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Do canned fish considered oily, such as tuna and salmon?
(August 8, 2011)

Fish like tuna and salmon are considered to be oily fish on account of the high levels of omega 3 essential fatty oils present in them. However one needs to keep in mind that in case of canned fish such as salmon and tuna the entire processing of canning them tends to take a toll on the nutrient value of the fish on account of the degree as well as the duration of the heat the fish is exposed to. Fish oil and the omega 3 acids present therein tend to minimize the triglyceride levels present in the bloodstream of the individual which are otherwise known to be related to heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions. Research has also shown that the omega 3 essential oils obtained from fish such as tuna and salmon when they are consumed fresh or even canned are the most ideal for the body as they are easily absorbed.

Submitted by N on August 8, 2011 at 01:19


Is fish oil good for your joints?

Fish oil which is extracted from oily fishes such contains Omega-3 fatty acids such as DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid). There are many benefits that have been linked with taking fish oil and one of them is relief for joint pain. Fish oil for join pain is recommended as fish oil contains anti-inflammatory properties. Keep in mind that joint aches and pains are almost always due to an inflammation. Therefore fish oil for joint relief works because it helps to deal with this inflammation. Taking fish oil for joint pain will help to alleviate the symptoms and bring relief from this problem. Studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids reduced inflammation as they interfere with the production of inflammation producing chemicals which stimulate the pain nerves in the tissues. Research has also shown that fish oil for joint pain is so effective that it can relieve pain symptoms even in rheumatoid arthritis. Do remember however, that fish oil for joint pain will not take away the pain completely. Using fish oil for joint relief will only work in cases where there is slight to moderate pain. It may also help where there is a larger degree of pain, but the fish oil may not be so effective in these cases.
Submitted by N on August 6, 2011 at 01:43


How fish oil lowers cholesterol?

Using fish oil for lowering cholesterol works. Studies have shown that fish oil can be used to bring down cholesterol levels. Read on to find out how to use fish oil for high cholesterol levels. Fish oil contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Both these are Omega-3 fatty acids and can help lower your LDL’s or low density lipoproteins. These fatty acids also help to lower triglyceride levels. Keep the following points in mind when you are looking for fish oil for lowering cholesterol. Be sure to choose a high quality of fish oil. Recommended fish oils include sardines, salmon, mackerel, hoki, tuna and anchovies. These fish oils for lowering cholesterol are recommended because they have a high Omega-3 content. It is also advisable to check with your general practitioner before taking any fish oil supplements to lower your cholesterol. Fish oil for lowering cholesterol is considered extremely effective and safe and another advantage it has, is that there are no side effects to taking it. Keep in mind that the DHA content should be at least 25% if you are benefit from using fish oil for lowering cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids also have other benefits like heart protection and boosting the immune system. So you end up benefiting in other areas as well.
Submitted by N on August 2, 2011 at 01:41


Can fish oil help lose weight?

Can fish oil help to lose weight? Many studies have been conducted on using fish oil for weight loss. Research shows that weight loss is accelerated when the consumption of fish oil is combined with a moderate amount of exercise. So how does using fish oil for weight loss help? In order to answer this question, we must look at the components of fish oil. Fish oil is derived from the fatty tissues of fish such as sardines, tuna and mackerel. It is an important source of omega-3 fatty acids or essential fatty acids. Two of the Omega-3 fatty acids it contains are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Studies on the use of fish oil to lose weight have found that this DHA can help to burn more fat. This will help one to lose weight rapidly. It has also been found fish oil helps to increase the effectiveness of aerobic exercises. This is another reason why fish oil for weight loss is effective. Fish oil has the ability to activate the enzymes that burn fat. Omega-3 fatty acids help to improve fat metabolism. By taking fish oil supplements you can lose weight due to the reasons given above.
Submitted by N on July 29, 2011 at 01:40


Does fish oil lower cholesterol?

Does fish oil lower cholesterol? The jury is still out on this question. This is because fish oil contains a small amount of cholesterol, so by taking it, it will still contribute to the rise of bad cholesterol. However, here are some facts about fish oil and how it helps cholesterol. Cholesterol is needed in the body to manufacture cell membranes, hormones and so on. Cholesterol travels through the bloodstream in small particles called lipoproteins. Lipoproteins are made up of protein molecules and fat. The more protein, the better for arterial health as they are denser. High density lipoproteins are known as HDL’s. Low density lipoproteins are known as LDL’s. LDL’s contain fewer proteins and thus tends to clog the blood vessels. Fish oil, however, does lower triglyceride levels in the body and thus reduces the chance of getting a heart attack. This brings us back to the question of fish oil for cholesterol control. If you wish to use fish oil to lower cholesterol, remember this lowering of cholesterol depends on the type of fish oil you are using. Some fish oils help to reduce the overall cholesterol level while some fish oils have no effect on cholesterol at all. High quality fish oils contain high levels of Omega 3 fats and will help to lower cholesterol.
Submitted by N on July 25, 2011 at 01:39


Salmon, mackerel, trout, pilchards and sardines all count as oily fish, whether canned or fresh. This is because the canning process does not reduce the fat content of the fish. Fresh tuna is an oily fish and is high in fatty acids. However, when tuna is canned, the fatty acids are reduced to levels similar to white fish. This happens as tuna is cooked before canning and therefore most of the oil is lost in the process. So although it is a healthy choice for many, it does not count as oily fish.

Oily fish is an excellent source of protein and also contains fewer harmful fats and calories. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish help prevent heart disease. Most people should eat more of oily fish as these fatty acids are very good for the heart. These are most beneficial to pregnant and breastfeeding women as they help in the development of a baby’s nervous system. Oily fish like mackerel, trout, herring, sardines and salmon are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Mussels, squid, crab and oysters are kinds of shellfish that provide these fatty acids, but not as much as oily fish do. Eating at least two portions of fish (including one of oily fish a week) is considered beneficial for one’s health.  One portion amounts to 140 grams.  Women who are planning a pregnancy or women who are pregnant or nursing should not eat more than two portions of oily fish a week. Other women, men and boys can eat up to four small or regular portions a week.
There are limits as to how much oily fish can be included in a person’s diet as this type of fish often contain low levels of pollutants that are harmful for the body as they build up over time. These pollutants include dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s). The recommended amount of oily fish is lower for most girls and women as high levels of PCB’s and dioxins in their diet could later affect the development of a baby. A sudden change in diet when pregnant will not change the levels of PCB’s or dioxins in one’s body so it is better to limit the intake from a young age.

You do not have to give up eating oily fish completely. The health benefits outweigh the risks provided you stick to the recommended quantities. Make sure that you discuss any change in diet with your doctor if you are trying to conceive.
Submitted by S M on May 11, 2010 at 12:46


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