How would you benefit from omega 3 fish oils?

Have you heard the hype surrounding Omega 3 fish oils (DHA & EPA)? It's not necessarily new but if you've heard me talk about the benefits lately, you may want to know more. I've been doing some research about inflammation and Dr. Barry Sears (who created The Zone Diet). The below are my findings per Barry Sears.

So why are fish oils so popular? How are they beneficial? What are the side effects? How much should I take? I'm going to answer all of your questions.

If you have any of the issues below, fish oils could help:

  • Excess fat
  • infertility
  • skin problems
  • heart disease
  • diabetes
  • ADHD
  • allergies
  • chronic pain

What do all of these have in common? They are caused by inflammation. To reduce inflammation,  you must control your insulin levels through diet...and fish oils can help too. Those healthy fatty acids in your blood stream can reduce the inflammation in your body and even reduce your chances of a heart attack*!

Control your insulin levels by balancing complex carbs with protein and healthy fats. However, for those of us who can't eat healthy everyday, fish oils are a great supplement. How much should you take? According to Dr. Sears, if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should consider taking 5 grams of ultra-refined liquid fish oils. Mix in water, soup, tea, etc. That is 5000mg of EPA and DHA. If you are healthy, you only need to take around 2.5grams. The more you control your insulin through a healthy, balanced diet, the less fish oils you will need.  You can click the picture for the affiliate link to purchase. This is my personal favorite brand.

Side effects of fish oils? You'll be smarter! Did you know that the fatty acids of fish oils are able to reach the brain and actually make us smarter!

Other great sources of Omega 3s are chia seeds and walnuts. You want to make sure that you are increasing the Omega 3s in your diet and reducing the Omega 6s which come from vegetable oils. Ultimately, you want a balance between the 2 since our bodies don't make either by themselves. But the reason I say that we should aim to reduce Omega 6 fatty acids is because many Americans are over-consuming this through refined oils (think processed foods). Omega 6 fatty acids actually increase inflammation while Omega 3 reduce it. As with anything in our life, we need to have a delicate balance for optimal health.

Please don't stop taking any medications and replace with fish oils. And please consult a doctor before adding any supplement to your diet. Also, I always suggest you do your own research too.

 

* My information for this post was from Dr. Barry Sears' lecture given to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and his book the Anti-Inflammation Zone.Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. None of these claims have been reviewed or approved by the FDA. Please consult a physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem.