Many people remember when their mothers made them take a disgusting tablespoon full of cod liver oil daily. Though it was said that this preparation, made from the livers and other parts of codfish was supposed to be good for you, the ordeal of having to swallow this foul tasting stuff was something many children could only endure if given a small bribe.
It’s only been recently that the benefits of fish oil containing an ingredient known as Omega 3, is very beneficial for maintaining good health. Eating fish has been shown to be an excellent source of both protein and two important non-saturated fatty acids, Eicosapentcenoic Acid (EBA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), which are very beneficial in helping to reducing cholesterol levels and helping to prevent heart disease. Though nutrition experts recommend that people eat fatty fish such as cod, mackerel, sardines, and tuna, for many, these fish are either not readily available or just not desirable (many people simply cannot stand eating fish). Omega 3 is also rich in vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant which not protects the body against cardio vascular disease but many forms of cancer as well.
Omega 3 is now available in gel capsule form, making it easy to take by everyone, including those who are disgusted with the thought of eating fish. By taking at least two 500 mg capsules a day, either during of after meals, the benefits of Omega 3 will work its wonders in our system. Studies made have shown that taking Omega 3 capsules are beneficial in the following manners:
1. they decrease the risks of blood clots which can lead to sudden cardiac deaths such as embolism
2. they decrease tryclyceride levels (fats in the blood)
3. they decrease the risks of atherosclerotic plaque which restrict blood flow through the arteries to the heart
Since Omega 3 also is a blood thinner, people with blood clotting problems should consult as physician before taking it. Despite this problem, the benefits of taking Omega 3 fatty acids far outweigh any cautions for their use.
Omega 3 capsules are available in pharmacies and stores setting vitamin supplements. It is recommended to store them in a refrigerator once the bottle has been opened.
Omega 3 fatty acids can also be found in flax seed oil, canola oil and in Soya products such as soya oil and tofu. These products contain alpha-linolenic acid (LNA) which the body can convert to Omega 3 fatty acids. A higher level is found directly in either fatty fish or fish oil, however.