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Fish oil can be obtained by eating fish or taking supplements. Fish that are especially rich in the beneficial oils known as omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, herring, tuna, salmon, cod liver, whale blubber, and seal blubber. Two of the most important omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
Certain fish oil is used as a prescription medicine to lower triglycerides levels.
Fish oil is most often used in supplements for conditions related to the heart and blood system. Fish oil is also used for many kidney-related problems. Fish may have earned its reputation as "brain food" because some people eat fish to help with various conditions linked with nerve and brain function. Some people use fish oil for eye conditions that can lead to blindness. Fish oil supplements have also been tried for many other conditions.
Do not confuse fish oil with EPA, DHA, cod liver oil, or shark liver oil.
How does it work?
A lot of the benefit of fish oil seems to come from the omega-3 fatty acids that it contains. Interestingly, the body does not produce its own omega-3 fatty acids. Nor can the body make omega-3 fatty acids from omega-6 fatty acids, which are common in the Western diet. A lot of research has been done on EPA and DHA, two types of omega-3 acids that are often included in fish oil supplements.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce pain and swelling. This may explain why fish oil is likely effective for psoriasis and dry eyes. These fatty acids also prevent the blood from clotting easily. This might explain why fish oil is helpful for some heart conditions.
Uses & Effectiveness
Mainly effective for
High levels of fats called triglycerides in the blood (hypertriglyceridemia). Most research shows that fish oil can reduce triglyceride levels by 20% to 50%. The effects of fish oil are greater in people with higher triglyceride levels. Also, taking larger amounts of fish oil result reduce triglyceride levels by a greater amount. But fish oil seems to have a smaller effect compared to drugs called fibrates.