Fish oil is particularly beneficial in the modern day, due to the changes in the western diet. On average, we eat less than the recommended weekly portion of oily fish like salmon, mackerel, herring and tuna, with most of us barely ever eating these essential foods. We are recommended to eat at least one portion of oily fish per week, with three portions a week being considered as incredibly beneficial, but it seems that fish is quite a rare meal choice today, unless of course it’s covered in batter and comes with chips. This is why fish oil supplements have become as popular as they are because they ensure that everyone can still gain the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids without consuming it in their diets. Vegetarians and vegans who avoid eating fish may also find themselves limited with choices for gaining omega-3 through their diets, as they rely on nut and plant-based foods that contain much lower levels of essential fatty acids than fish, which is incredibly rich.
We are recommended to take around 0.5 grams of omega-3 from fish oil for every 10 pounds of body weight, which should be increased to 0.75-1.0 grams of omega-3 fish oil for every 10 pounds of body weight if suffering from factors such as stress, weight issues, illness recovery, sleeplessness and poor diets.
People who will benefit the most from looking at their intake of fish oil include:
- People with joint diseases or stiff, painful, swollen joints
- People who have a typically “western” diet that does not involve oily fish and may be high in carbohydrates
- People who are recovering from illness or injury
- Older people who are looking to preserve their brain health and cognitive functions
- Children who need DHA for a healthy development