The federal advisory committee which wrote the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 advises adults to eat about 8 jots of a range of seafood every week.
This guideline is intended to provide you with healthy amounts of two the essential omega-3 fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA).
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health,these nutrients play important roles in brain function, normal growth and development, metabolism and curbing inflammation. Our bodies can’t synthesize these fatty acids so we must consume them.
Fatty fish including mackerel and sardines, are rich in both DHA and EPA.
Many people prefer to hack the process by taking fish oil supplements, despite the plentiful options for adding DHA and EPA to our diet.
Preston Mason, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and president of Elucida Research, a biotechnology research company, said “ A lot of people don’t know why they take fish oil.”
Fish oil cures what ails you
Citizens of Germany and Britain used cod liver oil to treat rickets, rheumatism, gout and tuberculosis during the 18th century.
It is widely believed that fishermen of earlier centuries commonly used oils for a range of conditions including wounds, body aches, the common cold and skin diseases.
Fish oil supplements during pregnancy do not prevent postpartum depression
The authors attributed their study’s silver lining to DHA, which benefits the cardiovascular and neurological systems, and the other disappointing results to overinflated claims from two past studies.
One study looked at a mother’s seafood consumption and a child’s verbal IQ score, while the second study looked at a mother’s seafood consumption and depressive symptoms during pregnancy. But both of these studies involved the benefits of seafood rather than fish oil itself.
Via CNN Health
Fish oil eases ADHD symptoms and lessens baby colds
Fish oil supplements, particularly those with higher doses of EPA, were found to be “modestly effective” in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Yale Child Study Center researchers found “a small but significant effect” demonstrated by omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, after reviewing and analyzing 10 clinical trials involving 699 participants.
Also the authors found that supplementation treated symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity.
Fish oil might help the brain stay young and heal traumatic brain injury
Lead author Dr. Zaldy S. Tan and his colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles looked at circulating levels of DHA and EPA in the blood of 1,575 people. Accelerated brain aging is more likely to occur in people who eat diets short on omega-3 fatty acids — the kind found in fish oil.
They discovered that those participants who scored in the bottom 25% on various mental tests had lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their blood and lower brain volumes — what equates to about two years of brain aging.
The addition of omega-3s to any diet would be healpful to an individuals health status.