Nutrition – Fatty Acids

When you think of nutrition and you think of Omega-3 and Omega-6 you are thinking fatty acids or fish oil.The Mayo Clinic says “Omega-3 fatty acids are derived from food. They can’t be manufactured in the body… People take fish oil to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, to treat high triglycerides and high blood pressure, and to improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.” How effective are they in helping you to be healthier? Depends on the results of the particular studey that you read. What do I think about them? I take them. They’re cheap. I don’t believe they can hurt me in reasonable doses. I don’t take them with any regularity. There are s group of supplements/vitamins that I take which come in the form of caplets. I take them periodically (one to three times a week) as opposed to the multivitamins and other forms of nutritional supplements that come in the form of tablets that I crush up and add to my hydration routine. In simple terms, I crush up supplement tablets with a mortar and pestle and add the powder to my drinks.

From my perspective, there’s no reason not to be aware of fish oil supplements. Most people who have given some thought to the subject tend to believe that they can contribute to one’s overall health. From my point of view, there’s no real reason to ignore them completely and there’s enough research out there to justify their use.

From Google Search:

“The body doesn’t produce fatty acids, so researchers recommend healthy people consume 500 milligrams daily of EPA plus DHA, and people with known heart disease or heart failure should aim for nearly twice that amount (at least 800 to 1,000 milligrams daily)” – WebMD

“Overall, most of these organizations recommend a minimum of 250–500 mg combined EPA and DHA each day for healthy adults ( 2 , 3, 4 ). However, higher amounts are often recommended for certain health conditions.” – Healthline

“Although it has been proposed that DHA is more beneficial in terms of its anti-inflammatory effects as shown in various cellular models [39], it has been reported that supplementation with EPA/DHA at ratios of 1:1 and 2:1 reduces the inflammatory C reactive protein index more significantly than the ratio of 1:2 [13].” – National Institutes of Health

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – National Institutes of Health