Fish oil isn't just a great way to get your Omega 3s – here's 7 other benefits

Do you have a bottle of fish oil sitting in the cupboard? So many of us do, in fact it’s one of the most common supplements.

Many people are aware that fish oil is an effective way to get your daily intake of Omega 3 but don’t know exactly what else it is good for!

The results from thousands of studies have revealed just how good fish oil can be for your body, so here are the best benefits of this liquid gold.

1.  Rheumatoid arthritis

Fish oil studies have shown that it can help those with rheumatoid arthritis. Taking it daily can reduce the time of morning stiffness felt commonly by sufferers. This means that those who choose to take fish oil can then reduce their reliance on steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), therefore reducing any stress on the body that these drugs cause.

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2. Heart disease

There is evidence that suggests those already suffering heart disease are at a reduced risk of complications when fish oil is taken on a daily basis. Omega 3 and its beneficial fatty acids assist in the continuation of healthy heart activities and limit blood clotting. For these reasons, fish oil can also be used to prevent heart disease.

3. Cholesterol/blood pressure

Triglycerides are found in the blood and are responsible of transfer of fat and sugars in and out of the liver. However, high concentrations of these contribute significantly to heart disease. Research has shown that taking fish oil daily can be responsible for reducing triglycerides between 20 to 50 per cent.

4. Alzheimer’s and dementia

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Many people have heard that fish oil is a brain food. That’s because the research shows that fish oil has the ability to improve thinking skills and brain accuracy. What’s more is that the oil can help with other thinking disorders such as depression, and reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

5. Skin irritation/Psoriasis

Fish oil can limit the swelling and itching of skin conditions that cause irritation and rashes.

6. Strengthens immune system

By boosting your white blood cell count with fish oil, you can fight off infections and bacteria, which is crucial in your later years.

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7. Reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis

UK research has shown that Omega 3 fish oil can reduce the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis, a large problem in over 60s. Joint pain can be cut in half by a regular intake of fish oil.

While there are clearly a number of extremely beneficial effects to taking fish oil, it has to be noted that taking too much fish oil can be harmful to your body. Not to worry though, taking the recommended dosage of 1 – 2 tablets a day will have you feeling fantastic in no time at all.

Do you have fish oil in your cupboard? What do you use it for and how does it benefit you? Tell us in the comments below.