Benefits of Fish Oil
for Fitness and
When the words oils and fats are mentioned, health‐conscious individuals tend to run for cover. What
they fail to realize is that there are good fats and bad fats. Complete avoidance of intake of oils and fats
would actually be detrimental – rather than beneficial – to their health.
The Truth about Fish Oil
Essential fatty acids must always be part of our daily diet – without them, we take one step closer to our
deaths. Essential fatty acids are divided into two families: omega‐6 EFAs and omega‐3 EFAS.
Although there are only very slight differences to distinguish the two groups of essential fatty acids from
each other, studies have revealed that too much intake of omega‐6 EFAs can lead to inflammation,
blood clotting and tumor growth. The good news, however, is that the opposite is true for omega‐3
EFAs. Omega‐6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils while omega‐3 EFAs can be found in fish oils among
Omega‐6 vs. Omega‐3
Physicians and scientists are of the same opinion that the cause behind increasing cases of heart
disease, hypertension or high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, premature aging and certain kinds of
cancer is none other than an imbalanced intake of omega‐3 and omega‐6 EFAs.
As mentioned earlier on, omega‐6 EFAs can be found in vegetable oils. This includes but is not limited to
corn oil and soy oil, both of which contains high amounts of linoleic acid. Omega‐3 EFAs on the other
hand can be found also in marine plankton and walnut and flaxseed oils. It should be significant to take
note that fatty fish and fish oils contain eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA),
fatty acids that have been observed to provide many benefits to the human body. In the early 1970’s, a
study on Greenland Eskimos have revealed that one of the major reasons why they rarely suffer from
heart diseases is because of their high‐fat diet (mainly composed of fish).
The two ess