5 Amazing Health Benefits Of Fish Oil

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With so many supplements on the market claiming to haved different benefits, it can sometimes be difficult to choose what's best for you. What you really need is a good all-rounder, looking after you on multiple different levels. Look no further than fish oil.

Fish oil is the fatty acid derived from the tissues of oily fish, and it has become a big component in health research in recent years. This is because it contains the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA), which are essential for maintaining a happy balance in your body.

The benefits of fish oil can be reaped by eating fatty fish, although sometimes we have to be wary. Many fatty fish, such as swordfish, shark and king mackerel, contain substantial amounts of mercury, which can actually cause more harm than good. Fish like salmon, bluefin tuna and sardines are much better options, but fish oil capsules are a great way to ensure the perfect balance.

Taken alongside a healthy diet and exercise, fish oil can have amazing benefits. We round up the best...

1. They are good for your heart

Fish oil can benefit the hearts of healthy people, as well as those who are at high risk of, or have, cardiovascular disease. The omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of arythmias (abnormal heartbeats) which can lead to sudden death.

2. They can help you lose weight

A recent study examined the effects of fish oil in combination with diet and exercise, showing that the total proportion of fat in the body (particularly around the abdomen) was reduced significantly in the fish oil plus exercise group, in comparison to those who only exercised, and those who had fish oil alone. Eating fish as a meat replacement will also reduce your exposure to saturated fats, which are detrimental to weight loss.

3. They have some anti-ageing properties

A study from the University of California has shown that omega-3 helps cells in the body live longer, although the evidence for whether fish oil can actually elongate your life is limited. However, it does have some anti-ageing properties in that it maintain memory and brain function as you age. For this reason, fish oil is a great supplement for people with Alzheimers.

4. They support fertility

Fish oil supports fertility in both men and women, so can be taken by both parties if trying for a baby. In women, this works as the fish oil reduces inflammation, balances hormones and regulates your cycle. Fish oil has also been found to be effective in treating conditions such as PCOS and enometriosis which can cause infertility. The oil can also be beneficial for pregnant women, and has been proven to reduce the chances of miscarriage.

5. They nourish the skin and hair

Fish oil has cosmetic benefits, too. It nourishes the skin with fats and contributes fat soluble vitamins that help skin maintain a smooth, elastic texture. Without essential fatty acids, too much moisture leaves the skin, and it has been argued that injesting fish oil may even be better than applying conventional moisturisers.