Do you still get confused when Dr. Oz throws around a bunch of words and initials like Omega 3's, EPA, DHA and fatty acids? I mean - fatty acids - sounds like something that could sizzle away your flesh, or make you bloat. Yet, we keep hearing how good this stuff can be for us.
My family does one thing together every day without fail: we take a multivitamin and a fish oil pill. The multivitamin is a no-brainer. No one will argue its advantages. However, the whole fish oil pill might blow right past you. There are lots (and LOTS) of natural supplements out there. Why fish oil? Why? WHY, Christine??
I'll tell you why. Fish oil reduces inflammation (which can also reduce pain), improves fats in your blood, improves brain function (I know, I know - it's all relative), reduces cancer risks (breast, colon and prostate), helps lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol, can alleviate the symptoms of disorders such as depression or bipolar disorder, can improve symptoms of ADD and ADHD, can bring relief to those with dyslexia and compulsive disorders, lowers triglycerides, slows "hardening of the arteries," and the list goes on.
Not every single person will see every single benefit, of course, and studies are still continuing. However, you can bet that one fish oil capsule a day will bring benefits. So, everyone in the house gets one. My youngest bites hers and sucks the oil out, then spits the outside of the capsule in the trash. Gross, I know, but she doesn't seem to care! She would be the only one with a nasty, fishy aftertaste. The rest of us chug ours down with some water and never think about it again.
I definitely have seen the benefits when it comes to Mac's Tourettes and other ADD-esque issues we have in our home.
Dr. Sears recommends that his patients start taking fish oil at six months of age! He has his own products, but you can find many alternatives in your local area. I do love Dr. Sears, but he has become a little product heavy for my taste over the last 2-3 years - so don't take this as an endorsement of his stuff!
I buy mine in bottles of 400, seeing how we go through about 200 a month. There is no fishy aftertaste (says it on the bottle we get).
Just FYI: fish oil does not, however, help alleviate the itching associated with Fifth Disease. That, it seems, just needs about two weeks to run its course.