According to the World Health Organization, about 1/3 of all deaths are connected with cardiovascular diseases. There is a product that helps to prevent them — fish oil. Fish oil contains irreplaceable fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 that help keep our heart and vessels healthy.
Bright Side decided to find out more information about our body and learned about some amazing effects fish oil can have if we take it regularly.
1. The risk of having heart disease will decrease.
The enumeration of the healthy properties of fish oil always starts with its positive effect on the level of cholesterol in the body — the amount of “harmful” cholesterol drops. The fatty omega-3 and omega-6 acids that fish oil contains decrease the risk of heart disease because the level of triglycerides drops, the appearance of plaque on the insides of the arteries dissipates, and blood pressure decreases.
2. Thinking will become quicker and more flexible.
Omega-3 contains DHA or docosahexaenoic acid that keeps the cell membranes healthy and strengthens the connections of nerve cells. These reasons allow us to use fish oil as a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Numerous studies have also shown that fish oil stimulates the brain function, and improves reaction time, higher brain functions, and the speed of making decisions.
3. The immune system will improve.
In many countries, polyunsaturated acids are added to regular foods like butter or margarine. The thing is, this is an additional source of the omega-3 contained in fish oil, and it stimulates the production of prostaglandins. They make the immune system stronger and help the body deal with infection.
4. Stamina will improve.
Michael Hutchinson in his book, Faster: The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World’s Fastest Cyclists, writes that the only thing he is 100% sure of is that fatty acids, omega-3, and fish oil really work.
Scientists confirm this: after taking these nutrients regularly, the body starts using the fat during long workouts saving the storage of glycogen for more difficult exercises. This increases the time an athlete can exercise.
5. The risk of motor skill problems will decrease.
In the middle of the last century, it was noticed that people who live near the sea and eat fish have joint pains less often. This is because joints need fat: without fat, the joint tissues lose the elasticity which eventually leads to injuries. Of course, fish oil is not very effective at treating arthritis but it’s definitely great for preventing this problem.
6. You will restore energy quicker after workouts.
During studies where the participants had to estimate the effect of taking omega-3 acids, they claimed that the number of inflammatory processes and the intensity of muscle pains after workouts was reduced.
Experiments on muscles showed that polyunsaturated fatty acids are able to protect nerve cells from injuries and prevent their death. All this supports the fact that taking fish oil regularly won’t make you superman, but will definitely help you to train more often and with higher intensity.
7. It will be easier to deal with stress.
Polyunsaturated acids can increase the production of serotonin, the hormone responsible for good moods. So, it will be easier for you to deal with stress. In some cases, fish oil is even prescribed to children with hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit.
According information from a research study, fish oil can even have a positive influence on people with schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.
8. Your eye pressure will decrease.
Doctors can prescribe fish oil for people who have glaucoma. The thing is, the fatty acids help to remove the eye fluid which results in lower eye pressure. Of course, fish oil can’t be taken as a full-fledged cure, but many researchers still think that additional sources of omega-3 can be a way to prevent eye problems.
9. You will have an additional source of vitamins and minerals.
Fish oil also contains a whole set of minerals and vitamins. The vitamins may vary depending on the type of fish and many other factors, so fish oil can’t be taken as a multi-vitamin.
However, fish oil as an additional source of vitamins A and D can help you get rid of brittle hair and absorb calcium and phosphorus. Historically, using fish oil was prescribed for those who were lacking vitamin D and it used to be prescribed for children to prevent rickets.
10. Your skin will look healthy.
Fish oil has a positive influence on skin because omega-3 acids can store collagen — the elastic foundation of our skin that prevents the appearance of wrinkles. Age and constant stress decrease the amount of collagen which makes the skin dry.
An additional source of polyunsaturated fatty acids can also help with acne. Among all fatty acids, omega-3 has the strongest immunomodulatory effect that speeds up healing.
11. It will be easier to stick to a diet.
During research, scientists found that taking fish oil regularly decreases the appetite and creates the sensation of being full after eating.
Also, some scientists think that an additional source of omega-3 increases the ability of the body to break down fats. So, instead of storing the fats, the body will use them as a source of energy for everyday activity. The most important thing to remember about fish oil is that it has a lot of calories.
12. Your breast size will increase
Research shows that polyunsaturated fats can increase the breast size. You can eat olive oil, dry beans, tofu, or seaweed, or simply take cod liver oil. This is a natural way to make breasts grow.
Bonus: Which type of fish oil should you choose?
The first thing you need to consider when choosing fish oil is what it’s made of. Most of the time, fish oil is made from cod liver — this is the simplest and the cheapest way. But it’s definitely not the best one. The liver has a lot of toxins and harmful metabolites.
Fish oil made of the meat and the muscle of the fish is much more beneficial. It’s best if fish like salmon were used to make it.
- In order to get the effect and not harm the body, you need to know how to take fish oil correctly. You need to have a clear goal for taking it and read about the possible complications. Also, consult a doctor.
- Don’t take fish oil if you are allergic to fish, or if you have thyroid, liver, urinary, or digestive problems. Also, don’t take it during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
- In order to strengthen the immune system and prevent illnesses, it’s enough to take the nutrient for 1-3 months at the end of fall or in the winter. If you do a lot of physical activity, you can increase the dose. The best time to take it is while eating or right after.