What are Fish Oils
Fish oils are lipids found in fish, particularly cold water fish as well as other marine life. Fish oils are rich sources of polyunsaturated fatty acids. The most studied fish oils are the eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA is a vital component of the phospholipids of human cellular membranes, especially those in the brain and retina.
Research has shown that fish oils have the ability to lower triglycerides, reduce inflammation as well as having anti-thrombotic and immunomodulatory action.
Fish Oil Benefits and Research on Fish Oils
The EPA and DHA in fish oils not only lowers elevated triglyceride levels, but have shown to have anti-arrhythmic properties for heart patients. When fish oils are combined with garlic powder they produced the following results: 34.3% lowering of triglycerides, 12% lowering of total cholesterol, 9.5% decrease in LDL cholesterol, 16% decrease in the total cholesterol over HDL-cholesterol and a 19% decrease in the LDL-cholesterol ratio.
Daily consumption of fish oils with EPA and DHA for a period of 12 weeks or longer were found to diminish the number of painful joints as well as morning stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Specific studies with fish oils have shown to reduce the systolic and diastolic blood pressures with untreated high blood pressure. Another study with patients on fish oils revealed a lower rate (13.9%) of restenosis for three months to one year following the angioplasty. Subjects that were given fish oils after experiencing a heart attack significantly lowered the risk of sudden cardiac death.
A one year study of patients with Crohn,s disease revealed taking EPA and DHA supplements had significant lower relapse rates. Supplementation of fish oils in subjects with ulcerative colitis have shown some improvement as well.
A four month study of 30 subjects with bipolar disorder compared the effects of fish oils and placebo. The study showed improvement in the short term course and had longer periods of remission.
Cautions should be noted for those taking coumadin or blood thinning medications. Interactions may occur with those taking aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which may lead to bruising or nosebleeds.
this article on fish oils is informational and not to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition