The Benefits of Fish Oils

Brenda Mango, RN Manager, Shell Point Retirement Community

It is important to consider the health benefits of supplementing your daily diet with a dose of Omega-3 fish oils. Fish oils, very specifically Omega – 3, were first  brought to the forefront of public attention after it was discovered by nutritional researchers that tribes in Alaska, whose diets consists of a high intake of fish, had lower than average cholesterol levels and lower triglyceride levels.

Omega – 3 fatty acids have also been shown to decrease inflammation, particularly C – reactive protein, a marker your doctor uses from your lab work to determine your risk for developing the onset of both Type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Additionally, fish oils ease depression, reduce joint pain, improve skin, promote weight loss, help prevent early signs of schizophrenia, improve brain function, increase focus, improve vision, reduce soreness after weight training, reduce the risk of heart disease, and stabilize mood.

Fish oils are fairly easy to work into your diet. Nutrition specialists at Shell Point Retirement Community take special care to integrate a healthy amount of Omega – 3 fatty acids into the dietary provisions in the skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. One way they do this is by serving salmon or another type of fish two to three times a week. If eating fish is not your idea of a good meal, there are supplements you can take to get your healthy dose of fish oils.

As always, remember that while the benefits of fish oil are numerous, you should always consult with your physician before beginning any new supplement or medication.