“What are the Benefits of Fish Oil”.
The benefits of fish oil are many but first let me tell you how I got started on the benefits of fish oils and why you should take them.
I found out about the Benefits of Fish Oils from two guys who I highly recommend you start reading, Charles Poliquin & John Berardi. Both these guys are genius’s and have made a huge impact into my knowledge of Fitness & Nutrition. I can’t thank these guys enough.
Both also really opened up my eyes to the benefits of fish oil & “Mega Dosing” fish oils. It’s one thing taking 3 grams a day, but 20 grams +? Wow! But let me tell you, it works amazing!
Benefits Of Fish Oil*
Here is a list of the Benefits Of Fish Oil. Keep in mind this is not all of them, just the main ones.
Benefits Of Fish Oil :
1. Less Pain and Inflammation. Fish Oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids, particularly EPA, have a very positive effect on your inflammatory response. Through several mechanisms, they regulate your body’s inflammation cycle, which prevents and relieves painful conditions like arthritis, prostatitis, cystitis and anything else ending in “itis.”
2. Cardiovascular Health. Fish Oil, Omega 3 fatty acids have also been proven to work wonders for your heart and the miles and miles of arteries and veins that make up your cardiovascular system. They help to lower cholesterol, tryglicerides, LDLs and blood pressure, while at the same time increasing good HDL cholesterol. This adds years to your life expectancy.
3. Protection from Stroke and Heart Attack. When plaque builds up on arterial walls and then breaks loose, it causes what’s known as a thrombosis, which is a fancy way of saying clot. If a clot gets stuck in the brain, it causes a stroke and when it plugs an artery, it causes a heart attack. Research shows omega 3 fatty acids break up clots before they can cause any damage.
4. Better Brain Function and Higher Intelligence. Pregnant and nursing mothers can have a great impact on the intelligence and happiness of their babies by supplementing with fish oil. For adults, omega 3 improves memory, recall, reasoning and focus. You’ll swear you’re getting younger and smarter.
5. Less Depression and Psychosis. Making you smarter is not all omega 3 does for your brain. Psychiatry department researchers at the University of Sheffield, along with many other research studies, found that omega 3 fish oil supplements “alleviate” the symptoms of depression, bipolar and psychosis (Journal of Affective Disorder Vol. 48(2-3);149-55).
6. Lower Incidence of Childhood Disorders. Just to show how fish oil fatty acids leave nobody out, studies show that children (and adults) with ADD and ADHD experience a greatly improved quality of life. And those with dyslexia, dyspraxia and compulsive disorders have gotten a new lease on life thanks to omega 3 oils.
7. Reduction of Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancer. And finally, omega 3 fish oil has been shown to help prevent three of the most common forms of cancer – breast, colon and prostate. Science tells us that omega 3s accomplish this in three ways. They stop the alteration from a normal healthy cell to a cancerous mass, inhibiting unwanted cellular growth and causing apoptosis, or cellular death, of cancer cells.
The Benefits Of Fish Oil Are Numerous!
Here is an article by THE GURU Charles himself**
by Charles Poliquin
If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 40 years, you may not have heard the news: Fish oil is good for you. In fact, it’s one of the most beneficial supplements you can take because it influences so many aspects of heath and athletic performance. It has been well established, for example, in functional medicine research that supplemental fish oil offers benefits that range from neurological health to cardiovascular health to skin and eye health…well, you get the idea. But there’s much more to this story.
Most of the fish-oil studies have only looked at the long-term benefits of the essential oils EPA and DHA. While the beneficial results have been quite conclusive, within the past couple of years the acute effects of fish oil have finally begun to be brought to light. Most notably, these studies have focused on arterial stiffness and other measures of vascular function. As functional medicine expert Dr. Mark Houston lectured in his recent seminar on cardiovascular health at the Poliquin Strength Institute, these findings may impact clients who are concerned with both cardiovascular health and athletic performance.
The most recent study of note was just reported online in the March 2010 Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In this study, researchers in the UK tested 25 individuals for the short-term effects of adding 4.7 grams of EPA and DHA to a medium-fat meal. They found a reduction in post-prandial arterial stiffness – not within days or weeks, but within four hours or less! From a technical standpoint, the researchers suggested that this may have been due to an increase in a known vasodilator called nitric oxide (NO) that improves blood flow.1
Another study (from 2008) showed similar findings, that is, increases in endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), an enzyme that is used to produce nitric oxide.2 These results correlated with the 2010 study by studying the four-hour effects of adding EPA and DHA to a fatty meal. And a study published in the Journal of Nutrition in February 2008 by researchers from King’s College in London also found reductions in a stiffness index blood marker at six hours post-prandial.3
What does all this mean for heart health and athletes? For heart health, an increase in vasodilation is typically associated with a lowering of blood pressure. Blood pressure is an independent risk factor for heart attack, meaning that even if everything else looks good, if you have high blood pressure you are at an increased risk for a heart attack. High blood pressure also can affect the health of organs such as the brain, eyes and kidneys. There also may be implications related to atherosclerosis, blood clotting and even angiogenesis (the formation of new blood vessels).
On the performance side, most athletes have become aware of the benefits of nitric oxide as it relates to “the pump” and improved blood flow to working muscles. But the use of fish oil taken preworkout is a new concept. Interestingly, it’s been known for a long time that high-fat meals (with no omega-3s) increase arterial stiffness, so fish oil has been shown to not only reverse this effect but also improve vasodilation above baseline.
* Taken from http://ezinearticles.com/?7-Fish-Oil-Benefits-Proven-by-Research&id=415032
There are numerous benefits of fish oil, I hope this blog post helps you understand them.
I hope the benefits of fish oil blog post helps you.