Unless you live in a cave in some remote part of the world, you can’t fail to be aware of the buzz surrounding omega-3 fish oil supplements. They have grown in popularity of the last few years, to become one of the most commonly used supplements around.
- Their list of alleged health benefits are legendary.
- Heart disease prevention
- Digestive system
- Brain function
- Joint care
- Skin and hair health
The list goes on. There is a substantial body of evidence for some of these health boosting claims, particularly in the area of heart disease. Omega-3 is beneficial for those who have no history of heart disease, as well as those who are at risk or recovering from a heart attack.
What has been less well documented and more questioned is the effect on the brain and cognitive functioning. But recent research is giving more credence to this too. And more relevantly here, scientists are beginning to link some psychological conditions with lowered levels of omega-3.
Some people who tend to suffer from depression have been found to be deficient. Some scientists believe that other conditions may benefit form a boost in omega-3. A new study will look into whether it can prevent the development of bipolar disorder in children.
A recent Austrian study showed that fish oil supplements seemed to prevent teens and young adults at-risk for developing schizophrenia from the onset of full blown psychosis.
There have been many anecdotal reports from people who feel that their mood, memory and concentration have improved. These have been looked on with a degree of skepticism in the past but are beginning to look more realistic now.
I know that since my own bout of depression a couple of years ago, my memory has been considerably worse than it used to be. I mean, to the extent of not being able to recall the names of people that I work with.
I have found a source for what I believe is the best omega-3 supplement available and I will be trying it out over the next few months.
My wife has MS and other sufferers have reported improvements in balance and cognitive function. She will also be doing her own trial to see if she notices any benefit.
I should point out that some authorities still believe that we can get enough omega-3 from our diet, without resorting to supplements. My response would be that with the levels of obesity going through the roof, we are not that great at taking care of our diet.
Give me the supplements.
There is a good free guide to buying omega-3 supplements. You can download it HERE.