Fish oil contains vitamin D, which in fact is not a vitamin in the traditional sense (technically a vitamin is something that the body can’t synthesize on its own and needs to get from diet) but rather is a ‘prohormone’. This means that it regulates and stimulates the production of hormones throughout the body and among these is testosterone. Testosterone is a highly beneficial hormone for men in particular, as it helps to increase muscle mass, virility, and many other highly desirable traits.
That vitamin D found in fish oil has other benefits too. One popular option is to take it in the morning in order to improve your sleep.
Remember: vitamin D is produced primarily in response to sunlight coming into contact with the skin. This in turn indicates to the body that it is daylight and thereby helps to regulate the body clock.
In short, it should mean that you are awake when you should be awake and that you area tired and sleepy when you should be tired and sleepy! This is a tip that is often recommended by health hackers, such as the popular Dave Asprey.
Vitamins and minerals can be either water-soluble or fat-soluble. Water-soluble vitamins are very easy for us to make the most of and any time you consume something like vitamin C, it will get transported to the parts of the body where it can do the most good.
But fat-soluble vitamins are a different story. These nutrients require a source of fat in order to be properly absorbed and without that, the body won’t be able to make use of them. Take lutein for instance.
Studies show that this highly beneficial nutrient can only be effective when taken with a fat source such as fish oil.
SAD is ‘seasonal affective disorder’. This is a condition that causes us to feel tired and even depressed during winter months, as a result of a lack of sunlight.
When we don’t get enough sun, this in turn prevents the production of many mood-regulating hormones and neurotransmitters and this is what is generally thought to be responsible for the condition.
The best ‘cure’ for SAD is to spend more time outdoors. Failing that though, getting more vitamin D from your fish oil can help a great amount.
We’ve talked a fair amount about the benefits of having vitamin D in fish oil. However, this is actually not the primary benefit of the oil. Rather, the big benefit comes from the inclusion of omega 3 fatty acids. This crucial fact has many different roles but one of the most important is its ability to lower inflammation.
It does this by altering the ratio of omega 3 to omega 6. Omega 6 is also a highly important nutrient with many crucial roles in the body, but if we get too much of it, it can actually cause inflammation. The problem is that most of us do get too much of it because it is used as a preservative in so many foods.
When you increase omega 3 though, this automatically decreases omega 6. Get more omega 3 then and you can reduce inflammation.
We’ve seen already that omega 3 can help to raise your mood if you suffer from SAD. What may surprise you though, is to learn that omega 3 can also help to fight depression.
This is due to the aforementioned link with inflammation. You see, inflammation has actually been suggested to be one of the most important contributing factors when it comes to not only depression but also brain fog.
Inflammation affects the brain too, where pro-inflammatory cytokines act as neurotransmitters.
7. Brain Signals
Omega 3 actually has many effects on the brain though, several of which are far more direct and impactful. It may even be able to raise IQ, simply by boosting the quality, frequency, and strength of signals (action potentials) sent between brain cells.
This is possible thanks to something called cell-membrane permeability. That means that cells will begin to incorporate omega 3 into their walls, using this better source of fat in order to create cells that are more permeable and malleable.
This has many positive effects, among which is the fact that it makes it easier for signals – as well as neurotransmitters – to pass through.
Using omega 3 fatty acids appears to be able to aid in the defense against Alzheimer’s. This is because it can help to protect the integrity of the cells, by making their walls less susceptible to damage.
That in turn can help to prevent numerous causes of age-related cognitive decline and a number of neurological conditions as well.
Omega 3 fatty acids may be able to help in the prevention of cancer and cancerous brain tumors. This is because it is able to increase the toughness of the brain cells, thereby reducing the amount of damage that can be done by free radicals.
In turn, this causes the brain cells to become less susceptible to damage and less likely to copy errors and replicate them to spread the growth of tumors.
This can also affect other parts of the body.
Omega 3 fatty acids can help to combat inflammation as we have already seen.
We discussed how this could potentially reduce symptoms of brain fog and depression in those who are affected by inflammation in the brain. However, it also follows that this can help to reduce inflammation as it might affect any other part of the body – in particular the joints.
This can help to reduce the symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory disorders, helping to restore more normal movement and mobility and ease pain and other symptoms.