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6 Benefits of Salmon Oil

6 Benefits of Salmon Oil

By Barbara Ross

TP 202003 NUTRITION 01

Fish oils in general are known to be loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and other forms of nutrients that are very important for the human body. Salmon, and salmon oil in particular, are often considered as superheroes among nutritious foods as they are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, along with being tasty and being widely available as well.

 

Salmon oil is proven to reduce several health risks and enhance overall well-being.

 

The main two types of omega-3 fats present in salmon oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Both of these are known to help reduce heart diseases and improve brain health, among many other benefits.

 

Here are six major benefits of salmon oil.

 

Reduces inflammation

Several studies have proven that the fatty acids present in salmon oil are capable of reducing the symptoms caused by the human body鈥檚 inflammatory response. This means that it is capable of supressing the effects or impact of the inflammatory chemicals produced by the immune system, and in turn reduce diseases like arthritis, diabetes and heart issues that occur as a result of inflammation.

 

Improves blood flow

The human body produces a compound called nitric acid, and through it nitric oxide which essentially aids in the relaxation of blood vessels, which reduces blood pressure and consequently improves blood flow. Studies have shown that omega-3 present in salmon oil helps in the production of nitric oxide.

 

According to one particular study conducted on 21 people who regularly consumed EPA and DHA, the two main fatty acids of salmon oil, subjects were found to experience enhanced blood circulation and improved delivery of oxygen while exercising, when compared to a group of people who consumed different supplements.

 

Improves brain health

It is an already proven fact that omega-3 is essentail for brain development in children. Further studies have shown that it is just as important and helps improve brain health later on in life as well.

 

Certain test tube studies and animal based studies have shown that the DHA present in salmon oil helps in neural cell development. Furthermore, sufficient consumption of DHA is also linked to reduced risk of cognitive impairment associated with ageing and also Alzheimer鈥檚 Disease.

 

Some other studies also suggest salmon oil as a treatment for Parkinson鈥檚 Disease, which goes to prove that it generally helps with neurodegenerative diseases developed by the body.

 

Reduces Cholesterol

The omega-3 fatty acids contained in salmon oil are known to reduce the levels of triglycerides in your body which reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke. Triglycerides are certain types of fats that actually affect overall heart health.

 

Additionally, omega-3 fatty acids also increase the levels of HDL cholesterol; that is, the good cholesterol in your body. Several studies have proven the positive impact of salmon oil on heart health and how it improves the composition of fat components in the blood.

 

Improved foetal development

Salmon oil plays a major role in foetal development as demonstrated in several studies. Pregnant mothers who took regular omega-3 supplements throughout the nine months were found to have developed improved motor skills as well as cognitive abilities.

 

The children too were found to display lesser risk of developing behavioural issues early on in their childhood.

 

Improves skin and eye health

Last but not least, regular consumption of salmon oil has also been proven to improve vision and develop eye health when consumed regularly during childhood. Continued intake of omega-3 in adulthood also reduces the risk of dangerous eye diseases like glaucoma and other age-associated eye issues.

 

The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 further help to improve skin health reduce the impact of sun damage and similar issues, and also aid wound healing.

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