Friday, April 27, 2012
Fish Oil: The Magic Pill
So what did I do? At first, I started ice massage, which helped a little, but never seemed to make any progress in the grand scheme of things. Every workout after that was pain and suffering just as bad as before. So I did a little more research, and through countless hours of internet searching I found what I hoped to be a possible cure: Fish oil.
I read that Olympic weightlifters, when faced with patellar tendinitis, often go on a mega dosing fish oil regimen. That called for 5000 mg a day for the first week, and an additional 2500 mg a day ever week after that. I read that the condition should improve noticably in 10 days, and be almost gone by day 30. I figured it couldn't hurt, and so I picked myself up 300 caps of 1000 mg fish oil pills. The very next day I started in on 5 pills, spread throughout the day. Well my friends, it's been ten days, and I'm pleased to tell you that my knees feel SOOOO much better.
Sure, I kept icing, massaging, stretching, and foam rolling, but I have absolutely zero doubt in my mind that fish oil is a nearly "magic" cure for joint pain. If you don't believe me, just read the countless testimonies by other happy consumers who have loosened up and feel tip top thanks to a pill filled with oil from a fish. But after I started dosing, I did some reading on the pills. Turns out fish oil is far more beneficial than I ever could have imagined. Honestly, I would recommend EVERYONE get on fish oil pills, because what they do to your body is absolutely astounding. Let's look at these magic capsules a little more closely, and really see what I mean about their truly remarkable power at improving your health and well being.
Omega-3: A lot of the magic in fish oil pills comes from this substance right here, omega-3 fatty acids. This stuff is like liquid gold. It's probably some of the best cardiovascular support you could ever get, and will lower bad cholesterol considerably if regularly dosed. It also acts as a strong anti-inflammatory, which helps bloodflow, joints, and pretty much everything else in your body work smoothly and pain free. There are a few types of omega-3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA, and ALA. The two most biologically available and important of these are EPA and DHA, and both are found in significant amounts in fish oil. ALA isn't as important in our body, and can be found more often in flax oil. These are called "essential" fatty acids because our body cannot produce them on its own and yet requires them to function. That's why fish oil supplements are an extremely good choice, especially for those who don't get much fish in their normal diet.
On a side note, in order to achieve maximum health status, you need a good ratio of omega-3's to omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. The two latter are often found in other fatty foods such as nuts and seeds, and therefore we usually get plenty of them. However omega-3 fatty acids are usually lacking in the average individual's diet, and therefore it's very important to supplement fish oil.
Decreased Stroke Risk: Strokes are caused when plaque builds up in your veins to the point where it begins to break off and cause a clot in your brain's blood vessels. That's NOT good. Luckily, fish oil has been proven to break down the plaque in your veins, drastically decreasing the chance of suffering from a stroke. I'll take that and run with it, thank you very much.
Improved Mental Health: Fish oil has actually been shown to support proper levels of serotonin production in the brain, which will help treat/prevent conditions such as depression. It has also been shown to aid in memory and overall cognitive ability. I think that's awesome, don't you?
Healthy Skin: Fish oil has been proven to improve the health of your skin, allowing for greater elasticity through optimum collagen production. It'll keep you looking young and wrinkle free. I'm not saying it works miracles, but hey, healthy skin is always a nice thing to have, don't you think?
Fat Loss: Haha ok, I'll go into a little more depth on this one, as I can guarantee it'll peak the interest of a few more people. Fish oil is an EXCELLENT tool for fat loss, and I'd say it's essential for anyone wanting to see real results as quickly as possible. Fish oil increases the production of leptin, which both increases your metabolism and decreases your appetite. A faster metabolism means more fat burning power, something many people would absolutely love. Secondly, fish oil is able to increase insulin sensitivity, which allows your body to release less insulin when it senses ingested carbohydrates. This ensures that you'll be less likely to store excess carbs as body fat. Thirdly, fish oil actually helps build lean muscle mass, which will also increase your metabolism and cause your body to hold onto less body fat. Fish oil, despite being 100% fat, actually is probably one of the most powerful fat loss tools you could ever have in your arsenal. Cool huh?
Joint Health: OK, I saved this one for last because I've already sort of discussed it. Fish oil is one of the best tools out there for maintaining healthy, pain free joints. Its anti-inflammatory properties keep things sliding smoothly, and hey, the slippery properties of oil don't hurt either. Thousands upon thousands of people have obtained amazing pain reducing effects from dosing fish oil on a regular basis, and if you think it's too good to be true I IMPLORE you to give it a go for yourself. You'll be very surprised at how effective this stuff is.
Fish oil has been touted as the only supplement worth taking. While I don't completely agree with this, I do agree that it is almost 100% necessary for any serious gym-goer, casually active individual, or couch potato. Seriously, this stuff will do you nothing but good. If you don't believe me, try it for yourself. Pick up a bottle, start your dosage at 3 a day, and see what changes start to occur in your body. I can almost guarantee you'll love this stuff as much as I do by the time you're done.
Love the fish, keep healthy and happy, and as always, GOOD LUCK!