So this post is a little bit of a side track from the usually recipes and food tips but I have been researching and learning some amazing things about Fish Oil and Omega 3’s lately and their amazing healing and health benefits in out body. I thought I would share a few little facts that I have learned that you may or may not know but are interesting either way.
- Fish oil is made up of, among other things two omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. In the simplest terms EPA is essential for healthy joints and DHA for brain function.
- Considering that 60% of our brain is fat and our entire nervous system is coated in a protective fat layer, it really is critical that we have a decent amount of healthy fat in our diet. Oily Fish is a good option.
- Studies show that deficiency in Essential Fatty Acids can have significant effects on our mood, our stress levels and even our perception of stressors. In fact people with Depression that are tested often show low levels of EFA’s!
- Woman who don’t menstruate or that have trouble falling pregnant also often have low levels when tested.
- Omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory in our body and are particularly good for reducing inflammation in the brain, so people that have had head injuries or concussion should take plenty of fish oil. In fact tests have been done on NFL players who have had serious head injuries and with good diets and high does of fish oil have shown increased brain function and a decrease in symptoms of concussion such as brain fog, headaches, irritability etc.
- Because of its anti-inflammatory function in the brain, fish oil is also a good supplement for people who suffer from regular migraines.
I have been taking a fairly high dose of Fish oil for the last month, and have slowly pulled it back to a maintainable amount and I have noticed a real difference in my skin, my hair and most noticeably in my clarity of mind and mood.
There has been a few reports in the media over the last couple of years about the negatives of taking fish oil supplements saying it is oxidised or doesn’t really contain what the label states etc etc. But can we really trust the media? 😉 I am prepared to take the risk that it just may be as good as they say. There are scientists, like Nelsons Dr Matt Miller, PhD in aquaculture and chemistry , and other renowned health professionals all over the world who agree to its health benefits.
So there you go, just a few thoughts there for you to file away somewhere. Sleep is also good for clear brain function, so that is what I am going to go do and we will get back to some more recipes in the next few days…. soon as I find my cooking inspiration again. 🙂