Can Fish Oil Capsules
Fish oil has always been
considered effective in reducing the risk of heart diseases and mental illnesses among many other benefits.
Alternative medicine and mainstream medicine both agree on the many benefits of fish oil. Ironically, one of
the side effects of fish oil is heartburn. The intake of 3 grams per day of fish oil is considered safe for
most people, taking more than 3 grams per day can trigger the side effects such as heartburn, nosebleed,
rash, bad breath, laxative effect, and belching. Consuming too much fish oil keeps blood from clotting and
can increase the chance for bleeding.
Fish oil, rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, may be obtained by taking supplements or
eating fish. Salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel are among the best sources. These provide about 1 gram of
Omega-3 fatty acids in about 3.5 ounces of fish. However, the consumption of fish, even if eaten everyday, may
not be enough to reach the desired intake level of fish oil. Distilled and encapsulated forms of fish oil
supplements may be best to avoid the common side effects.
The regular consumption of the
suggested intake of fish oil is widely known to help keep the heart healthy, lowering triglycerides and
increasing good cholesterol. These factors reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Fish oil can also
slow the hardening of the arteries and lower blood pressure, both these factors are good for the
Aside from the benefits for the
heart, fish oil is also considered effective in keeping the brain healthy, it not only helps prevent
Alzheimer’s but also helps prevent depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ADHD (Attention deficit-hyperactivity
disorder) among children. Combined with the typical drugs, fish
oil helps regulate the moods of those suffering from these mental
Perhaps one of the most
important benefits of fish oil is helping to reduce inflammation which is associated with serious illnesses
such as cancer, autoimmune diseases, heart diseases and Alzheimer’s.
Other benefits of fish oil are
insulin sensitivity which helps in certain types of diabetes, eliminates joint pain associated osteoarthritis
and rheumatoid arthritis, lowering bad cholesterol and lowering the risk of AMD (age-related macular degeneration), keeping even
eye sights healthy.
There are even more added
benefits of taking fish oil and these include anti-aging, keeping the skin healthy as it increases hydration,
fewer wrinkles, oil production regulation and reducing acne. Weight loss is also a benefit with studies
showing that fish oil can help burn fat and improve digestion.
Not only is fish oil beneficial
for the prevention of various illnesses and diseases, it is also beneficial for pregnant women. A newborn’s
brain, retina and nervous system are mostly made up of the Omega-3 fatty acids. Increasing the amount of
Omega-3 in an expectant mother’s diet aids in the development of the unborn child’s brain, retina, and
nervous system development.
To minimize and possibly
completely eliminate the chances of experiencing heartburn and other unpleasant side effects when taking fish
oil supplements, below are the most suggested:
- Refrigerate the fish oil
- Taking fish oil supplements with meals or
immediately before meals
- Take concentrated fish oil
- Avoid deodorized fish oil
Deodorized fish oil capsules
completely defeat the purpose of taking fish oil supplements as the process of ridding the oil of the ‘fishy’
smell destroys the EPA (eicosapentaenoic
acid) and DHA (decosahexaenoic
acid) which are the valuable Omega-3 fatty acids
that provide the benefits of the fish oils in the first place.
Concentrated versions of fish
oil supplements contain the valuable fatty acids EPA/DHA two to three times more compared to the standard
fish oil supplement. Switching from the standard fish oil supplement to the concentrated ones will also
decrease the number of capsules you take per day. This step is also highly helpful to rid of the smelly burps
commonly associated when taking fish oil supplements.
The human body is not capable of
producing Omega-3 fatty acids which is believed to be the catalyst for all the benefits brought by fish oil.
Our bodies are dependent on outside sources for Omega-3 which we may get either through eating fish or taking
fish oil supplements. The common side effects of fish oil, which are avoidable and minor, far outweigh the