Fish Oil and Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Fish oil should be an essential part of your basic nutrition planWhen it comes to fat, omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil is one type of fat you don’t want to cut back on.

They are 2 crucial types of healthy fats — EPA and DHA — that are primarily found in the fish oil derived from certain fish.

Not only does your body need these fish oil fatty acids to function, but also they deliver some big health benefits.

Omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil support the body’s ability to: 1.) Lower elevated triglyceride levels to reduce the risk for heart disease, 2.) Curb stiffness and joint pain, 3.) Lower levels of depression, 4.) Promote visual and neurological development and function, 5.) Improve mental skills, like thinking, remembering, learning, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Two new studies report that regular consumption of omega-3-rich food could prevent age-related cognitive decline.

 Study 1:  Alzheimer’s Disease.
The first study, led by researchers from the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment.

Method: Longitudinal assessment of 210 men without Alzheimer’s disease, collecting dietary data via crosscheck dietary histories in 1990, when the subjects were 70-89 years old. Cognitive function was assessed using the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE).

Conclusion: Less cognitive decline when taking 400 mg of Omega-3 fatty acids.
The authors conclude that over a period of five years, consumers of approximately 400 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – per day had less cognitive decline than those who consumed only about 20 milligrams per day

Study 2:  Cognitive Decline
A second study from the University of North Carolina used a prospective design to investigate the potential benefits of omega-3 levels in the blood with cognitive decline in 2,251 white adults (average age 57 at baseline).

Method: Blood fatty acid concentrations were measured in all subjects at the start of the study and correlated with cognitive function assessed 3 and 9 years later, assessing verbal learning, recent memory, psychomotor performance, linguistic impairment, and global cognition.

Conclusion: Greater levels of omega-3 fatty acids may prevent decline in verbal fluency.
After adjusting for potential confounding factors, the researchers report that global cognitive decline was not associated with omega-3 blood levels at baseline, but a subgroup analysis examining specific types of cognitive decline found that greater blood omega-3 fatty acid levels may prevent a decline in verbal fluency. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, volume 85, pages 1142-1147 and volume 85, pages 1103-1111)

Where You Can Get Omega 3 Fish Oils?

“Aim to eat fish high in DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids two to three times a week. These include: Anchovies, Bluefish, Herring, Mackerel, Salmon (wild has more omega-3s than farmed), Sardines, Sturgeon, Lake trout and Tuna.

IMPORTANT:  While eating more fatty fish is a good idea,
some are likely to have higher levels of mercury, PCBs, or other toxins.  

Farm-raised fish of any type may also have higher levels of contaminants (fish like wild trout and wild salmon are safer).  None the less, children and pregnant women should avoid these fish entirely. Everyone else should eat no more than 7 ounces of these fish a week.

Choosing and using Omega 3 fish oil supplements is often a better option – but, like eating the fish, unless you’re certain about the source, similar concerns exist. So, caution is advised. 1

One viable option is a professional grade, ultra-pure fish oil supplement named Quell.

It is a supercritical CO2 extracted oils in triglyceride form, manufactured in Germany. Quell Fish Oil is unique among other fish oils due to its supercritical extraction, purity, bioavailability and concentrations.

It is offered in fish-derived gelatin softgels.  The contamination, taste and smell of fish is significantly reduced due to the supercritical extraction. It contains an optimum 3:2 omega 3 ratio of EPA to DHA  plus 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 per one fish oil softgel.

Plus, it’s highly digestible and burpless, so you won’t have gas and that fishy after taste when using it to address this important aspect of a basic diet to support and promote your healthy body – Omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil

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