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How Omega 3 Oils Benefit You For A Lifetime

Aug 17, 2007
Science shows the benefits of fish oil with omega 3 only ends when you do. In other words, Omega 3 oils with EPA and DHA can contribute to better health your whole life long - from birth to death.

It all started in Greenland in the 70's when scientists studied the Eskimos to find out why they rarely got heart disease. The doctors finally figured out that it was because of all the fatty fish they were eating - more specifically, the essential omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. What's more, over time they discovered these miracle workers keep on working for a person's entire lifetime.

Let's begin before the beginning. If couples take omega 3 fish oil prior to conception, they have a better chance of conceiving and having a healthy baby. I've seen this over and over again with women who've been having trouble getting pregnant. Once they both start taking omega 3 fish oil with EPA and DHA, fertility vastly improves. And after conception, the percentage of full term pregnancies with fewer complications was also higher.

While in the womb the fetus needs the nutrients from fish oil (that Mom's taking) for both brain development and building a strong nervous system. And Mom benefits from the omega 3 EPA and DHA too, since it helps protect her from a major pregnancy problem - pre-eclampsia (pregnancy-related high blood pressure).

After birth, the mother will have much less chance of post-partum depression, if she's taking her omega 3s. And the EPA and DHA is still necessary to the newborn (through nursing) for further brain development. Plus, these essential oils help protect the child from several major childhood problems - juvenile diabetes (type 1), asthma and ADD or ADHD.

As you can see, the nutrients from fish oil are essential to good health. Experts now realize that about 70% of a baby's brain (and 60% of Mom's brain) are made up of EPA and DHA. So, omega 3 fish oil contributes to both the mother and her baby's physical, emotional and mental health. Thats a great beginning!

And, what's really exciting is these benefits don't end here. These essential nutrients benefit people throughout their entire lifetime. EPA and DHA continue to nourish the brain and even help protect against Alzheimer's disease. And, if you don't remember what I just said, you better go take your fish oil immediately!

Omega 3 fish oil has been shown to dramatically effect people's mood in many positive ways (besides protecting against post partum depression and Alzheimer's). Studies show EPA and DHA greatly lowers the incidence of depression, PMS and bi-polar disorder. Plus, there are even indications that optimum levels can reduce schizophrenia and tendencies towards suicide.

Most people are already aware that, because of the strong anti-inflammatory properties of cold water fish, omega 3 EPA and DHA has a dramatic effect on reducing inflammation. This adds up to much less incidence of all autoimmune and inflammatory diseases - arthritis, cystitis, bursitis, colitis or anything else ending in "itis." Clinical trials show omega 3 fish oil can greatly reduce the pain without the negative side effects of drugs.

But, let's get right down to the "heart" of the matter. Numerous studies prove that EPA and DHA are very beneficial in both protecting against heart disease and treating it. It helps lower blood pressure, reduce triglyceride, prevent blood clotting, improve cholesterol and minimize arrhythmia. So those who get plenty of high quality fish oil have less chance of heart attack or stroke.

But wait, there's more. The fatty acids from fish oil also help protect against diabetes - both type 1 (juvenile onset) and type 2. And there's even evidence that omega 3 EPA and DHA can decrease the incidence of cancer of the breast and prostrate and increase the survival rate of terminally ill cancer patients.

I could go on and on. But, I won't. Because you just might be among the 85% of Americans who're deficient in omega 3 fatty acids and you're probably anxious to get started with all these benefits. The National Institutes of Health recommends 650 mg a day of balanced fish oil or 1000 mg daily for pregnant women and nursing mothers.

So, if you value your well being, I strongly recommend you start taking omega 3 fish oil capsules ASAP. It's also a good idea to eat fatty fish from unpolluted waters whenever possible. To live a long, happy, healthy life, be sure you get the full benefit of omega 3 fish oil fatty acids throughout your whole lifetime.
About the Author
Over the past 18 years, Michael Byrd has helped thousands of people to look younger, feel better and have more energy - naturally. To find out more about the incredible omega 3 benefits and the things to watch out for when using omega 3 oils, visit him at http://www.squidoo.com/omega 3sources
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