Fish oil, also called tran, is extracted from fatty tissue of marine mammals. It belongs to the group of triglycerides. As a dietary supplement, it consists of 30 to 35% omega3 fatty acids. Fish oil contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which are important substances for the human body. The fish oil used as a dietary supplement is obtained from salmon and anchovies. Omega3 fatty acids belong to the group of unsaturated fatty acids. They are vital for the human body. An intake can only take place through food since the body itself can not produce them.
Omega3 fatty acids contained in fish oil are a building block of the cell membrane. The shells of the cells are kept supple by them. They are also needed for the production of various endogenous messenger substances (tissue hormones). Omega3 fatty acids can strengthen the immune system and support the healing process of inflammations. Omega3 fatty acids are involved in many metabolic processes. Growth and development of the child are supported by omega3- fatty acids already in the womb.
Omega3- fatty acids contained in fish oil protect the heart. EPA and DHA can have a positive effect on the heart. They can prevent cardiac arrhythmias, stabilize vessels, slow down changes in coronary vessels, lower triglyceride levels and inhibit platelet aggregation.
The work of nerve cells depends, among other things, on the amount of omega3- fatty acids in the cell membrane. A sufficient supply of omega3- fatty acids is therefore already important for unborn children. Also attention and concentration deficiencies can be reduced by the intake of OMega3- fatty acids.
The intake of OMega3- fatty acids is particularly recommended for pregnant women, adolescents, athletes and older people. Since omega3 fatty acids have positive effects on development and growth, sufficient supply is particularly important for unborn children and adolescents. Omega3 can also counteract age-related muscle loss. Omega3 fatty acids are suitable for athletes because EPA and DHA have a positive effect on muscle regeneration. Thus, muscle soreness can be weakened or completely prevented by taking fish oil. Omega3 fatty acids can also improve protein biosynthesis and ensure a longer retention of strength after exercise.
It is recommended to consume fish twice a week. Herring, salmon, sardine and tuna are particularly recommended. These types of fish are particularly rich in omega3. However, the heavy metal contamination of fish makes it difficult to find uncontaminated fish. Therefore, the intake of fish oil is recommended when unpolluted fish cannot be accessed.
However, vegans also have the option of taking omega3- fatty acids, for example in the form of algae oil.
By means of a blood test the Omega3- value can be determined. Since omega3 fatty acids must be measured in conjunction with other fats, the necessary intake varies from person to person. A special blood test measures how much EPA and DHA arrive in the blood. The values can be measured because the fatty acids adhere to the red blood cells. If the omega3- index is 8 to 11 percent, it is considered optimal.
Fish oil as a dietary supplement is often available in the form of capsules. The intake is recommended not only for risk groups. Browse our store for the right product for you. In the category “fish oil” you will find, for example, the product Omega-3 Vida.