I’m not super big on supplements – I believe that a healthy and whole diet should encompass everything we need to keep our bodies functioning properly. That being said, I’ve used/tried/experimented with many supplements. Part of the job as naturopathic student, I suppose. I find it much more efficient to learn by trial-and-error – and before I have to start recommending products and brands to my patients I want to make sure I have a solid understanding of the products that are available.
One of my favourite supplements that hasn’t left my side for years is fish oil. Sounds gross, I know, but the benefits of fish oil are so vast that everyone could probably benefit from taking it. Every cell in our body needs fat, something a lot of people are still afraid to have in their diets. Fish oil represents the omega-3 polyunsaturated fats that we need in our diet. Some benefits of adding fish oil into your daily routine are:
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Decreased triglycerides and increase HDL cholesterol (improving the cholesterol balance in our bodies)
- Improve overall mood in both adults and children
- Effective use in treatment of depression, bipolar, ADHD, schizophrenia, anxiety, and neurodegenerative disorders
- Anti-inflammatory in conditions such as, but not limited to, arthritis, lupus, asthma, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), eczema
- In pregnancy and lactation to ensure baby is receiving an adequate amount of DHA for brain development
Already taking a fish oil supplement? Grab your bottle and check out the dose. If you were prescribed this supplement by your naturopath then you are likely already receiving the correct dose. However, I find that fish oil sold at most health food/grocery stores has such a low dose you would need to take 6-8 pills a day in order to achieve the adequate amount of EPA/DHA. Each condition is different, but for general health promotion a 2:1 EPA to DHA ratio (so double the amount of EPA than DHA) is adequate, with atleast 1000mg of EPA per day. You should also keep your fish oil stored in a dark bottle, out of direct sunlight and typically in the fridge to ensure there is no breakdown of the fats.
Want to ease those stiff joints or clear up your skin, then add a fish oil supplement to your day!
Disclaimer: Remember that the advice given in this blog is not intended as medical advice. All health concerns should be discussed with your general practitioner before adjusting medications or supplements.
In love & health,