Fish are one of nature’s superfoods and are packed full of important nutrients including protein, vitamins A and D; minerals iodine, iron, zinc and selenium, as well as special health-protective fats called Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs).
Fish oil helps to reduce inflammation throughout the body as well as a range of amazing other health benefits. Here are just some of the ways that omega-3s can boost your health.
Arthritis and heart health.
Omega 3 helps protect against stiff, painful joints and play an important role in managing inflammation. It has also been found to help people with rheumatoid arthritis get over morning stiffness faster.
People with arthritis are at increased risk of heart disease, and omega-3s are perhaps best known for their role in promoting heart health.Omega 3 EFAs help to keep the heart and blood vessels healthy; and eating Omega 3-rich foods has been shown to reduce heart disease risk, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and arteriosclerosis.
Healthy skin, hair and nails.
The health benefits of fish oil can be incredible for the body’s largest organ, the skin. Omega 3 deficiencies can create imbalances that cause skin problems, e.g. dry, red, itchy skin patches – especially on the face, arms or legs. They can also lead to dull hair, dandruff and cracked brittle nails. Omega 3 benefits your skin, hair and nails as it helps to prevent moisture loss whilst helping nutrients enter skin cells. This makes them important for glowing skin, healthy hair and strong nails.
Fish oil may help reduce the risk of diabetics from developing cognitive deficit because it protects the hippocampus cells from being destroyed. It can also help reduce oxidative stress, which plays a central role in the development of diabetes complications, both microvascular and cardiovascular.
Whether you want to treat inflammation or just improve your overall wellbeing, ensuring you are getting the adequate levels of Omega 3 does wonders for your health. Speak to your pharmacist today about any omega-3 or fish oil questions you may have.