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Fish oil or Omega 3 Fatty Acids have been promoted as a potential cure for virtually all diseases — but the latest study says it can cause Cancer.  Don’t believe it.  First off, valid scientific decisions are made on bodies of valid evidence from controlled trials showing cause and effect not on single correlational studies showing possible associations.  This is why Family Health Chiropractic only recommends a few products.  This is also why it is extremely important to purchase a High quality supplement – not simply any vitamin from the drug store or local vitamin shop!

Fish oil or Omega 3 Fatty Acids are Essential nutrients.  Essential nutrients cannot possibly do harm to the organism for which they are essential. It makes no biological sense. 

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For those of us interested in positively and optimally altering body composition and maximizing our training efforts, fish oils offer many advantages:

1. Has positive effects on just about any disease known to man.  Valid, well conducted studies on fish oil supplementation have demonstrated positive outcomes for those with hyperlipidemia, hypertriglyceridemia, coronary heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias hypertension, stroke, bipolar disorder, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, ulcerative colitis, Behcet’s syndrome, and Raynaud’s syndrome, weight loss, asthma, cancer, painful menses, lung diseases, hay fever, Crohn’s disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, albuminuria associated with diabetic neuropathy, restenosis after angioplasty, miscarriage, preeclampsia, preterm labor, and intrauterine growth retardation, systemic lupus erythematosus, cystic fibrosis, gingivitis, renal impairment associated with cirrhosis, hyperglycemia associated with type 2 diabetes and claudication.
 
Fish oils are also used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and dyspraxia and depression.  I’m pretty sure I missed some 🙂

 
2. Fish oils turn on the lipolytic genes and turns off lipogenic genes. That means that the genes responsible for burning fat are activated and the genes responsible for fat storage are turned off, which means there is an increased utilization of fat stores from the adipocytes.

3. Fish oils diminish C-reactive proteins. This a newly identified risk factor associated with various inflammatory diseases, including atherosclerosis, angina, coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure and diabetes. The DHA fraction of the fish oil seems to be one most responsible for that protective effect. DHA also has best ability to reduce blood pressure.

4. Reduced inflammation from physical training. EPA has the greatest effect on reducing inflammation through its downstream metabolites known as resolvins. Resolvins may be the key to the beneficial actions of fish oil in human diseases.

5. Pain management from the reduced inflammation. While fish oils reduce pain and inflammation themselves, they are also displacing other more pro-inflammatory fats out of the cell membranes, having an additive effect. When people improve their omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, they report a noticeable improvement in pain.

6. Increased focus. EPA regulates blood supply to the brain which is essential in maintaining focus in weight training sessions. DHA is important in brain membranes, memory and cognitive function.

7. Fish oils increase serotonin levels(the happy neurotransmitter).Therefore, fish oils will decrease incidence of depression, anxiety, panic attack and reduce carbohydrate cravings.

8. Fish oils will improve your cardiovascular risk profile. Fish Oils will lower VLDL, triglycerides, homocysteine, fibrinogen and increase HDL levels. Combining fish oils with plant sterols will improve lipid levels even more than either alone.

9. Fish oils can also decrease blood pressure. These include increases in the vasodilatory compound, nitric oxide, reducing vascular inflammation, blocking the constrictive elements in the vascular wall such as the calcium channels reducing blood viscosity, and inhibiting a blood vessel constrictor (thromboxane). Lipoprotein (a) is another CVD predictor that can be lowered by fish oils (a 19% reduction was seen with natural, stable fish oils and just 4% with a highly purified fish oil).

10. Fish oils are a great stress fighter .Supplementation with n-3 fatty acids inhibits the adrenal activation of steroids, aldosterone , epinephrine and norepinephrine ( catecholamines) elicited by a mental stress, apparently through effects exerted at the level of the central nervous system. Therefore, for the same amount of stress, one will produce fewer stress hormones if consuming fish oils on a regular basis.

11. Fish oils help insulin response. This means that your blood sugar won’t rise as quickly and sugar is less likely to go to your fat cells.
 
12. Fish oils reduce arterial stiffness and increase vasodilation. This benefit, which is good for both heart health and athletic performance, has been shown to take effect in 4 hours or less.