Eating fatty fishes like Wild Alaskan Salmon, Arctic Char, Atlantic Mackerel, Sardines, Black Cod, Anchovies, Farmed Rainbow Trout, Albacore Tuna, Pacific Halibut, as well as oysters and mussels may help with many common health issues:
- May help lower cholesterol, tryglicerides, LDLs and blood pressure, while increasing HDL.
- May help to break up clots before they damage to the heart or brain.
- May help prevent breast, colon, and prostate cancers.
- May help regulate inflammation.
- May improve memory, reasoning, and the ability to focus.
- May help reduce stress.
In recent studies, the cardiovascular benefits of fish oil supplements have been called into question.
According to the NY Times, James Stein, the director of preventive cardiology at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, cautions patients to stick with the real thing:
“Dr. Stein encourages his patients to avoid fish oil supplements and focus instead on eating fatty fish at least twice a week, in line with federal guidelines on safe fish intake, because fish contains a variety of healthful nutrients other than just [the Omega-3 fatty acids].”
A pilot study done in Israel focuses on the ability of fish oil to lower stress to offer hope to longtime smokers. Fish oil, given as supplements in the study, helped smokers reduce their cravings for nicotine. On average, smokers reduced their smoking by two cigarettes per day.
The is that cigarette smoke reduces the levels of essential fatty acids in the brain. Reduced fatty acids damage the pleasure receptors so that the smoker can’t feel pleasure easily. We already know that nicotine, itself, interferes with these receptors.
Dr Rabinovitz Shenkar, the researcher behind the study, says, “Earlier studies have proven that an imbalance in omega-3 is also related to mental health, depression and the ability to cope with pressure and stress.”
The implication is that restoring the fatty acid levels with fish oil will help to break the cycle, reducing stress, cravings, and damage to the pleasure receptors.