Friday, 28 June 2013

Why Fish Oils are the most important health supplement

The 1980s was known as "Fat Free" era. We were all told that dietary fat was the enemy and to avoid it at all cost. But it was fine to go and eat 70 grams of refined carbohydrates. What we were led to believe was that fat-free products equated to fat-free physiques. Unfortunately, that was far from the truth.

During the 80s a huge rise in obesity levels occured and steadily climbed throughout the decade. This increase in weight was accompanied by an 11% decrease in percentage of calories from fat. It’s obvious that dietary fat is not the evil culprit in the expansion of the population’s waistline. Unfortunately this is a theory that is still around today, as long as it hasn't got fat in it, we are fine. This could not be further from the truth, in fact, fat plays a vital role for normal growth and development. Enter Omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for our health. The body cannot produce these acids so they must be obtained from the diet or in supplement form. So if you are one of the people who do not like eating oily fish, then I would highly recommend that you invest in an omega 3 supplement.

Many health problems come from the ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. In the UK today our average ratio of these two omegas is a huge 25:1 ratio. The short answer is too much omega 6 will increase all inflammatory diseases which include.

  • type 2 diabetes
  • cardiovascular disease
  • obesity
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • irritable bowel syndrome & inflammatory bowel disease
The main culprit of omega 6 is vegetable oil, which most of us cook with. I strongly suggest switching this with natural coconut oil, which is rich in more good fats.

Focus on Omega 3s

The health benefits of omega 3s are endless, which could improve the majority of the populations health. Either try and eat more oily fish or invest in a fish oil supplement.

  • Omega 3 has positive effects on any disease known to man
  • Fish oils turns on the lipolytic gene (genes for burning fat)
  • Fish oils turn off the lipogenic genes (fat storage gene turned off)
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Fish oils increase serotonin levels (the happy neurotransmitter)
  • Fish oils are a great stress fighter
  • Increased focus in training
  • Fish oils can lower blood pressure
This list could go on and on. Ensuring that your Omega 3 intake is in check can make a huge difference to your health, your body and your mind.


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