Today, we are going to talk about fish oil. Now many of you may be thinking why I am not saving Anabolic Steroids for my last blog post. The simple answer, they are illegal. Sure, you can find “legal steroids” that don’t need a prescription online, but they are only legal for now. They are legal because of loopholes in the law and are not regulated. Therefore, many of these so called “legal steroids” carry serious risk to those who use them. If you want to build muscle quickly, illegally, have mood swings, acne, and extreme loss of muscle mass when cycling off, then go ahead, take your steroids. However, if you want to build muscle naturally, safely and keep the results of all your hard work, stay away from steroids.
I apologize for ranting, but let us turn our direction back to the wonderful scientific development of using fish oil as a supplement. Fish in general are known to be very rich in the important oil known as omega-3 fatty acids. You can obtain these omega-3’s by eating fish, or by taking a fish oil supplement. Fish oil has many different uses, but it is often used to help protect the heart and keep a healthy blood pressure. This supplement has been found to help lower blood pressure as well as triglycerides that are associated with high cholesterol. When taken in suggested amounts, fish oil has been proven to reduce the change of heart attacks and strokes, but higher doses are often found to increase the change of stroke. This is one reason why taking the recommended amounts as located on the bottle of supplements is extremely important.
Omega-3 fatty acids are actually not produced by the human body and they work by reducing pain and swelling as well as preventing blood from clotting. This is why there are so many reasons for taking fish oil. For example, those with dry eyes, glaucoma, diabetes, as well as women with painful periods or breast pain often take some form of fish oil supplement to manage and reduce these symptoms.
Although fish oil is safe for most individuals, it is suggested that one sees their physician before taking a fish oil supplement. Fish oil has been known to interact with certain medications such as contraceptive drugs, high blood pressure medicine, some weight loss supplements, and medication that slows blood clotting. As with all supplements, it is important for the individual to seek their physician to see if certain supplementation is safe.
As always, there are a few possible side effects when taking fish oil. The first and most common side effects that people get are the fish burps. This followed with bad breath, nausea, loose stools and nose bleeds are also possible. Of course, if you have a seafood allergy, do not take fish oil. Fish oil might increase depression among some individuals, may increase the risk of bleeding in those with liver disease, as well as lower the immune system in those whom have HIV/AIDS.
For most individuals, fish oil supplementation is a safe way to keep healthy overall and help keep a strong heart and low blood pressure. I would recommend adding a fish oil supplement to you every day routine, much like you take your everyday vitamin. Overall, fish oil is becoming an extremely important supplement for all individuals, not just athletes or bodybuilders and should be included with a physician’s approval.
Well, if I am not mistaken, I believe this will conclude my blog on weightlifting supplementation. For those of you who have stuck around, I hope my blogs have been informative to you and have given you not only the knowledge, but the motivation to get out there and keep a healthy and active lifestyle. I hope you will continue in your weightlifting endeavors and continue to progress in your overall goals. Thank you for reading, and good luck!