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Thursday, October 16, 2008 Bookmark Now! | Email to a friend  

Is fish oil really good for you?

Yes, we became aware of this trend while examining the medicine cabinets of friends and neighbors. Right next to the antifungal cream, there's usually a bottle of fish oil capsules. So is it actually healthy, or is fish oil just another form of snake oil?

While there doesn't appear to be 100 percent absolute rock-solid proof that fish oil is good for you, there is plenty of supporting evidence. The Harvard Medical School writes, "Research continues to confirm that the omega-3 fatty acids found in oily, dark-fleshed fish offer genuine health benefits."

Many of those benefits appear to be related to the heart. The Minnesota Sea Grant explains that the biggest benefit is "the reduction of platelet activity (blood clotting) and plaque formation which in turn can prevent heart attacks." In other words, fish oil can help increase the flow of blood through the heart's arteries.

The American Heart Association states that the fatty acids found in fish oil are beneficial to both people with healthy hearts as well as those who have or at risk of cardiovascular disease." Still, as with all medical matters, be sure to check with your doctor first.

Source: ask.yahoo.com

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