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Fish Oil for Heart, Health, and Happiness

A couple of months ago, following a check-up, my doctor told me that I was deficient in vitamin D. She said it was important for my overall health that I remedy the situation immediately, and that to increase my vitamin D levels I could take either vitamin D supplements or fish oil.

Strange person that I am, I chose the fish oil. I found it at a natural foods store and since then I’ve been taking 1 large spoonful a day, with food. I’ve tried a few different brands and they all taste pretty much the same. Yes, fish oil tastes pretty vile, but downing a spoonful of it takes only a second, so I don’t mind. I didn’t think much about the fish oil until I noticed that the annoyingly itchy eczema that has plagued my joints for the last ten summers was gone. My eczema breakouts began when I was in my 30’s, and for some reason came on with the hot weather, but not this year. I realized the only thing different in my diet is the fish oil.

To confirm my suspicions that the fish oil had cured me, I researched fish oil online and found that taking it by the spoonful or in capsules is a well recognized treatment for eczema and psoriasis, both of which are considered autoimmune skin disorders. Fish oil is believed to be so effective because it’s high in Omega-3 fatty acids, which have anti-inflammatory properties.

To my surprise, I also learned that the omega-3’s in fish oil are essential for protecting your heart and preventing heart disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, inflammation can damage blood vessels and interfere with proper heart function, so fish oil helps there, too. What’s more, fish oil is considered a very effective treatment for depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and attention deficit disorder. It turns out that not getting enough fish oil can make you really disagreeable!

In order to increase the amount of fish oil in your diet, one option is to increase your intake of wild, oily fleshed, cold-water fish. These include salmon, herring, anchovies, sardines, mackerel, salmon, albacore tuna, and lake trout. You can also take good quality fish oil capsules. Personally, I’m going to try to eat more of the recommended kinds of fish, but I’m definitely going to keep taking fish oil. I’m grateful to have finally found a remedy for the eczema, and to have discovered this little secret for heart health and happiness!

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