Fish oil obtained from the tissues of fish contains important Omega-3 a poly unsaturated fatty acid. Fish oil containing these fatty acids has got many health benefits and therefore eating fish improves general health. Some times fish may have high content of mercury and some may contain contaminants like chlordane How ever there are many health benefits.
- Reduces Cholesterol.
- Inhibits cervical and prostate cancer.
- Prevents sun burn.
- Along with propofol fish oil is used to treat breast cancer.
- Helps to build up strong immune system.
Omega-3 fatty acids are a form of poly unsaturated fats. All poly unsaturated fats including omega-3 are considered good for health. Contrary to this eating foods that contain saturated fatty acid are injurious to health and produce cardio vascular diseases or even cancer.
What are the other sources for poly unsaturated fats?
- Whole wheat grains
- Pea nut butter
- Sun flower seeds and oil- contains Omega-6
- Hemp seed
- Leafy greens
Processing and heating damage poly unsaturated fats and render them injurious to health. This should be remembered. Long term use of fish oil supplements may produce side effects like stomach upset and gastro intestinal disorders. So, one must be careful in prolonged usage of fish oil supplements. They should be used under medical guidance.
A latest research revealed that fish oil when administered intravenously in ICU patients improved their general health and cut the hospital stay compared with the patients not given the fish oil. The omega-3 fatty acids in the fish oil helped to reduce inflammation in the lungs and improved the gas exchange and helped to recover faster.
Research from the University of Southampton conducted on 23 patients suffering with sepsis showed the effects of fish oil in the normal nutrient solution. They found that the patients given fish oil were recovered faster and discharged from the hospital early than the control group not administered fish oil. They reported that fish oil when administered intravenously supplies energy, essential building blocks and also provided bio active fatty acids.