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15 convincing reasons to supplement with fish oil

September 07, 2015 2 min read

Fish oil has been all the rage for many years and most people I know in the fitness industry supplement with it. However, I myself stopped using it after reading some conflicting studies to its effectiveness and toxicity. Though, the record was set straight for me by coach Charles R Poliquin when I recently attended a seminar with him. The studies I read playing down fish oil's potency weren't wrong; most store-bought oils are already rancid and/or derived from unclean waters. Poliquin listed the following 15 reasons why everyone should be supplementing with a high-quality, clean fish oil. fish oil
  1. Reduce inflammation:
    • Chronic inflammation, which often remains untreated, can eventually cause several diseases and conditions, including some cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, periodontitis, heart disease and hay fever.
  2. Heal gut, aid with serotonin production:
    • Fish oil may make you happy. It's believed that 95% of all serotonin production is in the gut. Fish oil can help the gut heal and make more of the happy stuff.
  3. Helps with all known diseases:
    • This is a biggie. From bipolar disorder to coronary heart disease to strokes. Fish oil is listed as having some benefit to every illness. And there's at least 14 studies for each disorder to back this claim.
  4. Cell membrane health:
    • Healthy cell membranes are vitally important to your rate of aging, overall structural integrity, good metabolism, cardiovascular health, and ability to reduce inflammation.
  5. Turns on lipogenic genes:
    • In a nut-shell, fish oil stimulates the fat burning gene.
  6. Turns off lipogenic gene
    • In a nut-shell, fish oil de-stimulates the fat-storing gene.
  7. Lowers c-reactive proteins
    • C-reactive proteins increase when there is inflammation in the body. A high reading may be an indication for heart attack or stroke.
  8. Increases fat use as fuel
    • Need I say more?
  9. Decreases bad gut bacteria
    • Fish oil can aid in balancing out gut imbalances.
  10. Boosts brain function
    • There's a plethora of evidence to support the claim that omega-3 fatty acids support all brain function from memory to working speed and even in preventing dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
  11. Maximize strength gains
    • Supplementing with fish oil is so effective at increasing strength gains that the NCAA (The National Collegiate Athletic Association) bans its use in competitive college athletes as being an unfair advantage to less affluent athletes and schools.
  12. Lowers cortisol
    • Fish oil decreases the level of the stress hormone cortisol.
  13. Promotes Anabolism
    • In the absence of cortisol which degrades muscles the body is in a better position to build and regenerate.
  14. Reduces pain
    • Some believe fish oil should be a corner-stone of any pain reduction strategy. By reducing inflammation fish oil can reduce pain from arthritis, osteoporosis, joint pain among others.
  15. Lowers Leptin
    • Leptin is a hormone that regulates metabolism and appetite. Again, many studies prove fish oil's effectiveness in lowering leptin levels.
Convinced yet? I for one will be recommending fish oil to all my loved ones. But quality matters! In my next post I will be discussing how to choose a quality oil. Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_108268" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]  

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