What Are Some of the Benefits of Fish Oil?

Initially, I was scared to try fish oil (in capsule or liquid form) again because I thought it would upset my stomach.  I took it once a long time ago (like when I was in my twenties) and got the dreaded “fish burps” so badly, I almost barfed one day at work.  The nutritionist I was seeing at the time had told me that fish oil was good for my anxiety and I wanted to like it, but I just could not stomach it (literally) so I quit.  I wish now that I had researched it a little more, because if I had, I would have learned that not only was I probably taking a sub-standard or poor quality type of fish oil, but that it would have done wonders for my mood and anxiety issues, which I have had pretty much non-stop for twenty years.

A few years ago, another nutritionist recommended fish oil again, and when I mentioned my previous stomach issues, she said I should read “The OmegaRX Zone” by Dr. Barry Sears (you would know him because he invented the “Zone Diet” that is still really popular today).   I read the book, and it was actually fascinating!    Dr. Sears is a big proponent of the fish oil because it controls inflammation and regulates your hormones, which he says can stop major diseases from developing and taking hold in your body.  By the way, if you read the book and that is not a totally accurate summation of Dr. Sears’ exact philosophies, forgive me– I am not a doctor or a medical transcriptionist, just a person who takes high-dose fish oil and likes it.  So, there’s that.

Here are some of the benefits he mentions in the book:  fish oil is effective at reducing depression and anxiety, it has been shown to help ADHD (in both kids and adults), it is effective for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s (again, read the book– he’s not saying it cures these things, just that it can help some of the symptoms), fibromyalgia, chronic pain, inflammatory bowel problems, dyslexia, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, fertility, menopause, PMS, and can overall reduce your risk for cancer, heart disease, dementia, and other scary things.   He emphasizes that you should pair the high-dose fish oil with an “insulin control” type of diet as well.

Those are some of the diseases and syndromes that can be helped by taking fish oil, in case you were looking for some sort of comprehensive list.  Some of the benefits I have noticed include:  my hair grows faster, I can concentrate better, I have less of an appetite (especially for carbs, which I usually eat like a fiend), I am less depressed and anxious in general, I have less PMS, and I don’t get sick as often.

Another thing you might be wondering is– what KIND of fish oil am I taking?  I have had really good luck with the Nordic Naturals products, including the Ultimate Omega (which, admittedly, is a little bit expensive), the regular fish oil that is lemon-flavored, and the cod liver oil (I like the orange flavor).   I do not find any of the Nordic Naturals products to be “fishy” in any way.

I am constantly in pursuit of the best fish oil supplement, so I will let you know if I find something even better!

How to Get Old (and boring)

The oldest man in the world just died at 112. Yasutaro Koide, born on March 13, 1903, said his secret to a long life was to “not smoke, drink, or overdo it.” The world’s oldest woman, Susannah Mushatt Jones, of New Jersey, who’s 116, also says that she’s never smoked, consumed alcohol, partied, worn makeup, or dyed her hair.


To her credit, she says that she does eat bacon every day. Still, who wants to live that long if your life is going to be so boring?  It’ll be like history, just one goddamned thing after another.

Agnes Fenton, of Englewood, NJ, on the other hand, eats chicken wings, green beans, and sweet potatoes. She sleeps a lot. Also, and this is very important: every single day for the last 70 years, she drinks three beers and a shot of whiskey.

Now. What do we take away from this? First of all, if I have to live a long life, I would like it to be far, far away from New Jersey. I don’t care if this means I live less, it’ll just mean less time in New Jersey. Whatever.

Second, it’s all genetics, isn’t it? I mean, sure, if you’re smoking 8 packs a day and downing a fifth of Johnnie Walker every morning, your longevity isn’t going to be top-notch, but if you’re doing those things, there’s a solid chance you a) don’t care, or, b) are actively trying to shorten it.

But the real takeaway is… well, a couple of things. First, it’s a genetic roll of the dice. It doesn’t seem to matter what you do. If you’re supposed to live to 145, you’re going to. Second, I can’t imagine a more depressing world record to own. Congratulations! You’re the oldest person on earth! Everyone you ever knew is dead! All of those years you spent trying to preserve your health and understand the world around you are well in the rearview, and now it’s just a bunch of people you barely know, can likely barely see and hear, are who are yelling very loudly in your ear to eat your pudding. Welcome to the 22nd century! You made it!

I got two words for you, and I’ll say them now while I still have teeth and my wits about me: F#ck that.

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