At my last annual physical, my doctor recommended that I add fish oil to my daily intake of supplements to help keep my cholesterol down. Specifically, he recommended a fish oil supplement that contains high levels of both DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid). In my case, I am taking fish oil from Vital Oils – two gel tabs each containing 750mg of DHA and 250 mg of EPA. Obviously you should discuss your needs with your own physician.
It turns out that many fish oil supplements on the market contain much lower levels of one or both of these components. Further, my doctor noted that consuming fish several times a week as I do does not offer the same benefit.
This past week the Los Angeles Times published an article that explains why omega-3 fish oil supplementation works well to keep you healthy. In a joint American and Japanese study, researchers found that omega-3 fish oil helps reduce inflammation caused by certain white blood cells. An excess of this inflammation can make the immune system resistant to insulin thereby triggering diabetes.
So, it appears that in addition to moderating cholesterol in the blood, omega-3 fish oil can also protect you against diabetes and other conditions that result from chronic inflammation in the body.