Fish oil, improved health and a better looking body

Posted: November 2, 2012 in Uncategorized
This started out as a facebook status but kinda went beyond the length of any status I have ever seen so I decided to drop it into a blog post.

I don’t take many supplements and never really have.  I am an advocate of a healthy diet and only supplement areas that I feel (based on information that I read and some from my own experience of how my body works) need to be enhanced.  These include a multivitamin (without vit D), a separate Vit D supplement, magnesium, Branched chain amino acids (for workouts only) and fish oil. 

If I could only take one of these it would be fish oil (or for the veggies out there something rich in omega 3’s like flaxseed oil).  A ratio of omega 6: Omega 3 of 1:1 is an indicator for lower risks of cardiovascular disease and certain forms of cancers.  Omega 3’s are the most potent natural anti-inflammatory source we can provide in our diets. Clients of mine with chronic inflammation related to injuries or surgeries (especially around joints) all comment on the reduction of inflammation and swelling around those areas when on a high dosing protocol of fish oil.  
Most western diets have a ratio of around 15:1 omega 6 to omega 3, its our job to combat that!  Take a read of the abstract and conclusion of this wordy but fascinating study on the importance of a healthy ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 relation to cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.
And if your health wasn’t enough of an incentive to sort out your ratio’s here is another study highlighting the benefits of taking fish oil on lean body mass and levels of body fat. To quote the discussion points at the end;
‘The results of this study showed that 6 weeks of supplemental fish oil significantly increased lean mass, and significantly reduced fat mass in healthy adults.’  
More muscle and less fat?  And a decrease in cardiovascular risks all from a simple supplement? Yep.
Thats right, eat fat to lose fat, it’s not the devil we are told it is

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