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All About Fish Oil

You are one of a kind! And, so are your needs. Generally, no one person’s daily routine is identical. When it comes to adding supplements to my nutritional intake, I wonder do I need it. Is it something that is already part of my regular diet? Does the president take fish oil? Yes, I wonder. Do I need to take fish oil supplements? Let’s review a few things about fish oil that can help you guide and review if you should be taking it.

Research says that Omega-3 fats (EPA/DHA) in fish are crucial for our health and function.  It helps with cholesterol levels, blood sugar; it slows the signs of aging, reduces inflammation, helps maintain hormone balance, and improves memory and skin health. Interesting, some of these reasons are why people are medicated. The number one reason that I recommend fish oil to my patients is to the reduce inflammation to help with joint comfort.  Also, Omega-3s are needed for insulin function to help balance blood sugar levels. The focus should be more on Omega-3 fats then fish oil. In America, consumption of corn, sunflower and peanut oils are very high. These oils have a high Omega-6 fats which are good but not in high volumes. The key is to have a good ratio. Ideally, 1:1 (Omega-6: Omega-3) ratio or 4:1 (Omega-6: Omega-3). The average American diet is 17:1 (Omega-6: Omega-3) which is far from ideal.

The key is to achieve balance.  If you are allergic to fish, I say NO for you taking fish oil! There is a slight chance fish oil may contain proteins that you may be sensitive to.  If you are allergic to fish, Omega-3 fatty acids are also found in flax, algae and grass-fed livestock. How much should you take? You can take 3000mg flax or chia seed oil. If you are eating wild caught fish twice a week supplementing with fish oil might not be necessary.

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and Eicosapentenoic acid (EPA) are the three types of Omega-3 fatty acids. EPA and DHA are in fish oil. Walnuts, olive oil and flaxseeds are good sources of ALA. Not all fish oils are the same. Your fish oil should be at least 600mg of DHA. If fish is usually not on the menu twice a week, you should take about 1000mg of fish oil per day (safe to take up to 2-3 grams daily). Store fish oil in the fridge to prevent it from spoiling and reduce oxidation.

I take fish oil because it protects my heart, arteries, reduces joint discomfort and fights wrinkles! There a things in life that are needs to your daily living and there are things that are assets.  The air you breathe, the water you drink and proper nutrition for function are basic needs. Omegas are needs not just assets. You have several options to choose from. If you have any additional questions regarding Omegas, our office is more than happy to help.

For your good health naturally,

Dr. Ida Abraham

Chiropractic Center of Lakeland

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