Postmenopausal women may be able to reduce their risk of heart disease almost 30 percent by taking fish oil supplements.
Essential Fatty Acids
Using a good sunscreen, drinking lots of water, and getting enough sleep goes a long way towards promoting healthy skin, but for a complexion that really glows, a healthy dose of essential fatty acids (EFAs) is, well, essential. These good fats are key players in the conversion of food to energy, the transfer of oxygen to cells, and the production of hormone-like prostaglandins, which guard against conditions such as inflammation, cancer, and heart disease. But their primary function is maintaining the liquid barrier surrounding all the cells of the body, including those of the skin.
It’s a complicated issue: Fish is rich in nutrients essential to cardiovascular health, prompting the American Heart Association to recommend at least two servings of fish a week. Yet, one-fifth of the world’s stock is over-fished or depleted, with half nearing that mark.
Omega-3 fatty acids have proven beneficial in treating a myriad of chronic inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease as well as memory loss, diabetes, psoriasis and more. Now add to that list heart disease and depression.