TO FISH OR NOT TO FISH - THAT IS THE QUESTION - FISH OILS

To Fish or Not to Fish? – That is the question!

How many grams are you eating?

I have recently spoken to people in regards to their opinion on fish, especially oily fish.  Whether they eat enough of it per week or even at all.  The responses were varied, as some thought you had to avoid having oily fish due to thinking it would make them gain more fat mass and others thought quite the opposite, the more they ate, the healthier they would be.  You need to strike a balance.  See the table below.

AMOUNT
GRAMS PER WEEK
Too Low
140g or less
Too High
560g or more
‘Just Right’
140g – 560g

These are general guidelines as everyone is unique but it helps you to get a picture.

Benefits of eating oily fish:

Having the right amount of fish provides you with ‘good fats’, containing EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).  These acids reduce your risk of stroke-inducing blood clots amongst many other things, such as:

  • Lowering risks of your arteries building up fat in them
  • Lowering your blood triglyceride levels, blood pressure
  • Full of Omega-3 fatty acids (type of fat great for our health)
  • Good source protein, Vitamin D and Selenium
  • Helping against cardiovascular diseases, prostate cancer, age-related diseases (lost vision) and dementia
  • Improves your memory
  • Reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritis
  • It’s a great superfood (a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being)

Types of oily fish:

There are over 20 types of oily fish.  Here a some of them:

  • Salmon
  • Mackerel
  • Herring
  • Fresh tuna
  • Sardines

If you eat more than the recommended doses of fish per week, you will be putting yourself at risk of many problems (smelling of fish being one of them) such as: Vitamin D toxicity – This can produce a chemical in your body which will then cause you to have higher levels of calcium (Hypercalcemia).  This means you could end up feeling sick, thirsty, tired, confused and having constipation or diarrhoea, etc.

Try to find a right balance for yourself that works for you and that you can afford

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