The information listed below is from Dr. Joseph Mercola, DO – more information on the benefits of fish oils can be found on his site.
I am often asked what addition to the diet, outside of increasing the intake of water and fresh green vegetables, I most recommend to fight and prevent disease and live longer. My answer is easy: fish oil, fish oil, fish oil! More specifically, as you should read below, fish oil for those whose vitamin D levels are adequate [for those with low vitamin-D, a high quality Vitamin D3 supplement should be added – see AtlasChiro.com for further details; added by Dr. Roundy.
Americans consume a dangerously insufficient amount of Omega-3, a fat essential to good health but only found in fish oil and a few other foods. Meanwhile, our intake of Omega-6, another fat found in corn, soy, sunflower and other oils, is far too high. The ideal ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 should be 1:1, but the typical American’s ratio ranges from 20:1 to 50:1!
I am convinced — and even the medical establishment addicted to band-aid treatments versus prevention is conceding — that this lack of Omega-3 in our diets is a primary reason behind many of the diseases Americans face, and our shorter lifespan in relation to many other “first world” countries such as Japan or Greece.
While a helpful form of Omega-3 can be found in flaxseed, walnuts and a few other foods, the most beneficial form of Omega-3 — containing two fatty acids, DHA and EPA, that are essential to fighting and preventing both physical and mental disease — can only be found in fish. Unfortunately, however, I now warn my patients against consuming fish unless they are certain it has been lab-tested and shown to be free of harmful mercury and other toxins, such as the Vital Choice salmon offered through this site. Fish of all varieties from all water sources are now showing dangerously high levels of the tasteless but highly toxic metal, mercury, and so unless you are certain the fish you are consuming have been independently tested and shown to be free of toxins, I urge you to consider avoiding the fish.
And so I recommend, above almost any other addition to everyone’s diet — from infant to senior and every age in between — fish oil. I have researched and tried many fish oil brands, and the one I recommend most highly is the Carlson’s brand of fish oil.
In addition, Carlson’s fish oil — the brand I highly recommend — is one of the few that put the extra vitamin E in it for you straight from the get go. With Carlson’s you don’t have to take extra vitamin E if you don’t want to.
Take one teaspoon of Carlson’s liquid oil for every 50 pounds of body weight daily.
You can also use a wine saver to create a vacuum to better preserve your fish oil. Simply transfer your fish oil to a bottle that fits the wine saver cap (many conventional containers). The Vacu Vin Wine Saver, available at Amazon.com, is an exceptional choice (and a great gift for anyone who enjoys wine, too), as it allows you to pump out the air inside the bottle prior to sealing, it is very durable, and costs under $15.00.
Original article can be found here.