7 health benefits of fish oil

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7 health benefits of fish oil

We all know fish oil is heart-healthy, but here are 7 additional benefits that might surprise you, courtesy of our friends at Biotics Research, the makers of one of my favorites: Biomega fish oil.

—Dr. Hoffman

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Studies out of Germany and the US have shown that a whopping 98% of the population has suboptimal levels of omega-3s. These results are especially concerning when you consider the many functions omega-3s have within our bodies: fatty acids are essential in the formation of cell membranes, provide a barrier to pathogens, and even work as a catalyst for enzyme reactions. With so many of us registering suboptimal levels, supplementing with a high-quality fish oil is more important than ever.

Here are 7 more health benefits of fish oil:

1. Your Eyes Rely on Omega-3 Fats

Studies have shown that people who don’t consume enough fatty fish in their diet (resulting in low omega-3 levels) have a greater risk of developing eye disease. This is particularly important as we age because eye health tends to decline over time, leading to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). One small 2014 study found that consuming high-dose fish oil daily for four and a half months improved vision in patients with AMD.

2. Stimulates Hair Growth

The omega-3s in fish oil can improve hair growth while reducing hair loss. Several studies in both animals and humans have shown taking a fish oil supplement can boost hair volume.   Supplementing for just three months can promote hair growth in women with temporary hair thinning. 

3. Supports Brain Function

Your brain is made up of 60% fat, making fat essential for brain development and functioning. In fact, some studies of people suffering from mental health conditions have found that they have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids, suggesting that supplementation with fish oil could reduce symptoms and help these people function in society.  For those at risk for developing psychotic disorders, supplementation with fish oil can reduce the risk and symptoms.

4. Promotes Lung Health

Asthma and related allergies can cause inflammation, leading to shortness of breath. Interestingly, consuming fish oil during pregnancy or early on in life has proven to be beneficial in reducing the risk of developing asthma by up to 29%!

5. May Improve Liver Function

When you consider liver functions such as detoxification, manufacturing of proteins, and processing fat, it becomes apparent that omega-3 fatty acids are important for liver health. When fat accumulates in the body, it can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Supplementation with fish oil can improve liver function, decrease liver fat and reduce symptoms of NAFLD

6. Supports Healthy Inflammatory Pathways

There are many health conditions that are exacerbated by chronic inflammation. Because fish oil has anti-inflammatory properties, taking high-quality fish oil can help reduce symptoms in diseases related to chronic inflammation. One of these diseases is rheumatoid arthritis, a crippling disease that causes inflammation, pain, and reduces joint movement

7. Helps Your Skin Glow

Did you know your skin contains the same omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil? Keeping omega-3 levels high is essential for healthy skin—especially if you are older or spend a lot of time outdoors, as fatty acids can be structurally altered with UV rays and natural aging. Several studies have shown that consuming fish oil can also help with skin conditions such as psoriasis and allergic responses like eczema. Your skin is the largest organ in your body—not to mention the most visible—so it’s vital to give it the TLC it needs to function at its best!

As you can see, the health benefits of maintaining optimal levels of omega-3s are plentiful. Making a high-quality fish oil part of your regular supplement routine is an easy way to work your way out of that lagging 98% of Americans struggling to maintain adequate levels, and join the 2% reaping the full benefits of these important nutrients.

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