How Many Times Have I Told You to Take Your Stinkin Fish Oil???

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Why do I need to take Fish Oil???

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are two kinds of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) that are not produced in the human body but that are essential throughout the human life cycle.

EFAs regulate pain, control inflammation, help maintain good blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and may even help with depression and anxiety. The only way to get these EFAs is through our diet. Omega-3 comes mostly from cold water fish while Omega-6 fatty acids are found in corn, soybeans, safflower, and sunflower oil. It is important to have a balance between both of these essential acids, although we tend to eat way more Omega-6 fatty acids then Omega-3s. Because most of the fish we eat today is farm raised on a grain diet, it is difficult if not impossible to get enough Omega-3s without taking it as a supplement.

For CrossFitter, Omega-3s are fundamental to optimal wellness and fitness. Besides helping the body run smoothly, you will have less muscle soreness, it will help with joint mobility, and it will increase energy and help you think clearly. Studies on how much to take have been inconclusive, resulting in most brands recommending a lower dosage then what is actually needed.

Generally, CrossFitters take about 4 times the recommended amount on the label. Make sure you take a high quality brand that has good manufacturing standards and whose product does not smell or taste overly fishy (this means it has probably been exposed to oxygen and is becoming rancid). I like Nordic Naturals, because the quality is good and it has a slight citrus flavor added in. There are, however, other good quality brands that are less expensive. Because fish oil thins the blood, it is not recommended to take while using blood thinners, while taking large amounts of aspirin, before surgery or if you are in an area where risk of bleeding is high, such as if you are a soldier in a combat zone. Do some research and decide for yourselves what you think about it! Found at: http://www.crossfitsantacruz.com/crossfit_santa_cruz/2008/06/got-fish-oil.html

Fish Oil Info:

-To know exactly how much fish oil YOU should be taking click HERE
-CF Journal: Diet, Inflammation and Disease: click HERE
-Robb Wolf on Fish Oil: click HERE

How do I know if my Fish Oil is of Good Quality?

-Put your fish oil in a freezer. Quality fish oil is not supposed to freeze (like alcohol). If your fish oil FREEZES…NO GOOD!

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4 Responses to “How Many Times Have I Told You to Take Your Stinkin Fish Oil???”

  1. read my mind….just wondering this AM how much fish oil was recommended for me!!! Great info

  2. thanks for the props… gonna go take my fish oils now – great post & thanks for the reminder!! šŸ™‚

  3. Knew I should be more vigalant about taking it. Wasn’t sure all the reasons why. Will Buy some more immediately. šŸ™‚

  4. […] 3- FISH OILS: * Reason #1 * Reason #2 […]

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