Fish Oil - Are They All The Same?
Not all fish oils are equal. It is vital that you only using fish oils of the highest quality and purity, sourced from small, cold water fish using eco-fishing practices. For optimal health benefits, it is important to ensure that the concentrated fish oils are well below Australian allowable standards for contaminants such as heavy metals, pesticides and solvents. Here at Melbourne Natural Medicine Clinic, we only stock fish oils that meet these requirements.
As with everything, you tend to get what you pay for. Cheap supplement formulas tend to contain cheaper ingredients in an imbalanced ratio. While on the surface they may appear easier on the pocket, in the long run, they prove quite uneconomical. You may need to take a lot more of a cheaper product to get the same benefits as one of the superior quality, and taking a higher number may increase your risk of unwelcome side-effects.
Fuelling The Fire Within
The term “inflammation” comes from the Latin word ‘inflammatio’ which simply means, ‘to set on fire’. Typical symptoms of inflammation include pain, redness, heat and swelling. Inflammation is a natural response to something that causes irritation. Its two main actions are to protect and heal; it is a way for the body to seal off the area, kill off any invaders, remove damaged tissue and cells and allow the area to repair
Fresh Food Is Anti-Inflammatory
The modern Western diet is inflammatory. Food has the ability to produce or reduce inflammation. Diets high in sugar, processed foods and foods high in ‘bad’ fats such as hydrogenated and trans-fatty acids are pro-inflammatory.
Making positive food choices can create lasting healthy eating habits for life:
• Eat seasonally, fresh and organic as often as possible.
• Choose two serves of fresh fruits and at least three cups of
fresh vegetables daily.
• Include herbs and spices in your cooking, especially ginger
• Include healthy oils, nuts and seeds in your diet.
• Minimise consumption of processed, refined carbohydrates
(e.g. white bread, pasta, cereals, cakes).
• If susceptible, dairy products and gluten containing grains
can trigger an inflammatory response and are best avoided.
Omega 3 essential fatty acids from fish oil are also extremely important for your brain. Studies have shown that DHA, one of the major components of fish oil, improves cognitive function. This component has also been shown to be very effective for protection against age-related mental decline.
Freedom From Pain and Inflammation
Don’t allow chronic pain and inflammation to fuel your life. Address the underlying causes of your inflammation now and take steps to put this fire out. With high quality fish oil, some dietary and lifestyle modifications and the support of your Practitioner, you can regain your life and the freedom to enjoy daily activities and the future.
For more information about breaking free from the bonds of pain and inflammation, book in for a consultation with one of our naturopaths today!