By now we have all heard how powerful of a supplement fish oil (omega-3 fatty acids) can be, but really only a few know why or how much to take. First let's take a look at the benefits of fish oil.
Fish oil contains both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in:
Managing and preventing heart disease
Reducing triglyceride count
Lowering blood pressure
Reducing chances of heart attack
Slowing plaque development in arteries
In right doses can counter effects if inflammation
Possibly even help manage depression
Most of the above benefits are negatively impacted by an increase in omega-6 fatty acids in the diet. A majority of people have a ratio of 15:1 omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, but an optimal ratio would be 1:1 of both.
A recommended dose if you are new to using fish oil would be 250mg of EPA + DHA, and eventually you could increase to an optimal dose of 1g of EPA and 500mg of DHA. At these doses, with a diet low in omega-6 fatty acids, you will be able to achieve an 1:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids.
Some foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids:
There are many fish oil products on the market currently. Do your homework, find a quality product, and find the dose that is right for you.