Fish oil is a form of fatty acid that is derived from the tissues of oily fish. It contains the omega-3 fatty acids, including eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are what has gained the most attention with regard to health research over the last few years.
It is important to note that if you have a diet high in fatty fish, then you probably do not need to supplement, however, with the amounts of mercury in our fishing industry, we need to be mindful of what we are putting into our body.
Here are three important benefits to supplementing with fish oils.
1) Healthy cholesterol level support. Supplementing with fish oil may support a healthy blood cholesterol profile already within a normal range. Adding 3-6 grams of fish oil a day can help promote healthy ratios of HDL to LDL, as well as healthy levels of triacylglycerol concentrations in the body when they are already in healthy range.
2) Bone health support. Studies have looked at the implications of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid intakes on the bone density and calcium balance of post-menopausal women, and have found that those that do take high levels of fatty acids may help support bone health.
3 ) Mood Support. Research has indicated that including fish oil in your diet on a regular basis may offer mood support. The diets of many people are so filled with processed foods that there isn't enough quality nutrition coming in to support a healthy system. This only adds to the stress build-up that may exacerbate mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.