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5 Reasons You Should Take Fish Oil Supplements

Fish Oils

Fish Oils are trendy in today’s culture.

It seems that everyone is recommending fish oil supplements for their much touted health benefits.

Why is fish oil recommended? From wikipedia:

“Fish oil is recommended for a healthy diet because it contains the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)”

The big question the average Joe has is:

What do fish oils do?

Here’s 5 Reasons you should supplement with fish oils:

(1) Lower Triglycerides – Lower concentrations of triglycerides (the form that fat is stored in the body) in the blood are known to be one of the benefits of fish oil supplementation.

(2) Helps Overcoming Depression – Fish oil supplementation effects serotonin levels and so is recommended to help overcome depression. Don’t depend solely on it however; serotonin levels are an effect not a cause. A chronic way of thinking results in the level of serotonin and a change in mental attitude and outlook is the only way to permanently and naturally overcome depression.

(3) Lower Blood Pressure – The following study shows that supplementing with fish oils lowers blood pressure significantly in people with hypertension. (Toft, Ingrid, et al. Effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on glucose homeostasis and blood pressure in essential hypertension.)

(4) Better than RitalinThis article states,

“Just six capsules a day of the naturally-occurring oil can vastly improve children’s behavior without any of the side-effects of Ritalin and related drugs.”

(5) Healthy Joints – Omega 3 from fish oils play a role in preventing and treating arthritis. When something goes wrong in the lubricating system between 2 bones, you’re in a world of pain. Supplement with fish oils to help ensure this never happens to you. As a bodybuilder preventing joint pain should be especially relevant.

You can pick up these fish oil capsules pretty much anywhere. However the are many sources of Omega 3:

  • salmon
  • herring
  • mackerel
  • anchovies
  • sardines
  • walnuts
  • flaxseed
  • beans
  • olive oil
  • winter squash

Enjoy and stay healthy!

Mark McManus

image credit: Nicholas Cheong

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  • Dan March 13, 2008, 2:31 pm

    Omega 3’s are really important and people should get them. I was just reading one of my favorite magazines the other day and this is just one study… but it was talking about how Omgea 3’s since they help to fight inflammation, then are not good for muscle growth.

    It was an interesting point and relevant to your post. I am still skeptical because again it was only one study. I think the magazine was Fitness RX.

  • Caveman March 13, 2008, 6:25 pm

    Another good post Mark. I’ve got to get my stuff squared away again and get back on track, reading your blog helps remind me of what I need to be doing.

    -Caveman

  • Mark McManus March 14, 2008, 6:17 am

    @ Dan – I’ve never heard of that. I’ll still be taking my fish oils;)

    @ Caveman – Thanks. I hope you get back at it.

    Mark

  • Enrique Chaves March 31, 2008, 12:41 pm

    For one thing, fishes, not just fish oil contain a myriad of vitamins and minerals that other meat products do not have. Firstly, calcium, which in fish meat by far surpass chicken, pig, and cow meat. Secondly, iron since the ocean is rich in algae and is commonly eaten by fish. Thirdly, high-density lipoproteins, which is by far superior since it is reputed to help digest and transport fatty acids to the liver.

    Take it from the Japanese who eat sushi. Just make sure that the meat is fresh :)

  • Jax April 9, 2008, 8:23 pm

    Hey Mark. Love your site. How much fish oil should I be taking? I see varying comments around web from 1g 3x/day …or even 2g 3x/day.

    Thanks!

  • Mark McManus April 12, 2008, 9:53 am

    Jax,
    1g, 3 times per day of fish oil is plenty.
    Mark

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  • Bo June 16, 2009, 1:38 am

    Exactly how much Omega 3 should be taken daily? Because to my understanding, different brands of fish oils contain different amounts of Omega 3 (depending on the quality).

  • Alex June 17, 2009, 9:09 am

    hey bro!! great article about fish oil supplement. thanks

  • Mark McManus June 18, 2009, 6:28 pm

    @Bo. I advise about 1000mg (1g) of actual omega 3 per day. For me, that’s 3 x 1000mg capsules of my omega 3,6 and 9 supplement.
    Mark

  • ste potter June 29, 2009, 9:46 pm

    same here mark. I was just gonna write about the relevance of omega 6 and 9. Taken on a regular basis they really do make a differance!

  • Angela January 7, 2010, 5:52 pm

    My daughter is 16, athletic. Our family has a history of strokes. Should I give her this supplement this young?