Salmon Oil Benefits are a property of two important omega-3 fatty acids:
- EPA: Eicosapentaenoic Acid
- DHA: Docosahexaenoic Acid
Our bodies are not able to produce omega-3 fatty acids on their own, so they are known as essential fatty acids that we must consume through the foods we eat or the supplements we take.
These fatty acids typically occur in fish oils as 18 percent EPA and 12 percent DHA, but in a high quality omega 3 supplement you want to look for a blend containing 30% EPA and 20% DHA.
I apologize for the techy talk, but I want to make sure you understand the science of healthy oils. So, remember these numbers when you go to purchase an omega 3 supplement!
And although I am talking about salmon oil benefits in particular, many common fish oil supplements are made from any combination of mackerel, tuna, salmon, anchovy, sardines and herring. It is salmon, however, that ranks the highest when it comes to the amount of Omega 3 fatty oils mentioned above.
Ok, now that you know what to purchase, let’s get to the details of why you would want to purchase them.
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Research Studies Demonstrating Salmon Oil Benefits
These unique omega 3 fatty acids provide a number of impressive health benefits. See for yourself…
- Lowered Cholesterol levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol in the blood, while at the same time improving the levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.
- Improved Heart Health: One study at the Mayo Clinic reported that if a person has a heart attack and also has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in his body, the risk of dying immediately after the attack is dramatically reduced!
- Decreases Platelet Stickiness: this is important in the case of stroke and stroke risk, but also, there is a big caution here for anyone already taking anti-coagulant therapy or who has a genetic anti-clotting blood disorder.
- Blood pressure reductions
- Improved Joint Pain in both cases of Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis
- Brain Function is improved which has great implications in cases of depression, age related decline as well as Alzheimer’s.
- Aids in Weight Loss as we now know that omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to be stored as fat than unhealthy fats.
- As a powerful anti-inflammatory, it is helpful for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as asthma and psoriasis.
- Salmon oil is also known to prevent prostate cancer.
- There have been positive reports in reducing the risk of breast cancer.
- Another of salmon oil benefits is the reduction of pain caused by menstrual cramps.
Salmon Oil Benefits for your Pets
Humans are not the only ones who need these salmon oil benefits.
Specifically for your dogs and cats, this is what omega 3 supplements can do for them:
- Improve the quality and shine of his fur.
- Reduce and prevent the pain and tenderness of arthritis.
- Reduce the risk of kidney disease by balancing the high levels of omega 6 fatty acids found in most commercial pet foods.
- Acts as an over all anti-inflammatory, helpful for any inflammatory condition such as digestive challenges, allergies or skin issues.
As an aside, if you are looking to understand more about feeding your pets quality food, click onto the radio interview I did with a vet and breeder about this exact topic ( or simply scroll down the right hand column to see the radio shows I’ve produced).
Comparing Flaxseed and Salmon Oil Benefits
There is a third omega-3 fatty acid, known as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in high concentrations in flaxseed oil.
I will agree that this is awesome, especially for the vegetarians and vegans in the crowd…that is where I fit in.
Although, we do know that the body has the ability to partially convert the ALA in flaxseed oil into EPA and DHA (the fatty acids found in fish oil), there are a few big BUT’s…
- The first challenge is that the health benefits of ALA are not as well documented as the benefits of EPA and DHA. Furthermore, the benefits we see from flaxseed oil supplementation may simply exist after ALA’s conversion to EPA and DHA, leaving ALA’s contribution minimal.
- Secondly, fish oil is one of the few dietary sources of EPA and DHA, and certainly no other dietary source has even close to the same amounts, other than a new rising star called krill oil that I will discuss in a separate article (coming soon!).
- Lastly, and perhaps the biggest concern is that we don’t know how effective the actual conversion rate to DHA and EPA is, as the enzymes required for conversion are highly affected by factors such as age, gender and diet.
So I would highly recommend that even vegetarians include a quality omega 3 supplement derived from fish oil, such as GNLD’s Salmon Oil Plus.
Additionally, if you are pregnant or breast feeding, I would highly suggest that you include with your prenatal vitamins a fish oil derived DHA supplement, regardless of whether you are vegetarian or not. The brain development of your baby should not be compromised and you will need a quality DHA supplement.