There are countless dietary supplements on the market today that claim specific or wide-ranging health benefits.
Most of them actually do offer varying degrees of value to human health, but fish oil offers what the body cannot produce on its own.
EPA and DHA (Eicosapentaenoic and Docosahexaenoic acids) are two essential nutrients that must be provided by the food you eat or a supplement containing them.
Fish oil contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), which have been shown by many confirmed reports to have numerous and extremely beneficial effects on human health.
The regulation of cholesterol levels is one of the best-known and most firmly established attributes of omega-3, followed closely by its anti-inflammatory properties.
Omega-3 fatty acids are credited with significant improvement in arthritis sufferers.
Fish oil containing these essential fatty acids is highly recommended for the prevention of secondary cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, among many other diseases relating to the heart.
It has also been associated with a decreased risk of several types of cancer, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia, and the list goes on. Studies are ongoing, but at this time the indications are that omega-3 can be effective in alleviating or preventing an astonishing range of human ills.
The optimal source for omega-3 fatty acids is the oil derived from fish, and its production has become a huge industry. When you look at the many products available from various manufacturers, it is advisable to do some research. Read labels carefully; take note of the percentage of EPA and DHA, and whether the product has been purified of toxins, namely mercury.