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The VIM & VIGR team is always on the lookout for healthy products, foods and workouts to try because we love to look and feel our best. Who doesn’t?! When it comes to vitamins and supplements, there can be a lot of information to sort through regarding benefits, warnings and determining whether you need them or not. That’s why we decided to break down some of the information for you on one of our favorite supplements: fish oil! One thing that we really like about fish oil is that it has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great compliment to wearing compression socks, but there’s a lot more to it. Here are some of the whos, whats and whys to fish oil:
Who should use it? Whether you are an athlete, a pregnant woman, or simply someone invested in their health, fish oil benefits almost anyone and everyone.
What does it taste like? As long as you don’t bite into it (yuck), the taste is pretty minimal. It usually comes as a medium-sized gel pill that goes down with a little water. There may be a fishy aftertaste – try freezing them to avoid a case of the fish burps.
What’s so great about it? Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which is something that our bodies do not naturally produce. According to WebMD, omega-3 fatty acids reduce pain and swelling, prevent the blood from clotting easily and benefit the heart. Additionally, fish oil is used for diabetes, asthma, developmental coordination and movement disorders, dyslexia, obesity, kidney disease, weak bones, thinking disorders and various diseases related to pain and swelling. Whoa!
Is there anything else? Yep. In addition to all of the above, fish oil is also amazing for your hair and skin. This Huffington Post article states that fish oil can reduce acne and ward off wrinkles, as well as give you stronger, more luminous hair. Score!
While fish oil supplements have a lot of amazing benefits, it’s important to take entire diet and health status into account before running to the store. If you currently take fish oil, what tips would you share with those who are new to it?