Fish Oil For Fighting Inflammation

Fish Oil Is A Treatment For All Forms Of Inflammation

Most people know that omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil have remarkable health benefits. The science behind this is so compelling that Big Pharma has developed its own fish oil prescription drugs.

But a 2012 study indicated that a quality fish oil supplement provides everything needed for powerful protection against many diseases. It doesn’t need to be an expensive prescription; these supplements can be found at most health food stores.

According to Life Extension magazine, “This landmark study found that the components in fish oil not only stop inflammation in its tracks—they actively treat inflammation that is already present. But better than that, the researchers discovered the secret behind fish oil's super-nutrient status.”

How to Stop Inflammation

It is a well-known fact that a diet rich in omega-3s reduces overall inflammation in the body. Now scientists have discovered the growing role of chronic inflammation in causing the symptoms of aging.

Researchers at the University of California-San Diego have published a study indicating how fish oil works inside a cell to produce its anti-inflammatory properties. Having adequate omega-3s in the system provides a body with the tools necessary to combat and resolve acute inflammation almost as soon as it is triggered.

Why Does the Body Get Inflamed?

Acute inflammation is necessary to the body; without it, wounds and infections would never heal. The whole system works wonderfully under normal situations of acute inflammation. But with chronic inflammation, something goes awry. Instead of controlled resolution, where it begins to heal the body and stops when the crisis is over, inflammation continues along at a reduced, but still active level. Fortunately, by restoring molecules to normal levels, many inflammatory processes can be rapidly resolved and healing can begin.

According to chronicillnessrecovery.org, here is a partial, yet exhaustive list of diseases believed to be caused by chronic inflammation:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS / CFIDS / ME)
  • Chronic Lyme disease (borreliosis)
  • Crohn's disease
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia (FM)
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hashimoto's thyroiditis
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Interstitial cystitis (IC)
  • Kidney stones
  • Lupus erythematosus
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS)
  • Migraine headache
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Raynaud's syndrome/phenomenon
  • Reactive arthritis (Reiter syndrome)
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Sinusitis
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Vertigo

It has been demonstrated that taking adequate amounts of omega-3 fish oils can be beneficial in symptom relief for a number of these diseases. Many of these diseases are autoimmune in nature and giving the immune system the building blocks found in fish oil can help it to function more healthily and normally. Do you have a favorite fish oil supplement? What benefits have you noticed?

One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler, Eye Love

Dr. Travis Zigler

Other Dry Eye articles by Dr. Zigler: 4 Tips to Stop Waking Up With Dry, Painful EyesWhich Antidepressants Cause Dry Eye; and What Not To Eat If You Have Dry Eye

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