Suppose modern medicine invented a new drug that practically qualified as a cure-all. This medication could:
- Lower blood pressure.
- Direct hormones to their target tissues so the body could get the same effect with reduced hormone production.
- Increase collateral circulation of blood around clogs and clots of arteries and veins.
- Regulate cell division so that skin diseases caused by cells multiplying too fast, such as psoriasis, as well as certain kinds of cancer, would progress far more slowly.
- Help the kidneys regulate sodium to reduce water weight.
- Prevent blood clots.
- Reduce the production of inflammatory hormones that cause irritation of the nose and throat during allergies.
- Keep saturated fats mobile in the bloodstream so they don't stick to artery walls.
- Regulate transmission of nerve impulses and moderate depression.
- Keep skin soft, supple, and wrinkle-free.
- Help bald scalps respond more completely to minoxidil.
- Reduce the severity of premenstrual syndrome.
- Help the body absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K, as well as alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
You would expect the drug company that developed this medication to be extremely jealous of its patent rights and to charge a phenomenal price. But all of these benefits and more have been ascribed to fish oil, the easiest and most economical way to supplement your intake of omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Fish oil is not an actual cure-all. It contains essential fatty acids you are not likely to get in the adequate amounts from your diet, but you still have to consume enough of all the other necessary nutrients without consuming too many calories.
Fish oil is not a substitute for medication, although it can help you find health while medication reduces symptoms of disease.
And fish oil only works if it is fresh, pure, and presented with a minimum of chemical additives. That is why, before you buy any fish oil or marine algae essential fatty acid supplements, you should take a look at our Fish Oil Buyer's Guide.
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