Fish oils - At the heart of it all!

Fish oil is essential for a healthy diet because it contains Omega 3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA ), and docosahexaenoic acid that reduce inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids are primarily found in oily fish such as salmon, fresh tuna, mackerel, herring, sardines, and pilchards. We should eat two portions of fish per week, one of them oily.

Fish oil stimulates blood circulation, prevents clots, and reduces blood pressure and triglycerides.

PlusEPA is a 95 per cent concentration of Omega 3 containing a daily dose of 1,000mg of EPA designed for emotional health. It is available from Whelehans Pharmacy, Mullingar. Omega 3 enhances serotonin in the brain to boost mood. In Japan, where people eat on average 70kg of fish a year, the rate of depression is 0.12 per cent. Whereas in New Zealand, where people eat only 18kg of fish a year, the rate of depression is almost 50 times higher.

Omega 3 supplementation may be beneficial in preventing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD ). A 2008 Swedish study showed that a one-a-day PlusEPA supplement significantly improved concentration and reduced rebellious behavior in school among seven- to 12-year-olds.

Omega 3s have an anti-inflammatory effect, which reduces the pain and stiffness associated with inflamed joints. Lyprinol is a highly potent anti-arthritic Omega 3 supplement available in Whelehans Pharmacy. Trials have shown that Lyprinol has 200 to 300 times more anti-inflammatory potency than other Omega 3 supplements and is as effective as prescription-only medication for inflammatory joint pain.

Nutritionist talk

Nutritionist Therapist, Cathriona Hodgins is holding a free talk on nutrition, including the benefits of Omega 3 supplements in the Greville Arms Hotel, Mullingar on Thursday October 27 at 7pm. Book your place early to avoid disappointment by calling Whelehans Pharmacy on (044 ) 9334591. Cathriona will answer all your nutrition and diet questions on the night.

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