Omega 3 Fish Oil

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Omega 3 fish oil, a dietary supplement, is nothing more than a convenient form of Omega 3 fatty acids. And Omega-3 fatty acids are one of two families of essential fatty acids, which are indispensable to animal health. We cannot manufacture them in our bodies, so we must somehow add them to our diets.

The Omega 3 fatty acids in fish--most commonly found in cold-water fish such as mackerel, herring, salmon, sardines, and anchovies--are the ones our bodies process most readily and easily. And it is from these fish that Omega 3 fish oil supplements are formulated.

Omega 3 Fish Oil Benefits

What did we say the specific benefits of these essential fatty acids are? What exactly do Omega-3 fatty acids do for us? Most simply put, they are indispensable to the circulatory and nervous systems, helpful to most major organs and our bones, and helpful for our respiratory system. While studies indicate that thinking of Omega 3 fish oil as a cure is a mistake, this is not to say that the supplements do not help. The old stories of castor oil--a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids--as a fix for all sorts of physical ailments weren't spun out of thin air. There was a basis to them.

Choosing your brand of supplements should involve some care, just as choosing the fresh or frozen food you buy involves care. Remember that hazardous pesticides and PCBs are in the environment. They can make their way into formulated "healthy" diet supplements as well as into the air, the water we drink, and the foods we eat. To avoid unhealthy supplements, consult your veterinarian, doctor, or a reputable online guide.

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