2. Fish Oil
You have certainly heard the term omega – 3 or essential fatty acids. One of the best places to get these naturally is through oily fishes such as salmon, trout, mackerel, and sardines. These omega 3’s help rid the body of inflammation and reduce atherosclerosis. One study looked at Japanese men that lived in the US versus Japanese men that lived in Japan. Those in the US that consumed ½ as much fish oil omega 3’s had three times as much artery calcification.
The most widely available dietary source of fish oil comes from cold – water fish such as herring, salmon, mackerel, anchovies and sardines. Oils from the fish mentioned above have a profile of around seven times as much omega – 3 oils as omega – 6 oils. There is a wide range of health benefits derived from omega – 3 fatty acids obtained from fish oil and fish oil supplements. Some human trials concluded that consuming omega – 3 fatty acids slightly reduces blood pressure. The fact that omega – 3 fatty acids increase the risk of bleeding calls for the importance of consulting a qualified health provider before fish oil supplements are used.
Studies have shown better psychomotor development at 30 months of age for infants whose mothers received fish oil supplements for the first four months of lactation. In addition, five – year old children whose mothers received modest algae based on omega – 3 fatty acids supplementation for the first four months of breastfeeding performed better on a test of sustained attention. This clearly suggests that omega – 3 fatty acids intake during early infancy results to long-term benefits on specific aspects of neurodevelopment.
A study in 2008 shows that omega – 3s were an effective additional therapy for depressed but not manic symptoms in bipolar disorder. A Later study found that patients taking omega supplements experienced fewer depression symptoms.