Fish oil is the oil that is derived from the tissues of fatty or oily fish and is best known for its rich content of omega-3 fatty acids including Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) that both provide a wealth of health benefits. Fish oil is also particularly high in vitamins A and D that help to contribute to even more benefits to our general health.
Where can we find fish oil?
Fish oil is derived from cold water oily and fatty fish including salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies and sardines, which all contain around seven times more omega-3 fatty acids than omega-6 fatty acids. Many other fish contain omega-3 fatty acids in lower quantities such as tuna, halibut, pollock and cod. Predatory fish like sharks and swordfish are also high in omega-3 fatty acids however their position at the top of the food chain means they easily accumulate toxic substances.
Fish oil allows you to:
- Boost your brain power and memory, as diets lacking in omega-3 fatty acids may cause your brain to age faster and lose some of its thinking abilities.
- Reduce the signs of ageing with a boost of omega-3 intake.
- Reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis, joint pain and cut the inflammatory process in half.
- Improve fat burning with the insulin sensitising ability of DHA and anti-inflammatory benefits of EPA.
- Preserve lean muscle and preserve muscle loss.
- Improve bone health with DHA and vitamin D.
- Enhance immune function.
- Increase metabolic rate.