Many people are surprised to learn how omega three fatty acids can help maintain blood sugar. This can be a very helpful tool for those who suffer from conditions that make it difficult to maintain a proper blood sugar naturally. Over the years, numerous studies have supported the assessment that fish oil has many positive benefits, blood sugar maintenance being one of them.
Studies have shown that the two major antioxidants that make up a fish oil supplement, DHA and EPA play a huge role in helping the body maintain healthy cell membranes. This is crucial because the cell membrane is where insulin production takes place in the body.It has been discovered by that these unique fish oils, when the fatty acids engage with the immune system, they not only boost the immune system but they also show a positive causative ability to reduce inflammation as well as improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin, therefore being able to control the amount of sugar the body produces in some people.
Because of the many benefits of fish oil supplements, some consumers who also struggle with other health conditions associated with maintaining blood sugar have seen improvements in other aspects of their health such as cholesterol, which is often a struggle for those with uncontrolled glucose levels, as well as heart health and weight management.
The amount of the supplement needed in order achieve and maintain the positive effects will differ for each person for a variety of reasons (please see our ‘omega 3 dietary recommendations‘ section for more on this). A person’s age, whether or not a female is pregnant or nursing and the overall health of a person will affect the amount of supplement needed.
If you are not the type of person who likes to take supplements but still want to ensure that you get the same benefits, remember you can eat many great foods to get what you need. Some of those foods would include a variety of fish such as salmon, sardines, haddock, mackerel, flounder and even shark are among many fishes that are suitable to help you reach your health goal. It is good to remember, many healthcare professionals recommend, when eating fish to alternate the type of fish you consume throughout the week.
If you do not like fish there are still many wonderful sources such as nuts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, flax seed and pumpkin seeds. Beans are also a great source, soybeans, navy beans and kidney beans are often popular choices. In many cases, eating foods such as these at least once or twice a week is all that is needed to achieve a healthy level of oils in your body.
It is important to recognize that omega 3 fatty acids can make a person without blood sugar difficulties dizzy if it lowers their levels too much (for those at risk, so ask you doctor if you are not sure if fish oil supplements are for you). While this is not something that is reported very frequently, it is important to keep in mind. Just like with any other supplement or change in your diet, you should always talk with your healthcare professional before beginning a new supplement to evaluate the benefits.
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