If you're up-to-date on your nutrition-for-health reading, you're well aware of the benefits of fish oil. Based on undeniable scientific evidence and anecdotal evidence, I strongly encourage you to incorporate into your diet two specific omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA), commonly referred to as fish oils. EPA and DHA deficiencies have been linked to problems that include, but are certainly not limited to heart disease, hypertension, arthritis, cancer, immune disorders, chronic intestinal disorders, growth retardation, liver disorders, skin lesions, reproductive failure, visual problems, kidney disorders, and neurological disorders (1). Fish oil is beneficial for : Cardiovascular Health/Atherosclerosis/Hyperlipidemia Hypertension Cardiac Arrhythmias Inflammatory Diseases of Joints and Connective Tissues Osteoporosis Kidney Disease/Renal Failure Prostate Cancer Colon Cancer Breast Cancer Skin Cancer Crohn's Disease Ulcerative Colitis Asthma Cystic Fibrosis Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Sickle Cell Anemia Menstrual Symptoms Vision/Eye problems (glaucoma) Multiple Sclerosis prenatal and postpartum support Psoriasis Photosensitivity Diabetes/Insulin Resistance Resting Metabolic Rate Body Composition Regulation and Leptin: Psychological Disorders The Response to Stress Migraine Headaches Epilepsy Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Fibromyaglia Cirrhosis If you aren't taking fish oil, consult your doctor and start taking it. The typical fish oil capsule you'll encounter is 1000 mg fish oil; we, however, are more concerned with the EPA and DHA content of that 1000 mg. In most cases, you'll find 180 mg EPA and 120 mg DHA per capsule. A good rule of thumb (especially based on the results of the clinical trials) is to consume 3-6 g combined EPA and DHA per day; at this capsule size, you'd need 10-20 capsules per day. For this reason, liquid fish oil is a great alternative. A small percentage of people will suffer from fish burps with the EPA/DHA supplementation; if you're one of those individuals, I recommend you take all your fish oil with your last meal of the day. That way, if you have salmon belches, they'll be in your sleep! Another alternative is to just eat fatty fish every day, but that can get old very quickly! Finally, be patient! If you read the finer details of all of the studies that I will outline, you'll realize that the majority of them were at least 6-8 weeks in duration (usually longer). Your body needs time to make good use of these healthy raw materials, so count on a few months before you see noticeable results if you have one of the aforementioned conditions. For the rest of you who are healthy, you probably won't notice much, but I think that you'll be even healthier in the long run.