Fish Oil’s Many Pluses

Tuesday, 26 August 2008, 03:00 CDT

By Tweed, Vera Vukovic, Laurel

…Fish Oil

In 2002, the American Heart Association concluded that about 3 g offish oil daily was beneficial for maintaining a healthy heart, and higher doses, with the oversight of a physician, could be beneficial where disease exists. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil cool inflammation, protect the heart, and reduce physical and emotional pain, risk for disease, and premature aging.

As an example, a study published in Surgical Neurology found that fish oil reduced chronic back and neck pain among 125 people, to the point where more than half of them stopped taking pain medication. Numerous studies, such as a recent one published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, show that fish oil can improve mood. In the recent trial, fish oil was as effective as a popular prescription medication for depression.

Studies in various scientific journals, such as the British Journal of Dermatology, have found that fish oil helps relieve inflammatory skin conditions and reduces sunburn. It also reduces risks for diabetes, aggressive behavior, and is a key nutrient for the healthful development of babies and growdi of children.

Dosage: 3 g fish oil daily (providing approximately 1 g of key fatty acids, EPA and DHA). High-EPA formulations, available in health food stores, have been used in treatment of inflammatory conditions and depression. More…