Scientists have long understood that the Omega3 fatty acids in fish oil, EPA and DHA, offer many health benefits (EPA is eicosapentaenoic acid and DHA is docosahexaenoic acid). Tuna, anchovies, herring, and mackerel are all excellent sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. Most of us don’t consume one or two portions of those types of fish (the recommended amount) per week. If you don’t, supplements are readily available. Here are some of the many benefits of taking fish oil.

A Fishy Heart is a Healthy Heart

The Omega 3’s in fish oil are awesome for the heart. It increases the HDL or “good” cholesterol. Studies have shown it reduces triglycerides 15-30%, so there is less fat in the bloodstream. It has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and the risk of heart attack from arrhythmias in high-risk individuals.

Oil for a Better Brain

Twenty percent of the brain is composed of fatty acids so it should come as no surprise that the brain can benefit from fish oil as well. Studies have shown it improves brain function and decision making. Children with hyperactivity can improve after taking it. Seniors who take fish oil experience a slower decline in mental functioning and it may even slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.

Feel Better About Life

Depression plagues more people than ever before, but research shows that fish oil can improve the symptoms of these problems. A study in Britain reported that when a group of patients was given a daily dose of EPA, two-thirds of the group reported 50% fewer symptoms of depression after three months. Other studies have seen marked improvements in bipolar symptoms, postpartum depression, and even suicide rates with the application of Omega 3’s.

Arthritis Reduced by Fish Oil

In the 19th century, researchers noticed that people who lived near the sea and often ate fish had less joint pain. Today, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) plagues countless people. Tenderness and stiffness of the joints were significantly reduced by fish oil, according to a 2010 study of RA patients. The body converts Omega-3’s into resolvins, which have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Hair Today Better Tomorrow With Omega 3’s

Beautiful hair and skin are also benefits of taking fish oil supplements. Fish oil acids assist in making hair less brittle and it promotes hair growth. Omega 3’s can store collagen, and skin with more collagen has fewer wrinkles. It also boosts hydration of the skin. Studies indicate Omega 3’s can also help eradicate acne by regulating oil production.