Fish Oil Benefits ---Let Me Count The Ways

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January 22, 2008 ,last updated September 17, 2013
By Susan M. Callahan, Associate Editor and Featured
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It all started in 1977.  Scientists studying Eskimos of Alaska
discovered a startling fact.  Inuit Indians (also known as
"Eskimos") had shockingly low rates of heart disease.

So began the discovery of the health benefits of oily fish.

Now, the benefits of fish oils have been well studied. There
are three well-known essential fatty acids including omega-
3, omega-6 and omega-9. Certain of these essential fatty
acids,we now know, are the anti-inflammatory substances in
all oily fish which protect us against heart disease and a host
of other diseases and conditions.

Essential fatty acids act upon receptors in almost every
single cell of our bodies, according to a 2012 study by Dr.  
Bill Lands of the National Institutes of Health entitled
"Consequences of Essential Fatty Acids". Of the three
essential fatty acids, omega-3 has been proven to have the
most wide-ranging beneficial effects on our health.

By studying bones and fossils, scientists have learned that
throughout most of our evolutionary history, we humans
existed on a diet that was equally rich in omega 6 and omega
3 fatty acids. The ration of omega-6 to omega-3 was 1:1.


However, in the past 100 years, we in the Western World
have started to consume massive amounts of omega 6 fatty
acids. Omega-6 is almosteverywhere in our diets, especially
in corn oil products and snacks. As a result, the ratio of
omega-6 to omega-3 has tilted from the ratio of 1:1 which
prevailed from evolutionary times to as much as 15:1,
according to a 2012 study from a research team led by Dr.
Nazanin Noori of The Harold Simmons Center for Chronic
Disease and Epidemiology.

The imbalance in favor of omega-6 --- and the low levels of  
omega-3 --- has been disastrous for our health, creating
staggering rates of heart disease other organic diseases such
as kidney and liver disease.

Conversely, in diets where the amount omega-3 is much
higher than omega-6, scientists have found lower rates of all
chronic organic diseases including heart disease, cognitive
decline and other debilitating conditions.

The moral of the story? Keep your levels of omega-3 fatty
acids high by eating enough salmon,, tuna, halibut and other
fish rich in omega-3s.

Here is a snapshot of the known benefits of fish oil.
























1.
Fish Oil Protects Your Heart. The American Heart
Association recommends that you eat at least 2 servings of
fish per week. The AHA recommends eating oily fish to both
prevent heart attacks and for those who have already
suffered heart attacks or have developed heart disease.

"We recommend eating fish (particularly fatty fish) at least two
times a week.  Fish is a good source of protein and doesn’t have
the high saturated fat that fatty meat products do.  Fatty fish like
mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon
are high in two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic
acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)"

Beginning with its pioneering study in 2002, the American
Heart Association recognized the following additional
benefits of eating oily fish:

decrease risk of arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden
cardiac death
decrease triglyceride levels
decrease growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque
lower blood pressure (slightly)

2.
Fish Oil Gives You Soft Skin.  Most of the evidence here is
anecdotal but significant. Fish oil can increase the softness of
skin.

3.
Fish Oil Fights Arthritis.  The Arthritis Foundation has
recognized fish oil as one of the Top 10 food supplements
helpful in combating
rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.

According to researchers at Harvard Medical School, omega-
3s significantly reduce joint pain and shorten the duration of
morning stiffness. Other studies, such as those reported in
the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, have shown that
increased levels of omega-3 fatty acids also have enabled
people taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
(NSAIDs) to reduce their dosage or discontinue use.

The Arthritis Foundation recommends adding "
about two 3-
ounce servings of seafood to your menu each week to
increase your levels of omega-3s and help decrease the
body’s inflammatory reaction. The highest levels of omega-
3 can be found in cold-water, fatty fish such as salmon,
trout, mackerel, tuna, sardines and herring."

4. Fish Oil Lowers Risk of Diabetes.  Fish oil increases the
amount of good cholestorol and helps to
reduce the amount
of bad cholestorol, increasing the ability of cells to take up
sugar from our blood, and this decreasing our risk of
developing diabetes.

5.
Fish Oil Stops Cravings. Many dieters report that fish oil
supplements help to curb cravings. One study on the effects
of eating oil before a meal found that the reason is that the
oil slows down the absorption of food at the start of the
small intestines, making us feel full sooner, and curbing
cravings.

6.
Fish Oil Calms Nerves. Fish oil helps to preserve the health
of your nervous system.

7.
Fish Oil Fights Alzheimer's Disease.  Greg Cole, professor
of medicine and neurology,  UCLA and associate director of
UCLA's Alzheimer Disease Research Center, conducted a
study that showed  that omega-3 fatty acid docosahexaenoic
acid (DHA), which is found in fish oil, raises the production
of LR11. LR11 is a protein which Alzheimer patients are
deficient in which destroys the plaques that Alzheimer's
needs to develop. The fish oil appears to raise the level of  
LR11 so the disease's development is retarded or prevented.

These plaques are deposits of beta amyloid, a protein that
experts say is toxic to neurons in the brain. As these plaque
deposits grow, so does the risk of Alzheimer's. If high levels
of LR11 protect people from developing Alzheimer's, it is
logical that levels that are too low will have the opposite
effect.


8.
Fish Oil Can Help Schizophrenia. New research has found
that
a diet rich in fish oil with omega-3 fatty acids interrupts
the development of schizophrenia.

9. Fish Oil Reduces Migraines. New studies have found that
omega-3 fatty acids are a
natural remedy for migraines.

10.
Fish Oil Fights Depression.  Researchers have found that
the omega-3 fatty acids in
fish oil help to relieve mild
depression.

Just a word of caution. If you are taking blood thinner
medications, check with your doctor before taking fish oil
supplements, as they can increase bleeding. Otherwise, eat
fish until you can't stand it. Then eat some more. You'll  live
longer and better for it!

Update:

11.
Fish Oil Cures Dry Eyes. Eating fish with omega-3 fatty
acids has been found effective in reducing dry eyes by  68%.


Update:

12. New research has drawn a sharp distinction between the
health benefits of obtaining omega-3 fatty acids from food
such as fish versus obtaining omega-3 in supplement form.
A study led by Dr. Evangelos Rizos of University Hospital of
Ioannina in Greece surveyed a set of studies to determine
whether fish oil supplements reduce your risk of heart
disease. Dr' Rizos and his team concluded that the pills did
not.

However, there are three caveats from this study that should
be borne in mind. The study used an especially high
mathematical probability hurdle -- about twice a sh high as
most other studies in this area.

Second, the study did not evaluate the benefits of eating
actual fish, only fish oil pills. Third, the Greek study did not
look at two of fish oil's most important properties --- the
ability to fight internal inflammation and the ability to act as
an anti-coagulant (blood thinners), both of which decrease
your rick for heart problems.

Bottom line, eat fish at least twice a week and, for now,
taking fish oil pills certainly won't hurt, though they may not
help as much as you like.



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