This is an educational site for anyone looking for information on fish oil. The information here should not be a substitute for expert medical advice and should not be taken over the advice of a physician.
What is a fish oil?
Fish oil is oil derived from the tissues of oily fish. This oil naturally contains the Omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Because the oil is so high in Omega-3, fish oil is now recommended for a healthy diet. Eating fish can be very beneficial to one's diet, however, it can often be high in mercury. Unfortunately fish often can contain other contaminants like Chlordane, especially those at the top of the food chain like Shark, Swordfish, King Macerel, and Tilefish.
It is said by some experts that any form of fish oil can have many health benefits. Because of the high levels of Omega 3 a supplement of fish oil can reduce cholesterol, reduce imflammation, as well as have positive effects on body composition. However, it is also recommended that tje source of fish oil come from the actual flesh of the fish rather than the liver. A fish's liver, like those from which cod liver oil is derived, may contain toxic doses Vitamin A. The AHA (American Heart Association) recommends the consumption of 1g of fish oil on a daily basis for patients with coronary heart disease. The source should optimally be from eating fish.
There are three conditions for which fish oil, as well as other sources high in omega-3 are highly recommended: Hypertriglyceridemia, Secondary cardiovascular disease prevention and High blood pressure. There are other reasons to supplement ones' diet with sources of omega-3 (like fish oil), however there can be side effects. The side effects include increased risk of bleeding.
Please use the menu to left to browse the various aspects of fish oil. In most cases fish oil will have health benefits when added as a supplement to one's diet, especially for those whose diet is low in fish flesh. However, make sure that the fish oil you use is pharaceutical grade. If it doesn't say so on the label, or if you can substantially taste it, do not take it. The best source of fish oil comes from the skin of the fish, rather than the organs. It is important to ensure the quality of the fish oil.