Here is a great article I wrote and had a recent request for regarding the benefits and importance of fish oil. Enjoy! Post questions, comments, concerns, etc.
Not a Supplement, a Necessity!
There are so many supplements on the market today that it can be more than just a little confusing in deciding which, if any, are effective and needed. Well I am here today to tell you of one that is vital, especially if your goal is to be leaner, and healthier. What is this amazing miracle supplement you ask? It is fish oil, yes fish oil is an amazing supplement that plays several vital roles in the body and I will give just a few for you.
Cell Membrane Health- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) make sure that cell membranes stay healthy. The membranes are flexible and contain many numbers of insulin receptors that are more receptive and responsive to circulating insulin. This equals decreased fat storage in adipocytes (fat cells.)
Fish oils turn on the lipolytic genes (fat burning genes.)
Fish oils turn off the lipogenic genes (fat storage genes.)
Increase the utilization of fat stores from the fat cells.
Reduced Inflammation from physical training and exercise.
Pain management from the reduced inflammation.
EPA regulates bloody supply to the brain that is essential in the maintenance of focus in strength training sessions. DHA is important in brain membranes, memory and cognitive function.
Fish oils increase serotonin levels (the happy neurotransmitter). Therefore, fish oils can reduce bouts of depression, panic attacks, and reduce carbohydrate cravings.
Fish oils will improve your cardiovascular risk profile by lowering VLDL, triglycerides, homocysteine, fibrinogen, and help increase HDL levels.
Finally, fish oils are a great stress fighter. Supplementing with n-3 fatty acids inhibits the adrenal activation of certain hormones that can lead to mental stress.
There you have it, ten reasons to take fish oils. It is available at any health food store and the brands along with price will vary. Just make sure it has EPA and DHA and you will be on the right track. Also, with any oil, if left out at room temperature it can become rancid so make sure to keep it refrigerated.