The World Health Organization recommends having a portion size of 1–2 per week and that’s because the omega-3 fatty acids in fish provide multiple health benefits and are believed to help in the prevention of many cardiovascular, skin and psychological disorders.
Keeping the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in mind, following are top five benefits of fish oil.
Good for heart health: Omega-3 fatty acids increase your HDL (good cholesterol) and also decreases the quantity of fatty acids taken to the liver, slowing down the fatty acid synthesis and inhibiting the enzymes that produce triglycerides in the blood. Numerous studies have shown that people who consume lot of fish have lower rate of heart diseases.
Helps to reduce inflammation: There have been various studies done to prove that fish oils have certain anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat diseases that have chronic inflammation, like obesity, diabetes and depression. Fish oils significantly reduce joint pain, stiffness and medication needs in people with arthritis, a disease where inflammation leads to painful joints.
Helps to reduce weight: Fish oil converts white fat into brown fat by activating a protein called UCP1. Brown fat tissue is more beneficial than white fat because it’s able to burn more calories. Some studies too have shown that fish oil supplementation, in combination with diet or exercise, can help you lose weight. One study of 21 individuals showed that fish oil supplements reduced their waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio.