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Fish Oil Benefits and Your Health

by Vin Kutty, MS on March 23, 2010

Fish Oil Benefits come from the Omega-3 fats naturally found in fish oil.
Benefits are not limited to your heart health.

Scientifically Proven Fish Oil Benefits

How much fish oil do YOU need? Read more about fish oil dosage here.

Fish oil benefits your entire body, not just your heart.
But how can one nutrient do so much?
Well, Omega-3 does not “fix” or “cure” anything.

Your body needs Omega-3 for almost every function. When you are deficient in Omega-3, diseases start to creep in. Getting enough Omega-3 from fish oil just allows your body to go back to working normally.

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Because it is the only fish oil pill with 1105 mg of Omega-3.

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Fish Oil Benefits
Heart Health

Fish oil helps:

  1. Promote healthy heart beat
  2. Moderate growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque
  3. Naturally balance triglycerides, an important heart health marker

This is why the American Heart Association recommends that you take 1000 mg of Omega-3 everyday.
Joint Care
Omega-3 is a powerful anti-inflammatory for your joints.

Omega-3:

  1. Reduces joint discomfort
  2. Reduces morning stiffness
  3. Helps reduces the amount of painkillers needed
  4. Reduces enzymes that destroy cartilage
  5. Increases grip strength
  6. Enhances walking pace

Brain Health
More than half the fats in the brain is Omega-3 DHA. And the lining of the nerve cells in the brain is lined with Omega-3.  So, brain performance & function (cognition) is strongly influenced by the amount of Omega-3 in your diet.

Increased levels of Omega-3 helps:

  1. Enhance memory
  2. Support thinking speed
  3. Increase overall cognition
  4. Manage age-related brain decline

Mood
EPA Omega-3 is crucial in maintaining mood health. In several studies, EPA has been found to be as effective as prescription anti-depressants.

Several studies have shown that persons with depression have low Omega-3 levels and high Omega-6 levels.


This is why Omega-3 Has Become a Buzzword.

  1. Major health organizations want you to take Omega-3:
    • American Heart Association (AHA)
    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    • National Institute of Health (NIH)
    • World Health Organization (WHO)
    • Even the White House is recommending Omega-3
  2. Solid scientific proof for health benefits
  3. Media coverage

New research and studies are constantly unearthing additional fish oil benefits.
Visit OmegaVia Blog to stay up-to-date with the latest science.


DISCLAIMER: This website is for your education and general health information only. The ideas and suggestions contained on this website are not to be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment from your doctor for any health condition or problem. Users of this website should not rely on information provided on this website for their own health problems. Any questions regarding your own health should be addressed to your own physician.
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ollie March 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm

What if u were told by one of a bootcamp member to take 25 fish oil tabs a day what would u think?????

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Vin Kutty March 23, 2013 at 12:39 am

Ollie – the only time it is OK to take 25 fish oil pills is right after a stroke, brain injury or immediately after a mining injury or something like that. Unless this bootcamp is for brain trauma survivors, you may want to rethink this approach.

– Vin Kutty

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Ana Ortega March 25, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Good Morning I have a question..
Im 20 Years old im 130 pounds (normal size) im not healthy at all. I dont like Veggies I eat alot of junk food, I want my hair to grow super long (b.c its short) I want my skin to be clear (I break out alot) && also would like my nails to grow too! Which fish oil pill you reccomend me buying at the drug store or herb mart, I dont care how much its costs i just really want a Great pill that will make my Hair grow long.. overall! thank you!!

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Vin Kutty March 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Hi Ana – I have bad news for you. There is no pill that will undo the damage of bad diet, lack of sleep or high-stress lifestyle. Since you’re only 20, lack of sleep and high stress is something your body can handle a little better than a bad diet. Again, no pill can outrun poor dietary choices.

– Vin Kutty

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sugarcat May 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm

first of all if you eat lousy you are going to look and feel the same. forget the long hair, or healthy hair for that matter cause unless you change some of your eating habits you are in for a rocky road as you get older. I would suggest you start with a real good multi vitamin mineral supplement. you can’t get what you’re looking for with just a fish pill. ALIVE by natures way if a good whole food multi that’s reasonably priced to start with. its a whole food supplement. walmart sells it as will as a good fish oil softgel. or you can get it online. if you don’t like vegetables get a little blender and do some combinations. they taste really good and its instant nutrition. cmbining fruits and vegetables gets the best taste. you will also need extra potassium, magnesium, calcium citrate, vitamin c and zinc. and I would also get a good eye vitamin. puritans pride has one called VISION 20/20. you would be amazed at how poor eating habits will effect your eyes. it won’t happen next week but you can be sure IT WILL HAPPEN. if you don’t end up with cancer I would be surprised cause the junk foods has a lot of bad things added to it. as does processed foods. start adding foods you don’t like and don’t eat one at a time and when you get that incorporated into your diet good add something else. believe me you don’t want to continue on the path you are on.

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Amy K April 6, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I just received my prime-mail prescription of Lovaza. I was shocked to see my portion of the bill!! When my dr. told me it was a “tad” more expensive than what I was taking before, I did not expect a 300% increase! This first shipment is being chalked up to a live and learn experience. I cannot afford to continue with Lovaza after this first 90 days is gone. My triglycerides need regulation. My current Lovaza dosage is 2 1GM capsules twice daily. What dosage Omegavia would you suggest if I want to try that next?

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Vin Kutty April 8, 2013 at 3:19 am

Hi Amy – the recommended dosage for triglycerides is 3000 to 4000 mg of Omega-3 per day, which translates to 3 or 4 pills per day of OmegaVia.

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Jarret June 6, 2013 at 1:19 am

Hi Vin. I’ve read a lot of articles saying it’s important to take a higher quality fish oil. Could you recommend a few brands I would be able to purchase (Preferably from a store but online recommendations I’d also appreciate). Thank you for the information.

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Vin Kutty June 6, 2013 at 5:17 am
RWM August 26, 2013 at 10:02 am

Vin, the omega-3 in Omega XL (glorified in the Larry King Infomercial) is made from the green-lipped mussel harvested in New Zealand. Are you aware of any advantages of omega-3 derived from the green-lipped mussel as opposed to the omega-3 derived from fish oil?

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Vin Kutty August 26, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Hi RWM – no, the Omega-3 found in green lipped mussels are not notably different from fish oil krill. Some of the ratios may be a little different. These mussels do contain some other potentially anti-inflammatory components that may or may not be included in Omega XL or one of the several other green lipped mussel products. Like krill, the oil is very weak in Omega-3. And like krill, the perceived benefits may be coming from the non-Omega-3 components. Unlike krill, which is gradually building a body of scientific evidence, this stuff is mostly clouded in fog and mystery. I maintain that green lipped mussel works for people because of the other stuff that’s not declared on the label. There’s not enough Omega-3 to make dramatic improvement in health. That’s OK – I’d just like to know what the ‘other stuff’ is and how much is in each pill.

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RWM August 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

I’ve managed to ferret out that the Omega XL folks claim the product contains thirty fatty acids in each capsule: Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), Alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA), Palmitic acid, Palmitoleic acid, Stearic acid, Vaccenic acid, Linoleic acid (an omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid), Linoelaidic acid (an omega-6 trans fatty acid), Oleic acid (an omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acid), Nervonic acid (an omega-9 monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid), Arachidonic acid (AA), Docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), Heptadecanoic acid, Eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA), Arachidic acid, Elaidic acid, Linolenic acid (GLA), Gadoleic acid, Eicosadienoic acid (EDA), Behenic acid, Tricosanoic acid, Butyric acid, Caprylic acid, Capric acid, Undecanoic acid, Lauric acid, Pentadecanoic acid, and Myristic acid.

Which of these fatty acids would you characerize as beneficial and which would you characterize as harmful or not beneficial?

Are any or all of these fatty acids present in omega-3 fish oil?

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Vin Kutty August 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Hi RWM – Palmitic acid is a potential heart problem. It is found as a ‘contaminant’ in Seabuckthorn Omega-7 oils. Arachidonic acid is highly inflammatory and is the by-product of Omega-6 metabolism. I avoid it. There are other fatty acids on that list that my have a negative effect, but we simply dont know enough about them. Most are probably neutral.

Beneficial ones are EPA, DHA, ALA, Palmitoleic (Omega-7), DPA, ETA, ETE, GLA…

Stearic and oleic are probably neutral.

Having said all this, Linoleic and its metabolic end-product Arachidonic has its place in the human diet – we need it in small amounts. Even a slight excess can cause issues. Large excess amounts of the ‘good’ fatty acids can also turn on you. That’s just the way our bodies react to dietary components.

Most of these fatty acids are present in low-potency fish oils, where EPA levels are less than 15-20%. Also in meats, eggs, seafood, olive oil etc. You will even find a few of them in highly purified oils like OmegaVia where EPA is higher than 60%, but at parts per million levels. Another technical (rhetorical) question: how do we define ‘present’? Parts per million? billion? trillion?

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mehmet January 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Dear Vın,

First of all I have to thank you for your clear info about fish oil. I think you will not remember me. Two years ago I gave Omegavia order to you but I couldn’t get because of Turkish customs. And I have asked to you may I use Carlsons Liquid form. Because Nordic Naturals are extremely expensive in Turkey. But on the internet I saw a link as below.

http://www.vitguide.com/carlson-fish-oil/

So I am wondering if am I getting heavy metals to my body by giving extra money to fish oils. I need your help. How can I be sure that Carlsons products are reliable? I sent an e-mail to Carlson but nobody give me an answer I think they think that a persons questions from Turkey is negligible :(

Best Regards

Mehmet

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Vin Kutty January 12, 2014 at 6:25 pm

Hi Mehmet – yes, I remember you. I would not pay much attention to that review of Carlsons Fish Oil. Nordic Naturals is better, but Carlsons is still fine. I don’t think heavy metals are a problem with Carlsons but the only way to know for sure is to get the company to share some details. I would keep taking Carlsons if I were you.

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Ritz January 26, 2014 at 1:40 pm

You have mentioned in your blogs that Gluten found in wheat products like Roti, bread etc is harmful. It will raise the TG levels. I have been trying to research on this on various websites and I gather that Gluten is a protein found in many grains, including wheat, rye and barley. It’s found in most breads, cereals, pastas and many processed foods. People who have a condition called celiac disease need to avoid this. I do not see any relation between Gluten and TG.
Reference site –>>
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/03/12/why-shouldnt-go-gluten-free/

Please advice , what am I missing.

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Vin Kutty January 26, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Hi Ritz – gluten will not affect your triglyceride levels. Wheat contains gluten. Gluten can be bad for you. Wheat also contains carbs that increase TG. But this does not mean gluten increases TG.

While gluten can wreak havoc in people who are gluten sensitive, it will not change TG levels. It is the starch and carbs, particularly Amylopectin A in wheat that spikes your blood sugar and THAT is what gets converted to triglyceride.

Gluten is just one of many toxins in wheat.

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Marie March 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm

How do I lower a genetic high LDL? I eat we’ll weigh 125, exercise, take 1000mg of krill per day, asa 81mg, and cholestat. The krill and Cholestat which is sugar cane I get from an organic health food place. I take notice the EPA is 188mg and DHA is112mg. I cannot take statins..bad side effect.
Please send me some direction on how to manage this…what I am taking did not touch my LDL…help I do know DHA increases your LDL help!

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Vin Kutty March 26, 2014 at 6:26 pm

Hi Marie – here’s the good news: we now know that your genetic expression is strongly influenced by diet and lifestyle. You have a lot more control over your LDL levels than your genetics. Another piece of good news is that you may/may not have the bad kind of LDL (small dense type) and number of LDL particles (LDL-P) may/may not be high. If you’re just looking at the basic lipid panel, the LDL number on it (LDL-C) is a calculated number and not measured and it is often not very telling about your true risk. I’m not saying you have nothing to worry about – that’s your doctor’s job. I’m just saying that you may not know the true risk based on your LDL-C number.

The bad news:
1. Krill oil or fish oil by itself will not budge your LDL numbers much. Definitely not with the amount of krill you’re taking.
2. Real reduction in LDL will only happen if you completely get rid of sugar, sweets, juices, sodas, flour or better yet, all grains from your diet. This is not easy. That’s why I called it ‘bad news.’ Ideally, your diet should contain mostly non-starchy vegetables, meats, seafood, eggs, nuts and some dark berries. Avoid all processed foods. Be very, very generous with olive oil.

If you go on a strictly low-carb diet for 2 months before your next blood draw, you will have proven to yourself the effect diet can have on your LDL. Adding exercise will lower LDL even more, but then you wont know which lowered your LDL more – diet or exercise.

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Marie March 26, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Will do. I’ll let you know after my blood draw in two months. Can wine be included in my diet…I’m Italian and giving up carbs is bad enough…I normally drink a Brunello..deep red..merlot..let me know..thanks

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Vin Kutty March 26, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Hi Marie – a little red is fine. Actually it could bump up your HDL in small doses. :-)

I can no longer eat 90% of what I ate in Italy…sigh. But the true ‘Mediterranean diet’ is mostly seafood, veggies, olive oil and a little fruits and whole grains.

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Eric Li May 4, 2014 at 3:14 am

Hi Vin,

Are there any recommendation of Omega-3(DHA&EPA) intake for the children with 1-3 years and 3-17years? Thanks.

Eric

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Vin Kutty May 9, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Hi Eric – there are no firm recommendations, but I would say 100 to 300 mg per day for < 3 years. I am sure my kids got a lot more than 300 mg per day on days they at seafood.

For the older group, especially teenagers, I’d recommend 1000 mg per day. Teenagers eat such horrible stuff that they could probably use a little more, but 1000 mg is a rough guide.

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Corey Bullocks June 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

I want to take 4 Kirkland fish oil pills for my arthritis. Can I do that? How many would you recommend?
I’m 60 years old,
I exercise for 1 hour everyday,
I have horrible pain from my shoulder because of arthritis,
Also, is there any other vitamin I should take to eliminate the pain and feel free again.

Please help me, I love sports and I can’t imagine myself sitting around watching worthless TV.
Thank you,
Corey Bullocks

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Vin Kutty, MS June 22, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Hi Corey – I love your enthusiasm for activity and wish more of us felt that way. If you’re looking for fish oil at Costco, I suggest you get the Kirkland One-Per-day Omega-3. But the name is deceiving. (Dont buy the cheap stuff – hundreds of pills for $10.) You will certainly need more than 1 if you want to reduce your inflammation. Probably at least 2 or 3. Taking it with a baby aspirin and a meal will help a little more.

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Michelle July 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I have mild psoriasis. I am 43 years old. I had guttate psoriasis once right after strep throat. My D level were under 30. I used to take Carlson’s Cod liver oil with vitamins D3 and went tanning booth. It cleared up completely but a very few mild psoriasis left on my legs. My D level were 50. Now, I am concerned about vitamins A toxicity in cod liver oil or should I not be? I am thinking to switch to Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil like OmegaVia and vitamins D3 5000mg. What do you think? Thanks, Michelle

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Vin Kutty, MS July 10, 2014 at 5:29 am

Hi Michelle – don’t be scared of Vitamin A toxicity from taking cod liver oil. My suspicion is that you probably are still not getting enough Vitamin A. There is very little Vitamin A in this product and most other modern cod liver oils. It is possible that the Vitamin A had something to do with your skin clearing up. One teaspoon of your cod liver oil has 1250 IU of Vitamin A. It’s just enough to prevent deficiency symptoms. I take 25,000 IU of Vitamin A a couple of times a week with this product: http://www.amazon.com/Now-Foods-Vitamin-25000-Soft-gels/dp/B001B4P0I6/

You might think it is funny or crazy that I’m asking you to take more of what you’re trying to avoid. This just shows how confused people have become about diet and nutrition.

Do whatever you can to reduce inflammation. Reduce sugar and Omega-6. IF you’re sensitive to gluten, remove wheat as well. Look into a high-vegetable version of the paleo diet.

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Taylor Folino September 8, 2014 at 5:56 pm

Does Omega-3 Fish Oil (1000mg, daily), regardless of brand, help with clear and healthy skin, particularly acne? Also, is Lysine healthy to take daily? I was told it was also beneficial for healthy skin.
Thanks.

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Vin Kutty, MS September 8, 2014 at 8:13 pm

Hi Taylor – 1000 mg of Omega-3 is better than nothing, but it is low potency. May be take 2 or 3 per day. You need to cut out sugar, wheat and dairy to start seeing true improvements in skin. Also a whole foods only diet like Paleo will help a lot. Lysine is OK but you’ll notice much better results if you get these nutrients from food instead of supplements.

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Sharon September 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm

I have had an awful problem with eczema around my eyes. I cannot figure out the cause of it. Would fish oil be helpful? If so, how much should I take?

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Vin Kutty, MS September 25, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Hi Sharon – it is due to inflammation. There are SEVERAL things that cause inflammation – usually diet. I would start with an anti-inflammatory diet like Paleo or Zone. Fish oil reduces inflammation, so if taken on top of a diet like that, it should help reduce it.

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hawa October 16, 2014 at 5:53 am

Hi, i am 20 yrs old girl. I start to take omega 3 6 & 9 and spirulina about 2 months ago.. a day after i took these supplement, all my acnes(about 12) come out from both of my cheeks and it never comes out after that. However, it left sooo many scars on my cheek. And some of the acnes that comes out 2 months ago are not actually ‘dead’ until today.. what should i do?

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Vin Kutty, MS October 16, 2014 at 4:48 pm

Hi Hawa – dont take that product. Taking Omega-3 products that also contains Omega-6 can sometimes worsen your acne. Take Omega-3 only. Acne can easily be controlled with diet – eliminate sugar, wheat, and dairy. Eat mostly vegetables, fruits, seafood and meats.

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Meelad Ramzi October 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Does fish oil works for hair growth back.

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Vin Kutty, MS October 18, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Hi Meelad – no it does not.

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William A. Griffith November 3, 2014 at 9:48 am

I have been taking 300mg of Omega-3 Krill Oil for 5 years now and am looking into increasing it to 1000mg, but am concerned about the stated raise in Arachidonic Acid AA levels. The research on this is all over the place-with some stating that Omega-3 Krill Lowers the AA levels and some state that it Raises it. I like the benefits of the Krill and the fact that you only need to take 1 capsule a day and no fishy aftertaste, but am wondering if it might be safer to go with the Fish Oils and avoid the AA controversy?

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William A. Griffith November 3, 2014 at 9:53 am

I did forget to add that I am 55 and do have a heart condition as well as arthritis and diabetes T-II.

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Vin Kutty, MS November 4, 2014 at 3:49 am

Hi William – I have not seen any published science that shows krill oil LOWERS Arachidonic acid levels however, there is one published report of it increasing it moderately. For now, I’ll call krill’s effect on AA a wash. Your decision to stay or move away from krill ultimately becomes one of cost. If you consume krill oil at sufficient levels, you will see similar effects to that of fish oil…except, with krill oil, you get phospholipids, which are good for your brain. Roughly speaking, you need about 600 to 700 mg of Omega-3 from krill to equal the benefits of 1000 mg of Omega-3 from fish oil. Krill oil Omega-3 is roughly 1.6X better absorbed than fish oil Omega-3. But you get that advantage at about 8 to 10X premium. So you have been taking a near-placebo level dose of krill for 5 years. Even with 1000 mg of krill oil, you will still be at near placebo levels. I think you’re FAR better off taking a concentrated fish oil and getting your phospholipids from egg yolks. Or you can take a good fish oil supplement and add a 300 mg krill oil just for the phospholipids because any benefit you felt from the krill oil came from the phospholipids and not the Omega-3.

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William A. Griffith November 4, 2014 at 4:09 am

Hello Vin, Thank you much for the speedy reply! Can you recommend any burpless Fish Oil capsules(hopefully in a 1 capsule dose) for the needed dosage?

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Vin Kutty, MS November 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm
Tessa November 11, 2014 at 12:15 am

My son Matthew was in a snow tubing accident Feb 16, 2014. In which he suffered fractions in the face, almost lost his right eye, and a very bad concession. That has cause a great deal of short-term memory loss. I was at a Dr. appt and a woman there that works with brain injury everyday. She recommend that my son start Fish Oil pills but, I was unsure of what to do, my son goes back to the Dr next week, was going to wait and ask him about it. What are comments on this??

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Vin Kutty, MS November 11, 2014 at 12:34 am

Hi Tessa – you may want to read this: http://www.omegavia.com/fish-oil-brain-injury/ a lot of your questions are answered there, but definitely talk to your son’s Dr about it.

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Ashish Mehta November 24, 2014 at 3:38 pm

Hi Vin, I am planning to buy a good quality fish oil for my 65 year old dad. Is it advisable to purchase Ubiquinol to enhance absorption of fish oil? Thanks.

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Vin Kutty, MS November 24, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Hi Ashish – both Omega-3 and CoQ10 are good for 65 year olds. But adding Ubiquinol CoQ10 will be affect Omega-3 absorption. However, both are better absorbed if consumed with a meal.

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