If you've ever stepped foot in a vitamin store you know how easy it is to get lost in the sea of supplements. Pre-workout, protein, aminos, creatine; the list of options is endless and unless you know what you're going in for it can be a little overwhelming.
Far from a new trend, adding supplements to your diet and exercise routine can be incredibly beneficial. Depending on your goals and training regiment, it can be difficult to get in the suggested amounts of vitamins and nutrients through food alone and that's where supplements come in.
Intended to supplement your diet, not replace it, vitamins can help bridge the gap of what's lacking on your dinner plate. While a daily multi-vitamin is a great starting place, Fish Oils have a plethora of physical and mental health benefits.
Fish oils contain essential fatty acids, or EFAs, that are needed for proper bodily functions. Labeled essential because our bodies do not naturally produce them, we must obtain all of these nutrients through food or dietary supplements. While there are a number of EFA supplements available, fish oils are considered to be one of the finest sources.
Derived from the tissue of fatty fish, fish oils contain the popular Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, and offer a wide variety of benefits; proving them to be beneficial to everyone from athlete's to sedentary individuals.
Aside from providing cholesterol and bone support, fish oils do more than just improve your skin and hair. A key factor in muscle growth and recovery, they also promote heart health, assist in breaking up blood clots, strengthen the immune system and can improve blood pressure.
Studies have even shown positive results when using fish oil to help alleviate the symptoms of depression; and assist in the prevention of certain types of cancer.
If your diet is low in EFAs, supplementing with fish oil may be a good choice for you but always be sure to consult with a physician if you have any specific questions or concerns; but in my opinion, fish oils are a hook, line and sinker.