Are Fish Oil Supplements Important?

Fish Oil

How Important is Fish Oil?

There are few supplements on the market that offer as many benefits as fish oil does. If you are looking to gain muscles, burn fat or keep a healthy lifestyle fish oil is a supplement that you must add to your daily diet.

What is Fish Oil?

Fish oil is extracted from fish tissue (usually fatty fish like herring, tuna, anchovies and maceral) and is comprised of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – both of which have many more health benefits than the omega-3 fatty acid (Alpha-linolenic acid) found in plant sources.

Fish Oil and Heart Health

-Increased levels of HDL (good cholesterol)

-Lowers triglycerides by 15-30%

-Reduces blood pressure

-Prevents plaque from forming in arteries

Fish Oil and Weight Loss

-Omega-3s provide essential fats (fats which the body cannot produce on its own)

-Will not turn into fat in the body. Instead, the body will use the fat from the oil to build cell walls (which in turn allows for better cell function and increased metabolism)

-Promotes insulin sensitivity, which is the principal factor in fat loss.

-Anti-inflammatory effects (preventing disease, illness, delayed recovery from injury and obesity)


Fish Oil and Muscle Gain

-Decreases cortisol levels and leads to an anabolic/muscle building effect

-speeds up recovery time in order to train more frequently

-Supports testosterone levels


How Much Should You Take?

Doctor Andrew Weil recommends eating oily fleshed, wild caught, cold water fish 2-3 times per week. If you use capsules, he recommends taking a product that provides 700 to 1,000mg of EPA and 200 to 500mg of DHA daily in the smallest number of pills. If you use liquid fish oil, find one that provides these amounts in the fewest teaspoons.

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