Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Something smells fishy

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.



LifeatTheCircus said...

I must say you have me convinced. How old do kids have to be to take them?

Lisa said...

I was good at taking prenatal vitamins, but now that the breast feeding is over, I had stopped. I just started taking a multivitamin again this week. Now, I better add the fish pill too. Thanks Christine!

Christine said...

life@thecircus, I just updated my post with that info. Thanks for asking. SIX MONTHS!

Tracy said...

I take fish oil daily too. My middle child has arthritis and so I have tried several different kinds of fish oil capsules with her and they were all gross. You know, the kid kind that they chew and come in flavors? So I gave up. I really wish you'd share what kind you give your kids! I also have to be careful that Cassie doesn't get any Omega 6's - those actually make inflammation worse.

Christine said...

Well, Tracy, I said I wouldn't push Dr. Sears' products yet here I go!

Click on his links in my post. He has designed his stuff specifically to NOT taste fishy. It's much pricier than the giant bottles I grab at Wal Mart, but they may help you out until she can swallow capsules.

Memarie Lane said...

I started taking fish oil when I found out I was pregnant a few months ago, and it has made a HUGE difference in my brain power. I buy it at Sam's Club, it's much cheaper there, $12 for a bottle of 150 1200mg capsules (so you only have to take one a day). I hadn't thought about giving it to my kids but I have no idea how to get them to take it.

Anonymous said...

I give my dyslexic daughter a product called Coromega. It is a little packet full of lemon-lime flavored omega3 and DHA. The packet looks like a ketchup packet you get with fast food. www.coromega.com

Tara said...

Thanks for posting this.. I have been pondering over the Fish Oil.. Perhaps I will have my family try it..

Gayle said...

My sister-in-law takes shark liver oil to help with her asthma..seems to help

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