Fish Oil Benefits Explained by A Dietitian | You Versus Food

Fish Oil Benefits Explained by A Dietitian | You Versus Food


– All right, I’ve been herring you a lot, and I’ll give you some
more fishy food puns. Just stay tuned. Hi, I’m Tracy Lockwood Beckerman. I’m a registered dietician
in New York City, and it’s my job to help you figure out what to eat and why. Fish oil is a supplement that’s
supposed to help your skin, brain, heart, eyes, and more. But are the claims legit
or is something fishy? Let’s find out in this
episode of You Versus Food. (hip music) Fish oil is a type of omega-3 supplement made from the fat or oil
extracted from fish tissue. It usually comes from fish
high in oil such as herring, tuna, anchovies, and mackerel. About 30% of fish oil is made of omega-3’s and 70% is made of other fats. Here’s the thing. Your body doesn’t naturally
produce omega-3 fatty acids, specifically DHA and EPA, so it’s essential to make
sure you’re getting enough through your diet and/or supplements. DHA! EPA! (hip music) Fish oil may support heart health, and there have been studies to
show that people who eat fish have much lower rates of heart disease. However, there is no evidence that it can prevent a
heart attack or a stroke. Fish oil may help to treat
certain mental disorders. Because your brain is made up of 60% fat, much of which is omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil is essential for brain function. Oh my God! Do you not take your omega-3s? Some studies on fish oil supplements show promise in slowing cognitive decline and those with very mild
cognitive disfunction. But it hasn’t been proven to
make a measurable difference in patients with Alzheimer’s,
dementia, or depression. Fish oil may reduce
inflammation, hashtag #trendy, and may help treat inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Hashtag #anti-inflammatory,
hashtag #trendy, hashtag #omega3s, hashtag
#whereisyoursalmon. In moderation, fish oil can
help reduce heart disease risk by specifically targeting
and lowering triglycerides, a type of fat found in the blood that is harmful at high levels. (hip music) A friendly supplement reminder. If you don’t eat enough oily fish, fish oil is meant to supplement your diet, not be your main source of omega-3s. It’s called a supplement,
meant to supplement your diet. Still eat the real food. Okay! Food-wise, look for
mackerel, salmon, herring, oysters, sardines, and even
flax seeds and chia seeds. I’d recommend eating at least two servings of oily fish per week,
(clearing throat) salmon, to get your needed amount
of omega-3s for the week. But if salmon is not your jam, you can find fish oil in other foods. Salmon, jammin’. With supplements, look for the actual omega-3 content expressed in milligrams of EPA and DHA, respectively. You want a total amount of
roughly 500 milligrams of EPA and DPA per 1,000 milligrams of fish oil. Take the fish oil with
a meal that has fat, like nuts, seeds, or avocado, my fave, to help increase and
promote further absorption. (hip music) If you’re interested
in capturing the heart and brain benefits of fish oil, fatty fish such as salmon,
mackerel, and sardines are going to have the
highest levels of fish oil. But consuming these fish
frequently can be tough, especially if you don’t like fish. Still, remember not all
supplements are created equal. Always consult your doctor
or registered dietician before starting a supplement, as it may interact with other meds or over-the-counter drugs you are taking. And don’t let fish oil
supplements be a bandaid to a poor diet. Stick to a heart-healthy eating pattern that limits dietary
cholesterol and saturated fat, and that favors poly and
monounsaturated fatty acids, and you’ll be going along swimmingly. See you next time for another
episode of You Versus Food. Salmon, already. Subscribe to Well and
Good’s YouTube channel. There’s nothing fishy about it. (hip music) I’m sure salmon on the set
likes these fish puns, right?

6 thoughts on “Fish Oil Benefits Explained by A Dietitian | You Versus Food

  1. This channel could be good but you're too concerned about making terrible puns instead of giving helpful information. Unsubscribed

  2. Love this! But I was wondering, have y'all done one on Dark chocolate? Would love to hear about the benefits/cons?

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