Fish oil fact sheet
Published December 1, 2014
Over the years fish oil has been revered for its health‐giving properties and has become an increasingly popular remedy for many aspects of health. But what’s so good about fish, and why would you take it each day?
What exactly is fish oil?
Fish oil is derived from the tissues of oily fish such as salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel and herring. It’s naturally rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids including EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are important for health throughout the entire human life cycle. Our bodies cannot produce omega-3, which means we need to consume an adequate amount through the diet or via supplementation.
What are the proven benefits of fish oil?
As an excellent source of omega-3, fish oil may be beneficial for various aspects of health especially:
- Childhood development – The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil help support the development of the brain, eyes and nerves in children.
- General health – Omega-3 fatty acids are important for normal growth and cell function, and the maintenance of general health and well-being.
- Brain health – Fish oil helps maintain healthy brain function and supports cognition, memory and concentration.
- Heart health – Fish oil supports healthy blood flow and helps maintain normal cholesterol, triglyceride and blood pressure levels in healthy people.
- Joint health – Fish oil helps maintain joint health and mobility, helps reduce joint swelling and tenderness and may temporarily relieve joint pain.
- Eye health – Omega-3 fish oil may help maintain healthy eye function.
Are you getting the omega-3 your body needs?
The suggested daily target of omega-3 for general health and well-being is 610mg for healthy men and 430mg for healthy women.1 To support heart health, it’s recommended that all Australians consume at least 500mg of combined EPA and DHA every day. This is equivalent to around 2‐3 servings of fish, seafood or omega‐3 enriched eggs each week.2 For specific health needs, you’ll require much higher amounts of omega-3, which may be difficult to obtain through diet alone. That’s where fish oil supplements may be helpful.
Fish oil supplements – which one is right for me?
Fish oil is available in a number of different forms, strengths and combinations, so there’s sure to be one that’s right for your body. If you find fish oil capsules difficult to swallow then a liquid fish oil formula might be more suitable. If you don’t mind capsules, but you find taking 9 a day for joint support impractical, then a concentrated or high strength formula may be more appropriate. For those that experience fishy reflux, then choose an odourless formula to support your daily omega needs.
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