Always looking for new methods to boost my brain power, I decided to try taking fish oil. I had heard good things about it and had read a lot of research surrounding this supplement. I started taking Fish Oil supplements at the beginning of 2006 and have been taking at least 1200 mg daily. I usually try to take around 3.6 grams daily (3 tablets daily – one w/ each meal).
I currently take the Nature’s Made brand, and find it to be one of the best. When shopping for Fish Oil, I look for a brand with a “laboratory tested” stamp on it to ensure that it is going to be safe and without harmful mercury content. I also store my Fish Oil in the refrigerator since it is supposed to be stored in a “cool environment.” With a history of A.D.H.D., anxiety, and depression, my life was uncontrollably difficult to deal with.
It took a lot of open-mindedness and trying new things to overcome these states of mind. A ‘huge key’ to unlocking these mental disorders in my life was Fish Oil. I’ve researched and read enough about Fish Oil to know that there are a large number of health benefits that have been associated with Fish Oil. Of all the research I’ve come across pertaining Fish Oil, I’ve found virtually zero negative side-effects derived from Fish Oil. I didn’t think it was going to work, but hoped for the best and positive changes followed.
Fish Oil is like membrane material for the brain.
It is literally brainfood and helps the brain alter itself for the better, in a natural way. Not all fish oil includes Omega-3 Fatty acids, which are healthy fats associated with brain growth and healthy function. I recommend staying away from products like “Cod Liver Oil” as they can cause unhealthy increases in Vitamin A.
Most junk food like chips contain Omega-6 Fatty acids which promote stress and unhealthy body function. It is accurate to say that the average American gets almost a 3 to 1 ratio of Omega-6 Fatty acids to Omega-3 in a day. (This could be a reason for the poor mental health epidemic in America). By taking Fish Oil you can reverse that ratio and be healthier.
The EPA VS. DHA Debate
The two main ingredients within the Fish Oil that I take are EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid). There have been several arguments that EPA is better than DHA and that DHA is completely unnecessary, and vice versa. With my personal Fish Oil experience, I believe that both contribute to boosting my brain in their own ways.
From what I’ve read, DHA acts as building block material in the brain and helps promote brain growth especially at young ages. The body is also able to convert EPA to DHA, which is why EPA-based supplements are probably favored. EPA is different and helps nerve stimulation and improves overall brain functions. I also found it interesting that in cultures where fish consumption is high there are significantly lower rates of depression and other mood disorders. This is a great finding.
Fish Oil To Improve Focus
According to several studies and articles, large doses of Fish Oil have been proven more effective than Ritalin for A.D.D. & A.D.H.D. for improving focus. These studies demonstrated that the kids who took Fish Oil continued to improve their focus and their parents continually noted more positive changes as the kids continued the supplement. For me, Fish Oil has definitely aided to promote a nice calm focus.
Fish Oil As Anti-Depressant
There have been many studies done on Fish Oil for anti-depressant purposes. This is where the EPA comes in. The EPA in the Fish Oil supplements has been linked to improved moods and mood-stability. Fish Oil supplements have been tested in double-blind studies against common anti-depressants such as Prozac and in most cases have been proven as effective, if not more effective than anti-depressants. Though Fish Oil may cure everyone’s blues, Fish Oil definitely does a great job at easing depression.
Makes You Smarter & Slows Brain Aging
Fish Oil has also been linked to increased intelligence and slowed brain aging. IQ tests of people taking Fish Oil have been compared to others. Scientific research showed that people who took Fish Oil scored higher on tests than those who didn’t. People are also less likely to develop the devastating Alzheimer’s disease by just popping in a daily dose of Fish Oil. If you want to be smarter and slow your brain aging, a great strategy is: taking Fish Oil.
Prevents Heart Attacks
Fish Oil has been found to raise “good” cholesterol throughout the body. It also lowers triglycerides (blood fats linked to heart attacks). Since stress is linked to heart attacks, and Fish Oil is linked to lower stress, these supplements lower heart attack risk. I would suggest reading more about this aspect of Fish Oil benefits if you have a dysfunctional heart or know someone who could benefit.
Fish Oil Helped Me A Ton
This supplement helped me in many ways. The benefits are really beyond words and I was very skeptical about using just “Fish Oil” to improve my brainpower. The major thing it has done for me is allow my mind to be completely relaxed. I feel healthier and laugh more. Based on personal observation, it seems to me that each day I take it, I feel way more relaxed the next day than the day before.
For me, it is a never ending trend: take Fish Oil >>> feel more relaxed the next day>>>take Fish Oil >>> more relaxation, etc. It has worked wonders in terms of anxiety reduction. It has virtually eliminated my fears by itself. I notice that my fears have been significantly reduced within my thought process.
My emotions are balanced and I don’t get ‘stuck’ in feelings of depression or anger anymore. Also, I had pretty severe A.D.H.D. and I can positively say that it has been cured & eliminated. I feel that I can focus with ease and have been highly productive because of it.
I have recommended this supplement to several friends. They all found it beneficial for improving their focus, mood, and increasing their overall energy levels. They are still continuing to take Fish oil supplements and they all report positive changes. I am happy that they are all having success.
Supplement of the Decade?
Fish oil increases the overall performance of your brain in so many ways, I have nominated and gladly given the supplement of the century award to fish oil. Yeah, I brag it up, but Fish oil deserves all the credit it can get. There is so much positive mental change linked to Fish oil, that you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. May many days of no fish burps bless your future.