If you’ve ever seen a movie or television show about Vikings or with Vikings as the focus, you’ll notice they’re mostly fit, have hair that looks great, and have smooth radiant skin. All of those things could be due to Hollywood magic, or it could be because they did research. Vikings had a diet filled with fish and that means they consumed a lot of omega 3s, just like doctors always ask us to consume. Omega 3s are a type of good fat that help our bodies perform important functions. There are three principal fatty acids: ALA, found in vegetable oils and is not naturally produced by the body; DHA, found in fish oils and one fatty acid that most people lack, and EPA, also in fish oil. It’s hard to get enough omega 3s benefits just by consuming certain foods. This is where fish oil supplements come in handy.
You can’t be very healthy without a healthy heart. Research shows that omega 3’s decrease arrhythmias (abnormal heart beats), slow the production of plaque in the arteries, and help maintain blood pressure. The American Heart Society recommends everyone eat two servings of fish every week. Salmon, albacore, herring, and lake trout all have the highest amounts of omega 3 fatty acids and would also make a great lunch or dinner.
A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2012 involved participants with rheumatoid arthritis. The participants reported that they had less joint pain and swelling when they took fish oil supplements. Happy joints, happy life.
As we age, we begin to slow down and our brains do too. We can prevent that slowing by taking the proper supplements. Dr. Elizabeth Johnson of Tufts University studies the effects of nutrients on brain health. Dr. Johnson has found that combining nutrients like omega 3’s and lutein work best for cognitive health.
If you want glowing skin, omega 3’s may be what you’re looking for. Fish oils will help your skin glow and stay glowing. Omega 3’s produce natural oils that help our skin, nails, and hair. You can look as good as those Vikings on television with a daily dose of omega 3’s.
Fish oil may also help you lose weight. In a study published by the National Institute of Health in 2009 on the anti-obesity effects of omega 3’s, evidence showed that omega 3’s fatty acids helped fat loss. Every little bit of help we can get is worth a try, especially if it’s a natural substance and combined with a healthy diet and physical activity.