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Fish Oil Offers Benefits for GI Health

Wild salmon is one of the best sources of Omega oils.

When we think of eating fats, we tend to automatically think they are bad for us because that is often what we have been taught. However, there are good fats too, known as omega oils, that are found in some fish, nuts, plants, and seeds. These “good” fats are not only great for us but they are also essential to our health. The reason they are known as essential fatty acids is because we need them and our body does not produce them on their own.

Fish oil has gotten a lot of publicity over the last three or four years for good reason. The benefits of adding fish oil into your daily diet are numerous, but some of the biggest benefits are:

  • Improves digestive health, now we’re talking!
  • Helps boost brain function; we all could use a boost!
  • Protects the cardiology system
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • Helps reduce inflammation

Wild salmon is one of the best sources of Omega oils but here are a few other foods that are rich in omega-3 fats and could also give your GI health a boost:

  • Flax Seed, ground
  • Walnuts
  • Sardines
  • Grass-fed Beef

It is recommended by The American Heart Association to eat at least two servings of fatty fish a week. Fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids are: salmon, albacore tuna, sardines, herring, lake trout, and mackerel.

If you are not eating fresh fish twice a week, you may want to consider taking fish oil as a supplement to your regular diet. Adding fish oil to your daily diet will add lubrication to the bowels to help keep food moving through the bowels smoothly. The Omega oils also help nourish the cells in the lining of the intestine. This helps to give strength to the intestinal lining which helps prevent harmful toxins from leaking into your bloodstream.

To get the most benefits, there are a few things to look for when purchasing fish oil. Make sure to find a formula that is highly concentrated and clean with high amounts of DHA and EPA. It is important to look for enteric-coated capsules as they help get the essential oils into the intestines and help lessen the fishy aftertaste that is one of the complaints of taking fish oil. If you decide that you would like to add fish oil to your diet, it is best to talk to your doctor first to help determine the proper dosage.

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