Simple attention to lifestyle such as eating oily fish containing omega-3 fatty acids, not smoking, reducing fat in our diet and getting regular exercise will increase our chances of a long and healthy life.
Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA health benefits
Fish oil capsules might appear to be one such food supplement fad; but in this case it looks as though the claims are well founded.
- Prevent heart disease
It was back in the 1970s when we first observed that the Greenland Eskimos had low levels of heart disease despite their eating a high fat, high cholesterol diet, and being heavy smokers.
- Best sources of EPA and DHA
Fish oil contains chemicals called omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. These chemicals are conveniently abbreviated to DHA and EPA.
- Healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
They lower the levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood, and they reduce the blood levels of various inflammation causing chemicals.
- Help for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers
Possible beneficial effects in treating diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
- Prevent blood clots and associated illnesses, like stroke
The omega 3 fatty acids also have an anti-clotting effect similar to that of low dose aspirin.