There are numerous supplements on the market. Some of them work, and some of them do not. Some supplements are so powerful that they can be used as a prescription drug.
Fish oil may be the best supplement in the word. Fish oil may have a profoundly positive effect on many conditions:
The benefits are derived from the Omega 3 fatty acids within the fish oil. The Omega 3 fatty acids in vegetable oils such as flax seed oil are different then those in fish oil. Medical research shows the type of omega 3s in vegetable products are not as effective as in fish oil.
It is believed that the beneficial components of fish oil are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
EPA is believed to be more anti-inflammatory where DHA is thought to be more helpful in brain and eye health. DHA can also be converted to EPA by the body.
When taking fish oil, it is important to make sure the fish oil is free of mercury and other contaminations. It is important to look at the quantity of EPA and SHA in a capsule. Some 1-gram capsules have only 300 milligrams of combined EPA/DHA while others have 900mg EPA/DHA in a one gram capsule.
Fish oil can reduce blood clotting and generally should not be combined with anti-coagulant (blood thinner) medications such as coumadin.
While we love fish oil, ask your physician if fish oil or any supplement is safe for you—especially if you take any type of anticoagulant medication as fish oil could increase the risk of bleeding.
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