What Fish Oil Does For Your Health?

What Fish Oil Does For Your Health?

What Fish Oil does for your Health

Fish oil can work wonders, from preventing inflammatory diseases to reducing the stroke risk in people with heart disease. Fatty fish has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential nutrients that the body can’t make on its own. Fish with the highest amount of omega-3 fatty acids include cold-water fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, sardines, halibut and mackerel. You can obtain fish oil by eating these fish or consuming supplements.

The Omega-3-fatty acids are known to reduce inflammation through out the body. As we all know systemic inflammation (inflammation affecting whole body) is the primary causative factor and aggravating factor as well, for many chronic diseases like heart stroke, diabetes, dementia and cancer.

The significant benefit of the fish oil is reducing the platelet activity. Platelets are blood clotting cells. These cells prevent excessive bleeding. If platelets are over active they will cause plaque (fibrous material) formation in the walls of blood vessels which narrows them. Platelets also cause blood clots. If the blood vessels, say artery is narrowed due to plaque formation it is likely the blood clots get stuck in the artery and cause heart stroke.

Fish Oil reduces platelet activity and also increases blood cholesterol and helps in controlling heart stroke and related cardiac diseases like atherosclerosis, a disease of ageing that begins early in life.

Fish Oil is known to be effective in improving brain function. Deficiency in DHA, one of the Omega 3 fatty acids, is attributed for depression. In fact research proved that DHA improves memory and IQ. (Intelligent Quotient, a measure for intelligence and agility of brain to learn, understand, think and resolve complex issues). Thus Fish Oil is beneficial for general improvement of the intelligence apart from cure for ailments related to brain function which include, Alzheimer, dementia, depression, psychosis, etc. Fish Oil is known to prevent the mental disorder of inconsistent thought process.

Arthritis pains are best relieved by Fish Oil, as omega 3 fatty acids are used by human body to make a chemical, Resolvin D2 that reduces inflammation. Fish Oil is not a pain killer but on use over time reduces the inflammation giving relief from pain and stiffness caused by arthritis.

Fish oil intake decreases the amount of certain hormones in the blood. Estradiol is a hormone that nourishes cancer cells in the breast. Fish oil intake decreases the amount of estradiol in the blood. Thus Fish Oil is not only useful to treat breast cancer but also prevents breast cancer. Similarly, Omega3 fatty acids – EPA and DHA are found to be effective in blocking the conversion of Arachidonic acid into a hormone that nourishes cancer cells in the Prostate gland.

The EPA in the Omega3 fatty acids is very effective in controlling oil production in the skin. Excess oil in skin follicles causes skin diseases like acne, dandruff, eczema. Fish Oil is a curative for Psoriasis as well.

The anti inflammatory properties of Omega3 fatty acids in Fish Oil makes it a panacea for many chronic diseases/disorders. Also keeps the body and mind active and agile - Result Well being.

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad