Fish Oil Facts

Fish oil comes from the tissues of oily fish. The best sources are cold-water, fatty fish. Fish oil can be obtained from eating fish or by taking supplements. Fish that are especially rich in the beneficial oils known as omega-3 fatty acids include mackerel, tuna, salmon, sturgeon, mullet, bluefish, anchovy, sardines, herring, trout, and menhaden. They provide about 1 gram of omega-3 fatty acids in about 3.5 ounces of fish. When it comes to human consumption of fish oil, you can get it from fish themselves or from a fish oil supplement. The fish used as sources do not actually produce omega-3 fatty acids, but instead accumulate them by consuming either microalgae or prey fish that have accumulated omega-3 fatty acids. Fish oil is used for a wide range of conditions. It is most often used for conditions related to the heart and blood system. Some people use fish oil to lower blood pressure or triglyceride levels (fats related to cholesterol). Fish oil has also been tried for preventing heart disease or stroke.

Name Fish Oil
Common/English Name Marine Oils, Omega Fatty Acids, N-3 Fatty Acids, Omega 3 Fatty Acid, W-3 Fatty Acids, Fish Oil Fatty Acids.1-3
Oil Color Yellow
Health benefits
  • Good for Heart Health
  • Help Reduce Weight
  • Help prevent or treat arthritis
  • Beneficial for Skin
  • Reduce Inflammation and Symptoms of Inflammatory Disease
  • Help Treat Certain Mental Disorders
  • Reduce Liver Fat
  • Important During Pregnancy
  • Help treat acne
  • Support Eye Health and Help Protect Vision in Old Age
  • Help Improve Depression and Anxiety
  • Improve Attention and Hyperactivity in Children
  • Kidney Disease
  • Improve Asthma Symptoms and the Risk of Allergies
  • Improve Bone Health
  • Help Prevent Symptoms of Mental Decline
  • Abatement of signs and symptoms of ageing
Traditional Uses
  • Long-term intake of fish oil has been shown to reduce the reliance on NSAIDs in some cases of arthritis.
  • This can help decrease the risk of side effects from these medicines.
  • Fish oils can also help reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack.
  • There is some evidence that they may also play a role in preventing and treating depression.
Calories in 1 tbsp (13.6 gm) 123 K cal