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IF I told you that one cheap pill could boost your brain power, protect you from heart disease and cancer, and even alleviate depression, all with no known side effects, would you want it? Who wouldn't?
You've probably heard of the pill's main ingredient: omega-3, a substance found in fish oil and other natural products (see diagram). If the flood of headlines and adverts from food and supplement manufacturers are to be believed, you need only boost your intake of omega-3 and all these benefits will be yours.
"It might work in some groups of people, but not necessarily for all," Lee Hooper says.
"We concluded that the evidence is somewhere between probable and convincing that omega-3s can protect you from cardiovascular disease."
Germans, he found, eat less than 10 kilograms of fish per person per year, and 5 per cent are depressed. By contrast, the Japanese eat around 65 kilograms, and less than 1 per cent of them are depressed. This has led some researchers to suggest that omega-3 supplements could be used to cure depression.
"There is evidence that omega-3s' anti-inflammatory properties remove morning stiffness and reduce the amount of anti-inflammatory drugs needed," said Hooper
Even if evidence does eventually emerge to suggest that boosting your baseline level of omega-3s can provide clear-cut health and lifestyle benefits, it's highly unlikely that there would be enough fish to provide omega-3s for the planet's burgeoning population. And Sanders thinks it's probably fine to rely on our natural capacity for converting omega-3s from plants into the long-chain omega-3s that fish oil is so rich in.
Originally posted by TV_Nation
Fish Oil is obviously not a cure all supplement but it does have benefits.
I started taking fish oil daily and found that it helped my skin look better and also greatly reduced the pain in my knees when I run.
Could be a placebo effect but I think I'll keep taking them
I started taking fish oil daily and found that it helped my skin look better and also greatly reduced the pain in my knees when I run. Could be a placebo effect but I think I'll keep taking them
For knee pain, or joint pain in general, I recommend taking Glucosamine Hydrochloride or Glucosamine Sulfate. I started taking that stuff about a year ago and it's fantastic.
However, I don't completely trust the the capsules. I think the use of oils directly, are likely much better quality and of much better health benefit over all.
Originally posted by LadySkadiHowever, I don't completely trust the the capsules. I think the use of oils directly, are likely much better quality and of much better health benefit over all.
Originally posted by LadySkadi
reply to post by plumranch
I think the use of oils directly, are likely much better quality and of much better health benefit over all.
- nutiva.com - Hemp FAQ (Full disclosure: This company sells hemp protein, I don't have an unbiased source)
Q. Why is hemp so nutritious?
A. Hemp oil contains the most essential fatty acids (EFAs) of any nut or seed oil, with the omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs occurring in the nutritionally optimal 1:3 ratio.
Originally posted by whaaa
I know this can't be proven scientifically but...
I have found that when I take Omega 3, I can swim much faster, farther and longer.
Originally posted by JohnnyTHSeed
I have been supplementing my post-workout fruit smoothies with hemp protein. It is full of Omega 3's, 6's, & 9's, fiber, and some other goodies.
Originally posted by plumranch
reply to post by TV_Nation
One of the problems that women complain about is a bad fishy taste after taking the tablets but that can be alleviated by taking peppermint flavored fish tablets which are also widely available. Not often a problem for some reason with men.