Health Benefits of Fish oil

If you haven’t incorporated fish oil to your diet yet, we have the reasons why you should. When we talk about fish oil do not confuse it with the regular oils that you use for cooking. This particular oil not only gives you unlimited health benefits but also cures many illnesses. It provides your body with all the essential acids and minerals that you can’t get from other sources.

Fish oil is obtained from the tissues of fatty oil-rich fishes such as sardines, tuna, salmon, mackerel and blue fish. The oil found from their fatty tissues is not created by the fishes themselves instead it is produced by the algae that are consumed by them; this is the case of herbivorous fishes. The carnivorous fishes like tuna, swordfish and shark consuming these algae eating fishes become a source of fish oil as well. Though shark and swordfish are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids but as these fishes lie on the top position of the food chain there are higher chances of them being contaminated by PCBs, Mercury and other environmental toxics. For this reason FDA, Food and Drug Association has prescribed to limit the consumption of oil prepared by the carnivorous fish.

Health Benefits of Fish oil

Fish oil provides you with several types of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for maintaining a healthy body

Fish oil provides you with several types of omega-3 fatty acids such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), alpha-linolenic acid ALA and gamma-linolenic acid GLA, all of them are essential for maintaining a healthy body. The antioxidants that you can find in fish oil are selenium and iodide. So how do these nutrients help you with your health? Let’s find out!

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