Fish oil is extracted from the tissue of fish and is mostly obtained from fatty fish such as mackerel, tuna, anchovies, herring or sardines. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends eating one or two portions of fish every week. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish that provide many health benefits are EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). If you do not want to eat fish or don’t have access to it, you may want to try a fish oil supplement. When buying a supplement make sure to check the label and choose one with sustainability and purity certifications. It should contain 500mg of DHA and EPA to 1000mg of oil. Studies seem to show that eating fresh fish is better for your health than taking fish oil supplements.
One of the leading causes of death worldwide is heart disease. Many studies have revealed that people who eat fish have a lower risk of heart disease. Fish oil may not be able to prevent heart disease or stroke, but it can reduce the associated risks. Fish oil increases levels of good cholesterol reduces blood pressure, lowers triglycerides and prevents plaque from forming in arteries and hardening them. In people who already have arterial plaques, it helps to make them more stable. It may also reduce abnormal heart rhythms that have been known to bring on heart attacks in some cases.
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