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For most of us, childhood is a bright time with ice cream, holidays, games. But many children have an unpleasant memory in their memory - the use of fish oil. Adults fed us with spoons with this product of unpleasant taste and smell. For children, taking fish oil was a real disaster.
Meanwhile, it was believed that the product enhances immunity and helps physical development. It is no coincidence that in those days there were no such outbreaks of colds as now. Children on fish oil grew up hardy and healthy, is this remedy really so miraculous? Should modern kids use it? Fortunately, pharmaceuticals are not standing still.
Today, pure fish oil is not consumed. And there are many myths around this product, making its reputation ambiguous.
Fish oil is useful exclusively for everyone. This is not entirely true. There are people who have an individual intolerance to fish oil or an allergy to this product. Then it will be clearly contraindicated. Fish oil contains exactly the same allergen as fish, from which this product, in fact, is extracted. As a result, someone with just one capsule of fish oil can experience disruptions in the body, such as nausea, vomiting, hives, and even anaphylactic shock.
Fish oil does not affect blood pressure. In fact, fish oil helps hypertensive patients. This product is able to normalize blood pressure, making it normal. But for people with low blood pressure, the use of fish oil is even contraindicated.
Fish oil is safe for children. Surprisingly to many, this statement is not at all so unambiguous. Fish extracts contain heavy metal. Excessive dosage of the drug can cause poisoning of the child.
Fish oil should be consumed by pregnant and lactating women. And again it is worth talking about the falsity of such a statement. Fish oil contains a lot of Omega-3 acids, which have a beneficial effect on the expectant mother and her fetus in the womb. However, there are also unsafe heavy metal salts in the preparation. So the use of fish oil for nursing and pregnant women should be discussed with a doctor. He will help you prescribe the correct dosage.
Fish oil can be taken along with other medicines. This statement is only partially true. It is known that fish oil can provoke poor drug absorption. This results in poisoning and other unpleasant consequences. When taking any medication, the appearance of new supplements should be discussed with your doctor. Experts note that low doses of fish oil will not harm, however, it is not specified exactly what volumes are in question.
The exact effect of fish oil is still unknown. There has been a huge amount of research into the effects of the omega-3 unsaturated fats found in fish oil. This active ingredient reduces inflammation, blood clotting, and helps fight arrhythmias and heart disease. Fish oil fights sudden cardiac arrest, relieves pain in rheumatoid arthritis, helps with asthma, weight loss, depression, increases cognitive abilities and fights Alzheimer's disease. However, there are other data as well. The first studies on the effects of fish oil were conducted at a time when cardiovascular diseases themselves were treated differently. Even a small effect could be seen against the background of ineffective drugs. The study of Danes in the 1970s was important. It turned out that the indigenous people of Greenland very rarely suffer from diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Later it turned out that the number of diseases was significantly underestimated, and the work itself is full of assumptions. In the 1990s, there was a lot of research that proved the uselessness of fish oil. But you shouldn't categorically refuse it as a medicine yet.
It is better to eat fish rather than its fat. Omega-3 fats extracted from fish have the same health benefits as the fish itself. Dozens of clinical studies of fish oil-based drugs have shown their effectiveness. These drugs treat heart disease, reduce mortality, depression, pain, and the unpleasant symptoms of arthritis. But taking into account the previous myth, doctors recommend, if possible, to eat fish, and not just its fat.
Better to eat seafood over fish oil. If we talk about catfish, shellfish and crustaceans: shrimp, lobster, then such products have an extremely low content of omega-3 fats. But in salmon, mackerel, sardine and herring there are much more of them. According to the latest data, it is not even fish meat that has an effect, but their fat itself. Seafood is healthy too, but others should not ignore them, but there is no point in hoping to get Omega-3 fats from them.
It is enough to eat fish twice a day to get the amount of fat. Experts at the American National Institutes of Health believe that 3500 mg of Omega-3 is enough for an average adult per day. That's about 150-200 grams of salmon daily. But it is quite possible to replace such a portion with a preparation with fish oil. You will need less if you cut back on corn and soybean oil, margarine, meat, and other omega-6 foods. They are fish oil antagonists.
There is a lot of mercury in fish oil. The mercury content of fish and fish oil is offset by high selenium levels. This element prevents harmful metal from accumulating in the tissues of both fish and humans. However, pregnant women are better off reducing their risks by avoiding fish such as shark, swordfish, mackerel, mackerel and tuna.
Fish oil helps with diabetes. Scientific research on this topic is highly controversial. Some scientists argue that fish oil increases blood sugar levels in those trying to keep the levels within the normal range. Others, on the contrary, indicate a return to norms of excess sugar levels. On sites advertising dietary supplements, you can often see recommendations for taking such medicines for diabetics together with fish oil, which may be unsafe in combination. People with diabetes should still consult with their healthcare professional about taking fish oil.
Fish oil and fish oil are the same thing. Fish oil is an extract from the liver of fish of the cod family. But recently, scientists have been alarmed by the fact that the environment in the sea is deteriorating. But it is the liver that filters the blood in the body, leaving harmful elements in it. It is no coincidence that fish oil was banned for children in the USSR in the 70-80s because of the dirty sea. And today in England there is a similar ban for children under 5 years old. Supporters of another fish product, fish oil, appeared. It is found in muscle tissue. So these are two different products, which are easy for the layman to confuse. We must carefully look at what is written on the package. Fat from muscle tissue is also called ichthyen oil or fish oil. The complex itself, regardless of fat, can be sold in the form of oil or modern capsules. In fact, and in that case, the drug is rich in omega-3 acids, but fish oil is an additional source of vitamins A, E and D.