Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Benefits of Fish Oil


Fish oil is one supplement that I recommend to nearly every client. It becomes especially important when working with a student population who cannot not afford to eat fish regularly.

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The American Heart Association recommends the following:

~For people without documented coronary heart disease: (CHD) Eat a variety of (preferably fatty) fish at least twice a week. Include oils and foods rich in alpha-linolenic acid (flaxseed, canola and soybean oils; flaxseed and walnuts).

~Patients with documented CHD Consume about 1 g of EPA+DHA per day, preferably from fatty fish. EPA+DHA in capsule form could be considered in consultation with the physician.

~Patients who need to lower triglycerides 2 to 4 grams of EPA+DHA per day provided as capsules under a physician’s care.

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Here are some articles that I have found helpful.
American Heart Association: [Click Here] [Click Here]
What does Fish Oil do? What does it not do? A summary of the research [Click Here]
RealAge.com Tip: [Click Here]
A handy guide for selecting eco-friendly fish: [Click Here]

Sometimes it's hard to keep all the different fats straight. Here is some information to help:
Fats 101 [Click Here]
Detailed Information [Click Here]

If you're pregnant or going to become pregnant soon, read this information:
Mayo Clinic [Click here]
Fats of Life[Click Here]

2 comments:

Chris Holdren said...

Interesting. I have a love / hate relationship with fish. I love to eat it, because I know its good for me. I hate it, because of the mercury content :( I wonder if just straight up fish oil contains any mercury?

Jordann said...

Chris, thank you for your comment. I have included a new link to a Fish Selector that explains the most eco- friendly fish to select. In addition, you may want to read this article : http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3013797.
The two things to note from that article are the following:
~For middle-aged and older men and postmenopausal women, the benefits of fish consumption far outweigh the potential risks when the amount of fish are eaten is within the recommendations established by the FDA and Environmental Protection Agency.
~Eating a variety of fish will help minimize any potentially adverse effects due to environmental pollutants.

I do not like the fish taste either. That is why I opt for the fish oil caplets. To avoid the "fish burp" it helps to take the caplets with food or to find an enteric coated pill.