OMEGA 3: DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

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I started taking Omega 3 capsules (one 1000mg/day) about two months ago. A simple Google search shows that they boast many benefits including improving memory and focus, lessening pain and inflammation, easing painful disorders and menstrual pain and strengthening hair and nails, to name a few. However as with anything, there's the flip side of the argument: they're not beneficial, or that they're in fact harmful. Make of that what you will.

I've always been intrigued by the added boost vitamins and supplements can provide. I'm by no means a nutritionist - far from it! - however I was curious to see if Omega 3 could make a visible difference to me. 

The regurgitated science bit (skip if you wish!): Omega 3 fatty acids are basically a collection of polyunsaturated fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fats are those that lower cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation in the body. Two of those fats are EPA and DHA; two acids that the body doesn't produce itself, yet we need them. Generally speaking, the 'Western diet' is high in omega 6 fats. Think processed food, fast food, etc, and a combination of omega 3 and omega 6 balances this out, which in turn is important for long term health and wellbeing.

I bought a tub with the main aim that I hoped it would improve my skin - from the inside out. There's only so much sticking to a skincare routine religiously and make up free days can do, right? I also chose capsules over fish oil in liquid form to avoid the after taste! Alongside this, I've upped my oily fish intake (a good source of Omega 3) to 2 - 3 times a week, simply by switching a usual evening meal for tinned sardines, mackerel or tuna, with a variety of raw veg and salad. Quick, tasty and filling, and makes me feel less guilty when gorging it in front of the TV...

While I can't vouch that it's improved my memory or focus (ha!), I think that taking these supplements has reduced the inflammation from mainly hormonal breakouts. I haven't gained perfect skin over eight weeks, but it has improved. Plus I've definitely experienced faster and stronger nail growth. This is obviously my own experience, and what may work for me, mightn't for another, however I will continue taking these.

NB: I stopped taking these for five days or so when abroad, as I couldn't quite fit the huge tub in to my luggage. I didn't notice any dramatic change in my skin having stopped taking them, but admittedly upped my bottled water consumption. Note to self: drinking more water = clearer skin, too.

Do you take Omega 3/fish oil supplements? Or are there any other supplements you find work for you?