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Why is Fish Oil important?

October 03, 2016

Why is Fish Oil important?

Fish oil is made up of two types of Omega-3 fatty acids: EPA and DHA. These contribute to the maintenance of normal heart, vision and brain function. The body does not produce Omega-3 therefore it must be obtained from eating foods such as oily fish, or by taking supplements.

A balanced ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 is recommended and as the average diet in the UK is high in Omega 6 (e.g. red meat and eggs), supplementing with Omega 3 is important to balance this ratio. Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory and can help reduce triglycerides, blood pressure and lower your risk of diabetes.  Studies have also found that people who regularly consume Omega 3 have lower rates of depression and anxiety, as well as improved sleep quality. In addition, supplementing with Vitamin E together with Omega-3 may help to control inflammation and work in combination to improve skin health.  

Different types of Omega supplements

Fish Oil – contains a high level of Omega-3

Cod liver oil – contains Omega 3 and also Vitamins A and D

Krill oil – similarly to fish oil, krill oil contains EPA and DHA but has a higher rate of absorption. It also contains a powerful natural antioxidant called Astaxanthin

Chia – chia seeds also contain Omega 3 and are a great source of antioxidants, fibre and protein, to help improve digestion, immune system and boost energy

EFA – contains Omega 3, 6 and 9

Flaxseed oil – contains Omega 3 and 6, with a higher proportion of Omega 3


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