The Gift from the Fishies

Some times it feels likes creating and maintaining good health is a matter of discipline and deprivation. Not eating a cookie even though I would really like to eat a cookie. Going to an exercise class when I really feel like sitting on the couch watching something mindless on TV. Thus, I particularly enjoy things that can help me create and maintain optimum health that require no discipline or deprivation. It tickles my cleaver bone.

Fish Oil is one of these things. Taking fish oil has a profound affect on health and requires only minor effort. I happen to hate sea food. I walk into Red Lobster and it smells like rotting fish carcasses to me. Needless to say I do not get my two servings a week of fish. In fact I do not eat two serving of fish a year. However, I ingest plenty of fish oil and in fact I am better off nutritionally than someone who eats fish but does not take fish oil supplements. Two servings a week of sea food just does not give a person enough fish oil. A person would need to eat an impractical amount of sea food in order to ingest the amount of omega-3 fatty acids that our bodies thrive on.

Why do our bodies work best with all this omega-3 fatty acid…when it is not readily present in our current diet. I watched a special on PBS last week that offered some insight. It was a NOVA program entitled What Darwin Never Knew. It followed the breakthroughs in our understanding of the ancestry of humans and that of all living creatures. What it pointed out to me was that evolutionally we grew up in the ocean. Part of what lead Charles Darwin to theorize that humans evolved from prime mates is that he was studying embryos of various animals including humans, and he discovered that human embryos have gills during the early stages of their development. From this perspective it makes sense that our bodies’ functions have remnants of the time we relied on the ocean. The bodies of our evolutionary ancestors depended on the ocean.

This evolutionary connection is totally speculative, however, the science behind the benefits of consuming fish oil are not. Fish oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 available. Omega-3 fatty acids have been known as essential to normal growth and health since the 1930s (See reference). The health benefits are so numerous that it is hard to summary them all. The following is one of the better list I found (See reference):

  1. it lowers our risk of cardiac death
  2. it helps regulate cholesterol
  3. it fights depression
  4. it improves circulation
  5. it decrease inflammation in the body
  6. it protects against age-related blindness
  7. it lowers risk of cardiac death
  8. it regenerates nerve cells
  9. it diminishes inflammation of brain tissue
  10. it restores proper communication between brain and neurons,
  11. it eases rheumatoid arthritis
  12. it improves mood
  13. it alleviates dyslexia
  14. it provides vascular protection

The bottom line is that taking fish oil gives your body a huge advantage. It is one of the easiest, least expensive methods of promoting excellent health. Furthermore, it has been getting national attention for its positive impact on happiness. Thus if you have ever thought ‘I just want to be happy’, here is an obvious opportunity to directly affect your happiness, and work toward becoming a Happy Deviant.

The brand I happen to take and have heard good things about is Dr. Murry’s Natural Factors RxOmega-3 Factors. It has pharmaceutical grade fish oil concentrate providing one of the highest potencies of EPA and DHA available. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) are the two types of omega-3 fatty acids.

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~ by happydeviant on September 28, 2010.

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