Omega 3 benefits – why you should be consuming fish oil
Fish oil contains omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids can be obtained from two primary omega 3 foods, notably seafood and certain nut and plant oils. Fish oil contains two omega 3 fatty acids of note: epa and dha. And after many years of research, the evidence suggests that regular consumption of fish/fish oil and omega 3 foods provide many health benefits, primarily for the heart and heart function. More specifically, omega 3 benefits include:
- Reduced blood pressure
- Reduced heart rate (in those with high resting heart rates)
- Regression in signs of atherosclerosis i.e. those with coronary artery disease
- Anti-arrhythmic (arrhythmia is an issues with the rate/rhythm of the heart)
- Decreased risk of thrombosis
What to do? Try to include at least two servings of oily fish per week to get the health promoting effects of omega 3 benefits, such as Mackerel, Salmon or Sardines, within an already varied diet. Eat more (up to four portions, if possible, so that you don’t have to take an omega 3 supplement!). On days or weeks when you can’t/don’t consume fish, consider taking one omega 3 fish oil capsule (with food) after breakfast or lunch, of perhaps 750mg or 1000mg in size, and take steps toward preserving your heart health and reaping the benefits of omega 3.
Ps. I get mine from MyProtein, a very reputable brand that often has discounts on many of their products. Alternatively, a local health food shop will be able to supply you a suitable fish oil supplement.