responsible for the health of these membranes. So if you are looking for soft moist and wrinkle free skin you should start including these fish oil in your diet. Also EPA in Omega-3s acts as a sunscreen for your skin.
Omega-3s during Pregnancy
Omega-3s plays a vital role in brain growth and development in infants. Supplementing enough omega-3s during pregnancy has shown several benefits for the child which are as follows:
1. Reduces risk of developmental delay.
2. Decreased risk of autism
3. Higher intelligence
4. No behavioral problems.
5. Will have better communication.
6. Better Eyesight.
This is because DHA constitutes 40 % of PUFAs i.e. polyunsaturated fatty acids and almost 60% in the retina of the eye. This it self-explains why omega-3s are vital.
There are several other benefits which are as follows:
1. Reduces Arthritis Pain
2. Carries Anti-Inflammatory Properties
3. Improves Fertility
4. Improves Immunity and Metabolic Rate
5. It Shields you against Pollution acting as a sunscreen
6. It reduces Pregnancy Complications
7. Controls Blood Pressure
8. Prevents Cardiovascular Diseases
At Oye Gabruu (OG) we encourage people to get the nutrients from food rather than from supplements. Try to eat fish which is high in EPA and DHA at least 2-3 times.
If possible try to include one of these fish in your diet.
If you are unable in that case you can go for a supplement. However before buying Read the label and choose a supplement that contains 500 mg of EPA and DHA per 1,000 mg of fish oil. If not go for supplements which contain up to 300 mg of EPA and DHA and which are tested and verified by a third party to ensure it’s purity.
So that’s all for now. If you found this article helpful then please do comment and share it with your friends and family.
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