Heart & Mental Health: Five Benefits of Fish Oil

Fish oil is an oil obtained from certain types of fish such as salmon, herring, sardines, etc. Most of the health benefits of fish oil are due to the omega-3 fatty acids it contains, which are very important for our heart and the brain. Here are some more benefits of fish oil.

Helps Fight Inflammation

Fatty fish is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. If your body lacks omega-3s but is high in omega-6 fats, this can put you at risk for chronic inflammation, increasing your chances of developing diseases such as cancer, arthritis, and heart disease.

Therefore, it is essential to get enough omega-3s through food or supplementation. But remember to consult your doctor before using special supplements.

Supports Heart Health

Fish oil can be beneficial for heart health, especially for those people who already have problems with our body’s leading motor. A 2017 review of studies found that taking fish oil supplements may prevent attacks in people with coronary heart disease.

The researchers also found that regular fish oil consumption reduced the risk of hospitalization for people with heart failure. Scientists speculate that this is due to the anti-inflammatory properties of fish oil. For people with heart problems, they recommend eating at least two servings of fish a week.

Improve brain function

Fish oil is rich in docosahexaenoic acid (a type of omega-3 fatty acid), essential for building brain cells. People with degenerative neurological disorders often have low levels of this acid. One 2010 study found that taking daily docosahexaenoic acid supplements helped people perform better on memory and learning tests.

Improve mental health

Inflammation in the body is associated with heart disease and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

Regular intake of fish oil can help reduce inflammation in brain cells and reduce symptoms of depression such as sadness, increased fatigue, mood swings, and more.

Supports fetal development during pregnancy

Fish oil provides the nutrients that are needed for the development of the baby in the womb. Omega-3 fatty acids, rich in fish oil, contribute to the development of the child’s brain functions, support the development of his vision and reduce the likelihood of future allergies.

Note* Always consult your doctor or other qualified health care professional for any questions you may have about your health or condition. Never disregard a health care professional’s advice or delay getting it because of what you read on this website.

Onyinye A.

Onyinye Abasim, from Nigeria. I'm a biochemist, content writer, and an entrepreneur. Email: Onyii@afrinik.com

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