Fish Oil Benefits and Benefits of Omega-3s

My mom is a fish oil fan.

Several months ago, I watched a PBS special about how to age gracefully. In addition to recommending whole food multivitamins, they encouraged taking fish oil daily. I was already taking a multivitamin every day because I think it’s a smart thing to do as a nutritional insurance policy.

So I started doing research on fish oil and the benefits of it astounded me. I was so excited by what I discovered that I added that supplement to my daily multivitamin. And, I recommended fish oil supplements to my mother as well.

You can read more about the benefits here:

Fish Oil Benefits

You see, my mom retired last year and I was concerned about her health. She’s been a hard worker all her life (as a single mother, there was a time when she held down three jobs to support us). Now that she was retired, I wanted to see her continue to enjoy a healthy, active life and remain mentally sharp.

Well, a week after my mother started taking the fish oil, she called me very excited. She said that her thinking was clearer, she could solve problems better, and she could even move around better. She’s also dropped a few pounds!

So it’s working for my mom and I can feel the benefits myself. One of my goals is to stay healthy my whole life. And fish oil is a great thing that can help with that goal, along with a nutritious diet and a regular exercise plan.

Fish Oil Benefits

I’m often asked about what supplements I recommend and the only ones I feel comfortable recommending are ones I take myself. So there you have it – I take a multivitamin and I take fish oil every day.

But don’t just take my word for it. Do your own research about what it takes to stay healthy as you get older. My goal is to become a “foxy grandmother”.

I know I’m getting better with age. Health-wise, are you getting better? I certainly hope so!

A reader asked me if it is okay for someone with seafood allergies to take fish oil. You should not take fish oil supplements if you have seafood allergies. Instead you can get similar benefits with flax seed oil, which is another oil rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which is where fish oil gets its benefits.

Here is an online source for Flax seed oil:

Flax Seed Oil Supplement

Also, if you are taking a blood thinner medication, like Coumadin, you also should not take fish oil. As with all supplements, you should consult your health care provider before taking them, especially if you are currently on medication.

  • Jackie says:

    I want to know has anyone heard if you can take Fish oil with High colestrol or High blood presure.

    • Hilda Russell says:

      Yes you can! My sister has high blood pressure and her Dr even recommended fish oil to help lower her cholesterol.

  • kimf says:

    Thanks, Violet!

  • kimf says:

    Jackie,

    Fish oil has been shown to benefit both high blood pressure and high cholesterol. You can learn more about how here:

    http://fishoilbenefits.wordpress.com/category/blood-pressure-benefits/

    However, please consult with your health care provider before taking any supplement, especially if you are taking medication because the supplement may impact the effect of the medication.

  • Pam says:

    I have always used fish Oil and at 284.6 my blood pressure and cholesterol is still on the lower sides. I think the fish oil helps

  • DiAne says:

    Within the last few months I have been experiencing memory loss and having a hard time to focus and find my words… I believe it was a God-thing I read this today. My sittuation is probably due to menopause as Elsheimer’s is not frequent in my family. I am waiting to see my doctor about my condition but as a woman I have to say that menstruations were readily talked about but menopause seems to be such a discover as you go thing so I was wondering if you address this in any of you devotionals and if anyone out there has any help to offer. I need my memory and my focus for my work… I’m a mess!

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