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The US Food and Drug Administration announced a qualified health claim on the benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids found in Fish Oil… for coronary heart disease. The exact words from the FDA, “Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”

Dr. Lester M. Crawford, Acting FDA Commissioner said, “Coronary heart disease is a significant health problem that causes 500,000 deaths annually in the United States. This new qualified health claim for omega-3 fatty acids [found in Fish Oil] should help consumers as they work to improve their health by identifying foods that contain these important compounds.”

Here are specific ways (with numerous documented scientific studies) fish oil may potentially help prevent disease and promote lasting health and longevity:

1) Fish oil helps reduce disease-causing inflammation. Fish oil contains two powerful omega-3s, EPA and DHA, that have been shown in numerous scientific studies to quell inflammation. When taken regularly, fish oil that contains a high ratio of EPA and DHA can help lower the inflammatory response associated with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and chronic back pain, as well as protect against the development of these and other diseases that often result from chronic inflammation.

A 2008 study found that fish oil actually promotes the body’s own natural healing response to inflammation. (Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology)

2) Fish oil reduces risk of breast cancer by a third. EPA and DHA, the two most widely-researched components of fish oil, also appear to be powerful cancer fighters, as shown in a 2010 study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

Scientists in this study discovered that fish oil can slash the chance a woman will get breast cancer by approximately a third. Women who regularly supplement their diet with fish oils rich in EPA and DHA are roughly 32 percent less likely to develop the most common forms of breast cancer.

“This study is one of the largest studies that have come out showing that there may be role for fish oil in the prevention of cancer, specifically breast cancer,” said Lorenzo Cohen of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, who was not involved in the study.

3) Fish oil effectively inhibits the onset and spread of prostate cancer in men. A 2001 study published in the journal Lancet revealed that fish oil effectively inhibits the onset and spread of prostate cancer in men.

BenefitsOfFishOil4) Omega-3 fats from fish oil slash the risk of developing diabetes. New and undiagnosed cases of diabetes continue to rise at epidemic rates, with as many as one in three men, women and children projected to be affected by the metabolic disorder by 2025. The high circulating blood sugar levels associated with diabetes significantly raise the risk of developing a host of chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer and dementia.

A research study team from the Harvard School of Public Health explains how omega-3 long-chain fats found in fish oil supplements modestly increase amounts of the hormone adiponectin that is associated with lower risk of diabetes and heart disease. Adiponectin is an important hormone that assists metabolic processes like glucose regulation and the modulation of inflammation in the body.

The lead study author, Dr. Jason Lu concluded “results from our study suggest that higher intake of fish oil may moderately increase blood level of adiponectin, and these results support potential benefits of fish oil consumption on glucose control and fat cell metabolism.” This study demonstrates taking a standardized, distilled fish oil supplement (1,200 to 2,400 EPA/DHA daily) can help thwart development of diabetes and related complications.

5) Fish oil slows the aging process. Besides chronic inflammation, one of the primary causes of rapid aging is a shortening of DNA chromosomes known as telomeres. Over time, these telomeres, which act as “time keepers,” shorten and are no longer effective in maintaining the integrity of chromosomal DNA.

Supplementing with fish oil; however, can help protect the telomeres, which in turn can help slow the aging process. Researchers from Ohio State University discovered healthy adults who supplemented their diet with between 1.25 grams and 2.5 grams of fish oil every day for four months altered their fatty acid profiles so significantly that the telomeres remained far more preserved than normal.

6) Fish oil lubricates joints. Whether you suffer occasionally from acute joint pain following a heavy workout, or chronic joint pain in the form of gout or arthritis, you can benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of fish oil. Often referred to as a joint lubricant, fish oil effectively targets the molecules that cause inflammatory flare-ups, as well as help balance the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, making it an effective pain reliever in a variety of contexts.

7) Fish oil protects against heart attacks, promotes brain health. The cardio-protective benefits of fish oil are perhaps its most well known benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to consistently protect the heart and cardiovascular system against illness. Clinical evidence shows Omega-3s protect against high cholesterol by reducing systemic inflammation, as well as balance blood pressure and protect against heart disease.

Omega-3s also play a crucial role in brain health, as a significant portion of brain tissue is composed of these fatty acids. Supplementing with fish oil, in other words, can remedy a host of cognitive abnormalities like chronic “brain fog,” depression, neurological disorders, and dementia.

9) Omega-3 fatty acids dramatically increase female libido. Women taking fish oil are sometimes pleased – or alarmed – to discover a common side effect: becoming spontaneously orgasmic. On higher-than-normal doses, women often see increased libido and enjoy faster, stronger and more plentiful orgasms. As outlined in The Orgasmic Diet, this and several other dietary factors contribute to adding explosive heat to the bedroom.

10) Fish oil shown to help save eyesight. Two recent studies show that eating fish frequently and not smoking may significantly reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

A study done by the researchers from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, affiliated with Harvard Medical School and published in the Archives of Ophthamology found that those who ate the most fish — at least two weekly servings — reduced their risk of AMD by 45 percent over those who had less than one weekly serving.

Australian researchers at the University of Sydney also recently completed a five-year study of 2,900 people 49 and older, and found that people who ate at least one weekly serving of omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish — such as salmon and mackerel — reduced their risk of developing AMD by 40 percent.