- Fish oil contains EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), two long-chain omega-3 fatty acids associated with multiple health benefits.
- Fish oil has repeatedly been shown to support normal blood pressure and optimal serum triglyceride levels (Circulation 1993;88:523-33; BMJ 1995;310:819-20).
- Fish oil has also demonstrated balancing effects on platelet stickiness and the rhythm of heart contractions (N Engl J Med 1988;318:549-57).
- Controlled clinical research has established the ability of fish oil to affect arterial blood flow capacity in a manner consistent with heart and vascular health (Ann Intern Med 1999;130:554-62).
- The American Heart Association recommends regular intake of omega-3 fatty acids from fish to all people to maintain cardiovascular health, and consideration of fish oil supplements for those diagnosed with coronary heart disease (Circulation 2002;106:2747-2757).
- EPA and DHA help the body balance the effects of other fatty acids that promote the release of immune system-stimulating biochemicals (N Engl J Med 1985;312:1217-24; Lipids 1999;34:317-24). This effect is especially useful for maintaining long-term, comfortable function of joint structures (Arthritis Rheum 1995;38:1107-14; Ann Rheum Dis 1988;47:96-104).
- The prostaglandin-balancing effects of EPA and DHA additionally support maintenance of a healthy immune system (Nutrition 1998;14:627-33).
- Neurobiological research has indicated that the large amounts of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in the brain play vital structural and functional roles in the nervous system (Int J Dev Neurosci 2000; 18:383-99).
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