Fish oil is a food source that contains omega-3 fatty acids. Many functions can be given by omega-3 for muscle activity to cell growth. Omega-3 is not produced by the human body. Fish oil contains two types of omega-3 namely DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid). Foods containing DHA and EPA are fatty fish such as salmon, shellfish. Besides that, it can also be found in other omega-3s ALA (Alpha-linolenic Acid) in nuts, seeds and vegetable oils.
Benefits of Fish Oil
Fish oil has several benefits that have been proven through research.
Heart Disorders Research shows that consuming foods containing fish oil twice a week can reduce the risk of heart disease. Taking fish oil supplements for six months is proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and death in someone who is at risk of developing heart disease. In addition, research also shows that the risk of lower heart failure is found in someone with high EPA levels. High blood pressure Some studies say that there is a decrease in blood pressure in people who consume fish oil supplements. There is other evidence to show that the effect is greater for people with moderate to severe high blood pressure. High Triglyceride and Cholesterol Levels There is strong evidence from research that omega-3 can significantly reduce blood triglyceride levels. Omega-3 can also change cholesterol profiles such as reducing bad cholesterol levels and increasing good cholesterol levels. Arthritis Research shows that fish oil supplements can help reduce pain, reduce stiff sensations in the morning and relieve joint pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis).
What is the safe dose of Omega-3?
The American Heart Associate recommends that a safe dose for taking fish oil supplements is up to 3 grams. Consult with your doctor if you will consume more doses than that.
Side Effects of Omega-3
Taking omega-3 supplements with excessive doses can cause side effects such as bad breath, indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, rash and bleeding.