Based on contradictory results in the latest study and several previous studies conducted to understand if fish oil is effective, the scientific community is divided in its opinion and accepts that in almost all disease conditions, the effectiveness of fish oil is far from being conclusive.
Coupled with observations on traditional diets and certain fundamental questions on essentiality of omega-3s, few experts challenge the belief of benefits obtained from fish oil and provide an altogether contrary but relevant perspective.
Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s) such as Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are generally obtained by eating fish or consuming fish oil supplements.
We have been hearing about the benefits of fish oil since some years now. And all the while, we have been worried about the safety concerns of eating fish oil, either as supplements or through fish. The most important aspect of fish oil that disturbs us is the nature and amount of contaminants that may be present in them. Storing fish oil and when one should not consume fish and fish oil are also important concerns.
Fish oil is derived from tissues of fatty fish. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids (Omega-3s) such as Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which are believed to be effective in providing health benefits in various disease conditions. Fish oil can be obtained by either eating fish or consuming fish oil supplements. In either case, the contamination may be present. Let us look into this in detail.
There is lot of buzz and some hype too around fish oil, primarily due to the presence of omega-3 fatty acids in it. There is also great deal of confusion about the necessity of fish oil in our diet and whether we should consume fish oil supplements or simply eat fish. Let us get into some details to know what fish oil, omega-3 fatty acids, EPA, DHA are and how we should consume them.
The health benefits of fish oil include its ability to aid in treatment of heart diseases, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, AHDH, low immunity, cancer, diabetes, inflammation, arthritis, IBD, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, eye disorders, macular degeneration and ulcers. It also helps in weight loss, pregnancy, fertility and skin care (particularly for conditions such as psoriasis and acne).
Most of the health benefits of fish oil can be attributed to the presence of omega 3 essential fatty acids like Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Other useful essential fatty acids include Alpha-linolenic acid or ALA and Gamma-linolenic acid or GLA.