It's no secret, Anti-inflammatories and 'Omega 3' is everywhere you shop, read and view on TV and there's a good reason for that, it can be a powerful supplement for the body and not one that we, or our animals, may get enough of on a daily basis.
Not all Fish Oil/Omega 3 is created equal. Here's why...
Understanding the level of the all important Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, where the fish are from, and how the oil is purified is most important to the quality of what you are buying and how beneficial it will be to you or your animals. The quality and benefits of fish oil greatly depends on the type of fish from which you retrieve the oil. Paws and People fish oil products, use only Cod, Sardines, Anchovies, and Mackerel, from the cold waters of Iceland and Peru and never farm raised.
While you may sometimes see exaggerated information that Fish Oil is touted as nearly the cure for everything, it is a very good source for several things, especially it's anti-inflammatory properties that can provide very real benefits for both paws and peoples health. For example...did you know that there have been many recent studies regarding the benefits of high levels of EPA,1000 to 1500 mg daily, has be shown to positively help with depression? And my cat Lola...this is the absolute proof, right before my eyes, of Omega 3's amazing anti-inflammatory properties. It's not often that we are so fortunate to actually see the extreme benefit of a supplement. Typically we take supplements because we are told we should and we hope they are doing what they are promoted to do. In the case of Lola, this certainly has been the welcomed exception!
This powerful anti-inflammatory combination offers support for brain function, cardiovascular health, improved immune system and healthy skin. Below are a few of the defined benefits of this much needed healthy fat, as stated on Web M.D.:
- Elevated triglyceride levels - Fish oil supplements these unsafe levels. Having high levels of this blood fat puts you at risk for heart disease.
- Rheumatoid arthritis - EPA+DHA can curb stiffness and joint pain. Omega-3 is also reported to boost the effectiveness of anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Depression. Some researchers have found that cultures that eat foods with high levels of EPA in Omega-3s have lower levels of depression. Fish oil also seems to boost the effects of antidepressants and may help the depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder.
- ADHD. Some studies show that fish oil can reduce the symptoms of ADHD in some children and improve their mental skills, like thinking, remembering, and learning. But more research is needed in this area, and omega-3 supplements should not be used as a primary treatment.
- Asthma. A diet high in omega-3s lowers inflammation, a key component in asthma. But more studies are needed to show if fish oil supplements improve lung function or cut the amount of medication a person needs to control the condition.
Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Some research suggests that omega-3s may help protect against Alzheimer's disease and dementia, and have a positive effect on gradual memory loss linked to aging. But that's not certain yet.
Additionally, below are article links from Mayo Clinic and Harvard-Public Health which provide more research information regarding the benefits of high quality Omega 3's. We always suggest that customers educate themselves in order to make informed decisions about taking any supplements, rather than be affected by both negative and positive propaganda about the beneficial applications of fish oil. This information is for educational purposes. Nothing contained herein should be construed as medical advice.