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Health Benefits of Taking Fish Oil Supplements

Found in fatty fish and certain nuts and seeds,omega-3 fatty acids help protect your heart. Studies show they help  maintain brain function. Experts are also looking at how well omega-3  fatty acids can protect against age-related mental decline, eye  diseases, arthritis, and others conditions.

Some experts think omega-3s may help protect against  cancer. “Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to reduce inflammation in the  body. And a variety of cancers have been linked to chronic  inflammation,”  In the past 10 years, many Americans have turned to  omega-3 fish oil supplements. Dietary fish and omega-3 fish oil supplements have  benefits for healthy people and also those with heart disease.

Omega-3  fish oil contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic  acid (EPA). Omega-3 fatty acids are very important in preventing and  managing heart disease.

How omega-3 fish oil may help :

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce triglycerides
  • Slow the development of plaque in the arteries
  • Reduce the chance of abnormal heart rhythm
  • Reduce the likelihood of heart attack and stroke
  • Lessen the chance of sudden cardiac death in people with heart disease

How much omega-3 fish oil is safe?

The  AHA says taking up to 3 grams of fish oil supplements daily is  considered safe. Don’t take more than that unless you discuss it with  your doctor first. Are there side effects with omega-3 fish oil?

Side effects from omega-3 fish oil may include:

  • a fishy taste in your mouth
  • fishy breath
  • stomach upset
  • loose stools
  • nausea

Taking more than 3 grams of fish oil daily may increase the risk of bleeding.
If  you want to take higher doses of omega-3 fish oil supplements, talk to  your doctor first.

Cancers with a link to inflammation include:

  • Colorectal
  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Prostate

Omega-3s also seem to restrict tumor cell growth, and may cause cancer cells to self-destruct.

Source: Wiki

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