imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

The miracles of fish oil

I’m a fish oil fan fellas, although a Gabriela Silang General Hospital doctor says he is not a fan of food supplement.

“I better get these supplement nutrients from the food that I eat,” he said.

A young school principal once asked an octogenarian doctor why he only looks like 60 something.

“You look young; you are active and you look physically fit. What’s your secret, doc?” he asked.

“Fish oil,” the doctor answered.

This young principal took the matter seriously and since then, fish oil capsules have become a part of his daily diet.

Further reading reveals that fish oil is indeed a miracle supplement, fellas.

1. Alzheimer’s disease. For several years now, fish oil and Alzheimer’s disease connection has been studied with consistent results. The essential fatty acids vital for brain function that are found in fish oil can not only slow cognitive decline, but can help prevent brain atrophy in older adults.

Another study conducted by researchers at Rhode Island Hospital examined the relationship between fish oil supplementation and indicators of cognitive decline. The subjects of the study were older adults: 229 cognitively normal individuals, 397 patients with mild cognitive impairment and 193 patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that the adults taking fish experienced significantly less cognitive decline and brain shrinkage than adults not taking fish oil.

2. Anxiety. The European Journal of Neuroscience published a study in 2013 showing that fish oil reversed all anxiety-like and depression-like behavior changes induced in rats. This is an interesting study because it stresses the importance of supplementing with fish oil at “critical periods of brain development.”

3. Arthritis. An 18-month study was published in 2014 that evaluated fish oil rich fared in treating rheumatoid arthritis. This is great news for fish oil users when it comes to arthritis patients. Another study also showed that omega-3 fish oil supplements worked just as well in reducing arthritic pain.

4. Cancer. Scientific studies have found that fish oil can help to prevent and kill various cancers, including colon, prostate and breast. Not only has research proven that it makes conventional cancer drugs more effective, but it’s also an effective stand-alone therapy in natural cancer treatment. A scientific review published in 2013 looked at omega-3 fatty acids and prostate cancer prevention. Researchers concluded that there’s a great deal of evidence suggesting that omega-3s inhibit cancer cell growth – in cancer cell lines, animal models and humans.

A scientific review in 2014 evaluated study findings on omega-3 intake in relation to the prevention and treatment of breast cancer, the most prevalent cancer among women. Fish oil also looks to be helpful for another type of cancer experienced by women: endometrial cancer. In the 2017 issue of The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, the effects of fish oil supplementation was looked at in regard to prostaglandins in normal and tumor colon tissue. For 21 days, a diet with fish oil or a standard American diet was given, and it was shown that dietary fish oils for colon cancer prevention was effective.

5. Cardiovascular disease. Studies have also found that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil are associated with improved survival rates for heart attack victims. A study published in the medical journal Circulation found that people who took a high dose of fish oil each for six months following the occurrence of a heart attack actually improved their hearts’ overall functioning and also reduced biomarkers of systemic inflammation.

6. Depression. A study published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience evaluated the effects of fish oil supplementation on prefrontal metabolite concentrations in adolescents with major depressive disorder. Researchers found that there was a 40 percent decrease in major depression disorder symptoms in addition to marked improvements in amino acid and nutrition content in the brain.

7. Diabetes. A study published in Brain Research shows how far-reaching fish oil can be for people with diabetes. Researches found that fish oil can help reduce the risk of diabetics from developing cognitive deficit because it protects the hippocampus cells from being destroyed. The study also showed that fish oil could help reduce oxidative stress, which plays a central role in the development of diabetes complications, both microvascular and cardiovascular.

Another recent study shows that fatty fish consumption can cut the risk of eye-diabetes complications. The researches tracked the seafood consumption of about 3,600 diabetic men and women between the ages of 55 and 80 for nearly five years. The researchers found that people who regularly consumed 500 milligrams each day of omega-3 fatty acid in their diets (equal to two servings of fatty fish per week) were 48 percent less likely to develop diabetic retinopathy than those who consumed less

8. Eye disorders. There’s more good news when it comes to fish oil and eye health, and it’s just not just for diabetic this time. Fish oil has been shown to reverse age-related eye disorders. In March 2014, French researchers evaluated 290 patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and they discovered that dietary oil fish and seafood intake were significantly lower in AMD patients. Due to the high EPA and DHA levels in fish oil, it was concluded that this kind of nutritional intervention could especially benefit those at high risk for neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

9. Immune system function. An animal study revealed that in fish oil, the immune-boosting power is multiplied. The researchers believe that the results of this study are definitely applicable to human health. They conclude that the study reinforces the health-promoting effects of habitual fish consumption.

10. Skin and hair. The health benefits of fish oil can be incredible for the body’s largest organ, the skin. This source of essential fats improves the health and beauty of human skin in several ways. Fish oil benefits and nourishes the skin with fats and contributes fat-soluble vitamins that help skin maintain a smooth, elastic texture. There is also evidence that fish oil prevents wrinkles and works against the aging process.

The deficiency of EPA and DHA in diet contributes to skin conditions, such as dandruff, thinning hair, eczema and psoriasis, as well as age spots and sun spots. Without the essential fatty acids, too much moisture leaves the skin. The truth is your internal health can appear on your skin and taking fish oil internally as a supplement may be as good as or better than applying conventional moisturizers.

11. Fertility and pregnancy. Recent studies have shown that the consumption of fish oil (or, more specifically, the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil) can improve fertilityin both men and women. DHA, which is a byproduct of omega-3 fatty acids, plays a key role in the mobility of sperm and health of sperm in men. Low blood levels of DHA have been linked to decreased fertility. Animal studies have found that the DHA in fish is vital to changing dysfunctional round-headed sperm into strong swimmers with cone-shaped heads packed with egg-opening proteins. Fish oil has also been shown to increase fertility in women by reducing inflammation, balancing hormones and regulating their cycles. Also, fish oil has been found effective in treating conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis, which can cause infertility.

12. Weight Loss. Australian researchers published results of a study examining the effects of fish oil on weight loss in combination with diet and exercise in the May 2007 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The results show that a combination of fish oil supplements and regular exercise can reduce body fat while also improving heart and metabolic health. Overall, adding fish oil to a current exercise program (and a overall healthy lifestyle) looks like it can decrease body fat as well as cardiovascular disease risk.

If you’ve been wondering, “What does fish oil do?” hopefully you now have a better idea of the very large array of possible fish oil benefits!

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends eating 1–2 portions of fish per week. This is because the omega-3 fatty acids in fish provide many health benefits, including helping protect against a number of diseases. A fish oil capsule costs between P4 to P5 per capsule at the market, but you can get it cheaper via ordering online, fellas.

Recently, I ordered a bottle of 400 fish oil capsules at 300 mg apiece online and I’m enjoying the benefits now.

And why not?

Everybody deserves a good, healthy life! ●