Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Daily Fish Oil Omega-3 Pill Can Do Wonders for Heart and Body

Just before my pregnancy, I started taking fish oil supplements to boost my heart healthy omega-3 fatty acid intake because I have read about the benefits. My husband doesn't like to eat fish so I don't cook it often enough. There are so many health benefits for taking fish oil daily for pregnant women, children, and adults.

The advantage of fish oil compared to other foods like walnuts and vegetable oils is that you get both DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EHA (eicosapentaenoic acid) acids with the same source.
Relying on eating fish daily is not ideal, due to the presence of mercury and toxins in especially farm-raised fish.

Health Benefits of Fish Oil for Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
  • Optimal heart health (reduces triglycerides, lowers risk of death from heart disease, and reduces the plaque build-up in arteries)
  • Reduces risk of stroke
  • Lower blood pressure
Check with your doctor on your recommended dosage. In general, pregnant women can target 300 mg of DHA daily. Here's a link to more information for pregnant women from HealthNews Blog.

For pregnant and breast-feeding women, there's benefits for you and your growing baby:
  • Brain development and mental focus
  • Lower risk of allergies
  • Reduced risk of post-partem depression
Ultimately, when you are in good health, you feel better. I feel more energetic and resiliant to fighting on viruses and colds. Taking a daily fish oil supplement is one way that you can make a positive impact on your overall health.