Everything you need to know about fish oil

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Of all the supplements that are available, fish oil would be one that I prescribe most frequently in my nutrition practice. Known for its range of health benefits including lowering triglycerides, blood pressure and inflammation in the body, few of us get an optimal amount of long chain fish oil in our diets on a daily basis.

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Fish oil refers to supplementary capsules that are made from long chain fats that are primarily found in the flesh of deep sea, cold water fish including tuna, mackerel, Atlantic salmon and sardines. These essential fats play a key role in regulation inflammatory pathways in the body. It is hypothesised that modern diets which feature relatively low amounts of these essential fats compared to the amounts consumed thousands of years ago somewhat explain the rise of inflammatory conditions including Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Nutritionally when it comes to the types of fats we consume, there are 3 main types – saturated fats found naturally in meat and dairy as well as added to processed and fried foods. Monounsaturated fats found primarily in nuts, olive oil and avocado and polyunsaturated fats found in some nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and then in their long chain form in deep sea cold water fish. While the body requires a certain amount of fat each day, it is the types of fats that is of greatest interest from a health perspective as from a cellular perspective the different types of fats compete for uptake into the cell.

Generally speaking modern diets see an influx of saturated fats and even monounsaturated fats which basically ‘drown out’ the long chain omega 3 fats. So unless you are eating fresh salmon most days, chances are you are getting nowhere near the 1-2g of fish oils known to help even out this ratio of fats to give you the health benefits associated with an optimal intake of the these fats.

Screen Shot 2016-07-21 at 3.33.56 PMIt is for this reason that committing to taking a daily fish oil supplement can be a much needed daily boost of omega 3 fats. D&X Odourless High Strength Wild Fish Oil* contains 300mg of the long chain fats EPA and DHA meaning that a daily dose of 2-3 capsules will give you a massive 1g of long chain fish oil linked to a number of positive health outcomes. And most importantly, it is odourless so no need to worry about a nasty aftertaste so you can take them at any time of the day or night when you are most likely to remember to take them.

To learn more about D&X Odourless High Strength Wild Fish Oil including where to buy or any of the other products in the D&X range, click here.

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