Fish oil – it’s the end-all-be-all of the nutritional world. It delivers omega-3 fatty acids to our bodies, protecting us against everything from cardiovascular disease to joint pain to diabetes. It’s thought to improve cognitive function in children, and now, it’s been proven to help prevent Alzheimer’s. Each dose of DHA, the most abundant fatty acid in the brain, increases the production of LR11, a protein that is less abundant in Alzheimer’s patients. Thus, it effectively staves off the disease, giving each person a little more time with their memory.
It seems that there is no obstacle fish oil can’t conquer, except maybe for one.
Your taste buds.
You don’t like fish. It tastes so . . . fishy. Salmon, tuna, mackerel, trout and tilapia – you’ve tried them. Okay, you’ve smelt them, and your stomach can’t handle them. You could barely look at them as they sat on your plate, taunting you with their “not just like chicken” aroma and flavor. You’ve tried, and you’ve failed. So how are you supposed to get the omega-3s you need? True, there are fish oil capsules, but do they really supply you with the same amount of nutritional wow a fatty filet of fish does?
Yes. Provided you consume the same amount of omega-3s, it doesn’t matter if you ingest them via capsule or aquatic creature. And if you don’t believe me, ask the researchers at the University of South Dakota in Sioux Falls. They compared the effects of eating omega-3s in either form, in a group of 23 women. They found there to be no difference. So don’t let your fear of fish keep you from consuming fish oil. Grab a capsule and swallow some health!
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