What is fish oil?
Fish oil, is collected from fish, mainly sardines, mackerel, pollock, anchovies and tuna. This oil is highly prised for its high omega 3 content and is a direct source of DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid). Fish oil is extracted, purified, and then tested to make sure that it is free from contaminants, or is as low as possible from contaminants. Fish oil is a source of omega 3 fatty acids. Some products are then concentrated to make them even higher in omega 3.
What does fish oil do in the body?
Omega 3 plays many roles in the body. It is required for the creation of something known as prostaglandin series 3. Prostaglandins series 3 is used in the anti-inflammatory processes in the body. Fish oil is a source of DHA, EPA and vitamin D. Omega 3 has many roles within the body which include: contributes to the maintenance of normal vision (DHA); contributes to the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride levels (EPA, DHA); contributes to the maintenance of normal brain function (DHA); and contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressure (EPA, DHA). Maternal intake contributes to the normal development of the eyes and brain development of the foetus and breastfed infants (DHA). They also contribute to the normal visual development of infants up to the age of 12 months (DHA) and to normal function of the heart (EPA, DHA).
Why do I need fish oil?
For optimal health, omega 3 must be in ratio to omega 6, 1:2. Our typical western diets however tend to be omega 6 heavy, in fact in some cases are as high as omega 3 to 6 ratio of 1:15! Adding in fish oil is a great start at consuming more omega 3 and correcting the balance of fats within the body.
How do I take fish oil?
Fish oil can be taken as a liquid, or in capsules. Many liquids contain something such as lemon oil to give it a pleasant taste. Liquids can be mixed into foods such as yoghurt. Once opened, it is best stored in the fridge.