Suffering from arthritis? Trying to look after your cholesterol? Want to maintain your brain function? Fish oil could help!
Many Aussies are already taking fish oil supplements because of their well-recognised health benefits:
- they have an anti-inflammatory action that can help relieve arthritis symptoms.
- they can help maintain healthy levels of triglycerides, helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels and heart function in healthy individuals.
- they are involved in healthy brain function, and needed for healthy brain development for kids.
- they are great for general health and wellbeing.
What’s so great about fish oil?
Fish oil contains vital fatty acids known as Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, in particular, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These fatty acids are known as “essential fatty acids”, which means that our bodies can’t manufacture them so we have to obtain them from our diet. The best source of Omega-3 fatty acids is oily fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and tuna. But we’d have to ensure we ate the recommended two to three serves of oily fish every week – can you be sure your intake is high enough?
It’s no wonder that many of us turn to fish oil supplements to make sure our bodies get an adequate amount of these essential fatty acids.