Fish Oil - A Survival Tale (as told by a terrified salmon…)As a fish, every day’s the same. It begins and ends with me swimming for my life - no joke. I’m continually being pursued by much larger fish, people casting poles, dragging nets and in some remote circles, hurling razor sharp spears into my unsuspecting back. But why? I know, I know – I’m good for you humans, blah, blah, blah. You’ve known how delicious I was since the dawn of time, and are now figuring out how healthy I am for you. Heard it all before.
As if that weren’t enough, you people keep doing research! Give it a rest already. Every time you finish one study, you conduct another one, and another one. Which wouldn’t be so terrible if all of that precious data your scientists keep gathering were to come back negative, or at the very least inconclusive. But noooooooo… You’ve just got to keep fueling yourself with more and more reasons to pluck me out of the water to discover ways to live longer and healthier lives. And believe me, as much as I enjoy helping you improve your circulation, burn fat and lower your skyrocketing cholesterol levels, I can’t help but ask myself “why?” Could someone please tell me when the quality of your cardiovascular system became more important than my right to swim in peace?
But it doesn’t end there. Right now, clinical studies are underway to determine whether or not my precious oils (EPA and DHA as you refer to it, I believe) can help reduce the conditions associated with depression and psychiatric problems. From where I swim, this is not encouraging news. According to a report published by the National Institute for Mental Health that washed out to sea last week, approximately 44 million adults over the age of 18 suffer from some form of diagnosable depression in a given calendar year. If these studies come back positive (and they almost always do) I have a sneaking suspicion that things are going to become oddly quiet down here.
With more and more people turning to drugs like Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil, it’s only a matter of time before you humans come to terms with how beneficial I really am. And if all of that wasn’t enough, a now famous 1999 study conducted by Harvard University researchers clearly demonstrated that people suffering from bipolar depression were found to have abnormally low levels of Omega-3. After 8 weeks of treatment, their scores improved drastically, with several subjects reporting near-full recovery.
And I’m sure it won’t end there. As one of the most successful and widely researched dietary supplements ever brought to your consumer market, I speak for my fellow sea dwellers in simply saying ... you’re welcome.
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