Omega-3 oils are good for the following:

  1. heart disease
  2. peripheral vascular disease
  3. prevention and reversal of atherosclerosis
  4. effective in lowering high blood pressure
  5. depression
  6. fatigue
  7. cancer
  8. preventing the progression from benign polyps to colon cancer
  9. arthritis
10. rheumatoid arthritis
11. tender joints
12. diabetes
13. ulcerative colitis
14. Raynaud's disease
15. memory loss and cognitive function impairment
16. Alzheimer's disease
17. manic-depression
18. schizophrenia
19. tendency to suicide and violence
20. important during pregnancy and lactation
21. postpartum depression
22. hyperactivity in children
23. asthma
24. cystic fibrosis
25. emphysema

The oils also have a blood-thinning effect, like aspirin. In some observational studies, fish consumption has been associated with a lower risk of stroke. There have been anecdotal observations that fish oil supplements may have antidepressant effects as well.

*From Dr. Mercola's website

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