One of the most important things men can do to stay healthy and energetic is to take an Omega 3 supplement. Now, fish oil is nothing new to you. It’s so well-researched and documented that even the American Heart Association suggests you take fish oil supplements too—and for good reason.
Fish oil owes its health-boosting power to two compounds your cells crave. They’re called Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), also known as Omega-3 fatty acids. And they are the fundamental building blocks of virtually every organ, tissue and cell in the body.
Dozens of studies over the years reveal that Omega 3's are capable of almost mind-boggling health benefits. They help boost levels of healthy HDL cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. Omega 3’s can improve mood and cognition, reduce joint and muscle aches and keep your heart beating long and strong. They can boost blood flow and support healthy digestion, too!
Promotes Healthy Triglyceride Levels
According Mid-America Heart Institute, Omega 3’s can lower triglyceride levels anywhere from 25% to 30%. Another study reported in the American Journal of Cardiology found that high levels of Omega 3’s reduced triglycerides as much as 38% and increased levels of HDL (good) cholesterol by 24%.
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Eases joint pain
Fish oil is great for your joints, too. Several studies show that patients taking Omega-3 fish oil experienced less stiffness and fewer joint aches than they had without taking the capsules. In a study of patients with joint problems, 53% of the patients in the Omega-3 group showed significant relief of their symptoms compared to only 10% in the placebo group.
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Protects your brain from “aging”
Plus, research suggests that Omega 3's can actually help keep your brain and memory young! A study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that Omega 3 fatty acids slow the aging of the brain by supporting healthy inflammation response. Dr. Lawrence Whalley of Aberdeen University in Scotland stated, "The results suggest that … aging of their brain is being slowed down by a year or two."
Other research suggests they can protect against age-related vision loss, support healthy blood sugar levels, and even reduce inflammation in the lungs that causes shortness of breath.
So How Much Omega 3’s Do You Need?
When it comes to Omega 3's, the rule is: the more, the better. The recommended daily amount of Omega 3 is 1,000 mg per day of EPA and DHA combined. If you’re concerned about your heart or brain health, you should probably take about 2,000 mg of Omega 3 fish oil per day. Unless you eat several meals of fish every week, your dietary intake probably doesn’t come close to that. That’s why it’s best to take supplements.
However, not all fish oil supplements are created equal. To keep prices low, many fish oil suppliers get their stock from the cheapest possible sources. Other manufacturers use unstable commodity oils that begin to oxidize – or rot – as soon as they’re exposed to oxygen, light, and heat. That’s why so many fish oil supplements may give you an upset stomach or that uncomfortable fish burp after taking them.
The richest sources for essential EPA and DHA are small cold water fish such as anchovies, mackerel and wild sardines. These small fish contain the ocean’s highest natural oil content. Plus, they are usually free of the pollutants and toxins found in larger species of fatty fish.
Also, make sure the fish oil you buy includes antioxidants to help maintain stability and protect against a fishy aftertaste.