Everyone seems to be talking about Fish Oils supplements and how good they are for you. Here is just a short explanation of Fish Oil supplements, what they are good for and what they contain.
Fish oil supplements contain Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is a vital component of the phospholipids of human cellular membranes especially those in the brain and retina. “In September 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the following qualified health claim for EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids: ‘Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. The FDA recommended that consumers not exceed more than a total of 3 grams per day of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids with no more than 2 grams from a nutritional supplement.”
Supplemental Fish Oils:
- Triglyceride-lowering activity.
- May also have anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic and immunomodulatory actions. Anti-inflammatory means counter acting the inflammation or neutralize it. Anti-thrombotic means interfering with or preventing thrombosis, which means to stop a blood clot from forming within the blood vessels. Immunomodulatory means it balances or improves the immune system.
- Appear to have mood-stabilizing properties when used in the treatment of bipolar disorder.
- May have cancer chemopreventative effects.
- Prevent death in those who have suffered myocardial infarctions.
- Are used to decrease clotting tendencies of the blood.
- May also be indicated for lowering blood pressure.
- For alleviating some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
- For preventing restenosis following coronary angioplasty.
- For ulcerative colitis.
- May help in relapse of Crohn’s disease.
- May have beneficial effects in IgA nephropathy. (a kidney disorder that occurs when IgA-a protein that helps the body fight infections-settles in the kidneys).
- Some evidence they have neuroprotective properties.
- May be useful in very mild, early stages of alzheimer’s disease.
- May be beneficial for eye health.
Diabetics should be monitored to see if the fish oil supplements affect their glycemic control.
Interactions may occur between fish oil supplements and aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and herbs such as garlic (Allium sativum) and ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba). There may be increased susceptibility to bruising, nosebleeds, hemoptysis (bloody mucous), hematemesis (vomiting of blood) and blood in the stool. Most people taking fish oil supplements and the above mentioned drugs DO NOT suffer from these problems and IF they do occur it is RARE. IF they do occur, lower the dosage you are taking.
Recommended fish oil products must contain antioxidants such as tocopherol to protect against oxidation. Fish oil products that contain high quantities of Vitamin A and D ,which could be toxic, SHOULD NOT be used.
Everyone seems to be talking about Fish Oils supplements and how good they are for you. Here is just a short explanation of Fish Oil supplements, what they are good for and what they contain. Fish oil supplements contain Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid …