Studies have shown that omega-3 essential fatty acids as found in fish oil have many health benefits. Fish oil has been shown to help improve heart health, alleviate pain and inflammation, suppress autoimmune disorders, and lower the risk of cancer. These omega-3’s also have been shown to improve mental health.
- Regular fish oil consumption may reduce depression, irritability, and anxiety. Studies have also shown that fish oil may even reduce the risk of developing psychosis.
- Omega 3 fats are found to support memory as they protect the cells of the brain and nervous system. Studies have shown that individuals who consume more of these fatty acids over a lifetime have better cognitive function as they age.
- Fish oils can also benefit children, even during pregnancy. Infants need these essential fatty acids for nervous system development. Also, children with ADHD and learning disabilities with a higher level of omega-3 fatty acids showed reduction in inattention, cognitive problems, and anxiety in various studies.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids such as fish oil supplements may be quite beneficial to our physical and mental health. Although more research is needed to understand these benefits, regular intake of fish oil may help with our mental health such as improving depression and concentration.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of fish oil, please consult with your physician. Before taking any medication, it’s important to discuss it with your doctor.
For some great recipes incorporating salmon, check out these posts from the blog, Blue Kitchen:
Spicy Salmon with Mango Salsa
Seared Tuna Pepper Steaks
Pan-grilled Citrus Yellowtail
Seared Salmon with Mixed Greens and Miso Vinaigrette
Pasta Shells with Italian Tuna and Artichokes
Seared Salmon Fillets with Dill Dijon Sauce
Sole Fillets with Lemon Caper Butter