For quite some time now we've known that fish oil is good for you from folklore, but in recent years an increasing amount of research has backed up that folk experience and much more. We now know the many benefits of fish oil for our overall health and that everyone, from unborn children to the elderly can enjoy them. The years of research has also disclosed to us exactly why fish oil is so good for us; we now know that fish oils provide us with omega 3 6 9 fatty acids.
Some of them are absolutely crucial to the growth and development of the human body. Two of the most important fatty acids contained in fish oils are called DHA and EPA; these are called essential fatty acids because they are essential to many internal functions of our body but they can not be produced by our bodies from scratch, we need to get them from an external source.
Omega 3 6 9 fatty acids are very important for pregnant women because they need these special fats in order to ensure the health of their pregnancies.
Pregnant and lactating women are now advised to increase their intake of omega 3 6 9 fats in order to prevent birth defect and deformities in the fetus; it has also been observed that postpartum depression in women occurs due to a severe deficiency of the fatty acid DHA in their bodies.
All of these conditions can be easily prevented by increasing the intake of omega 3 6 9 fatty acids in one's diet and taking supplements.
A certain link has been discovered amid depression and anxiety in teenagers and low levels of omega 3 6 9 fatty acids. Adding sources of food that are rich in DHA and EPA to their diet as well as adding omega 3 6 9 supplements to it has shown to provide long-term cure to depression and also prevent mental illnesses like schizophrenia, bipolar manic disorder and even Alzheimer's disease .
There's been some limited research done in the field of the effects of omega 3 fatty acids on teenagers with ADD and ADHD and the results have been great, but there's nothing definitive as of yet.