As part of the 10 Habits, we recommended adding healthy fats into your daily plan. Omega 3 Fish Oil Capsules are probably as healthy as they come.
Omega 3 Fish Oil Capsules are rich in a specific group of fatty acids (omega 3 fatty acids) that are commonly missing the North American diet. When added to the diet, these fats (especially the DHA and EPA components) have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity in muscle cells while decreasing it in fat cells. As a result, nutrients are more likely to be shunted toward muscle instead of adipose tissue. In addition to improved carbohydrate storage, fish oil may improve the efficiency of protein storage, increase metabolic rate, and increase lean mass.
Although fish oil has the great body composition benefits listed above, it also can improve your health profile including reducing cardiovascular disease risk, cancer risk, and diabetes risk. As a result of this long list of benefits, it should be clear that fish oil is essential for exercisers and non-exercisers alike.
When choosing a fish oil supplement, be sure the oil comes from one of the following fish (or a combination of them): salmon, sardine, anchovy, or menhaden. Why these fish? Well, all the aforementioned fish are rich in DHA and EPA, the fats most often associated with all the benefits discussed above. And remember this, cod liver oil doesn't count - you're looking for EPA and DHA rich marine oils.
When looking for fish oil, it's important to know there are many brands that offer high quality product and these brands can be found in a variety of stores. Supplement stores, grocery stores, drug stores, and even price clubs (Sam's and Costco) now carry fish oil. The one thing you should make sure of is that the fish oil you buy is concentrated to between 30 and 60%. Therefore when flipping the bottle and looking at the label, you should see 300-600mg of combined EPA and DHA per 1000mg of oil.
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