11 Amazing Benefits of Fish Oil for Men

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Fish oil for men can have a wealth of health benefits, many of which people are completely unaware of.

Fish Oil

Fish oil is an oil that is extracted or derived directly from the tissues of oily fish. Popular for hundreds of years, and long respected for its health benefits, it is now more popular than ever. Fish oil supplements are consumed all around the world since this oil contains such an impressive content of “good” fats, namely omega-3 fatty acids. More specifically, fish oil contains eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid (EPA and DHA, respectively). These compounds have been directly linked to dozens of different health conditions, but are primarily known as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant elements in this oil. Supplements are not the only source of these oils; eating oily fish can also boost your omega-3 fatty acid levels. These benefits of fish oil for men are particularly important.

Benefits of Fish Oil for Men

Fish oil contains omega 3s, eicosapentaenoic acid, and docosahexaenoic acid, which have health benefits for men including improved heart health, memory, metabolism, and more.

Memory Booster

The antioxidant capacity of fish oil is known to be excellent for reducing oxidative stress in the neural pathways by neutralizing free radicals. This is the type of chronic inflammation that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions, so a regular fish oil supplement is an excellent choice if you want to stay sharp as you age. [1]

Raw fish, fish oil capsules, flaxseeds, and flaxseed oil on a wooden board

Fish oil and flaxseed oil each provide omega-3 fatty acids. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Nutrition Facts

Fish oil, cod liver
Serving Size :
Energy 902
Energy [kJ]3774
Total lipid (fat) [g]100
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]30000
Retinol [µg]30000
Vitamin A, IU [IU]100000
Vitamin D (D2 + D3), International Units [IU]10000
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg]250
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]22.61
14:0 [g]3.57
16:0 [g]10.63
18:0 [g]2.8
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]46.71
16:1 [g]8.31
18:1 [g]20.65
20:1 [g]10.42
22:1 [g]7.33
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]22.54
18:2 [g]0.94
18:3 [g]0.94
18:4 [g]0.94
20:4 [g]0.94
20:5 n-3 (EPA) [g]6.9
22:5 n-3 (DPA) [g]0.94
22:6 n-3 (DHA) [g]10.97
Cholesterol [mg]570
Sources include : USDA [2]

Skin Care

Similarly, those same antioxidants are great for boosting skin health. As we age, our skin begins to break down, leading to the formation of wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes. Antioxidants, however, are able to slow the onset of premature aging, while also increasing the elasticity of the skin. [3]


Antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids have been linked to protecting vision and slowing down macular degeneration. Furthermore, studies have found that omega-3s are able to slow the onset of cataracts, which might prevent the need for surgery. [4] [5]

Prostate Health

Research has found that regular consumption of fish oil for men can help protect prostate health. Amongst prostate health concerns, prostate cancer is a huge problem that can quickly become fatal. Reducing inflammation is one of the main functions of omega-3s, thus protecting men from this perennial killer. [6] [7]


By increasing the metabolism of fats in the body, and helping to lower overall fat levels, fish oil is praised by bodybuilders as being able to increase muscle growth and make workouts more efficient. [8]


Metabolic activity isn’t only related to the way your body burns calories and fat. There are hundreds of metabolic processes that can be improved or optimized, and fish oil is closely related to many of these. [9]

Weight Loss

When you consume fish oil, it can kickstart your metabolism, leading to better passive fat-burning activities in the body. The omega-3s in fish oil for men who are trying to lose weight can suppress your appetite and make your weight loss efforts more effective. [10]

Cardiovascular Issues

Omega-3 fatty acids are known as “good” fats within the body, capable of lowering your overall cholesterol levels. This can mean a lower risk of atherosclerosis, as well as a reduced chance of suffering from a heart attack or a stroke. [11]


According to a report by the American Diabetes Association, omega-3s can help improve the body’s regulation of insulin and glucose. This is good news for anyone with diabetes or those who are at high risk of developing this condition. [12]

Immune System

Omega-3 fatty acids are not only anti-inflammatory in nature, but they can also kickstart the immune system, resulting in the white blood cells and more effective response to pathogens and potential infections as they attack the body. [13]


The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fatty acids make it an obvious choice for people suffering from arthritis. It can quickly soothe pain and aches in muscles and joints throughout the body. [14]

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About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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