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Benefits of Fish Oil And Its Side Effects

The health benefits of fish oil include its ability to aid in weight loss, healthy pregnancy, fertility and skin care (particularly for psoriasis and acne). It is also beneficial in the treatment of various heart diseases, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, ADHD, weak immune system, cancer, diabetes, inflammation, arthritis, IBD, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, eye disorders, macular degeneration, and ulcers.

Benefits of Fish Oil And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Fish Oil
Nutritional Value of Fish Oil
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Fish Oil
Boosts Heart Health
Improves Immunity
Reduces Inflammation
Treats Arthritis
Relieves Depression & Anxiety
Eye Care
Treats Alzheimer’s disease
Helps in ADHD Treatment
Promotes Weight Loss
Eases Pregnancy Complications
Uses of Fish Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Fish Oil
Cultivation of Fish Oil

Fish Oil

Fish oil is oil derived from the tissues of oily fish.The different types of fish which act as a good source for fish oil capsules or supplements commonly include mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, swordfish, oysters, albacore tuna, bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, turbot, pilchards, anchovies, and salmon. The omega 3 fatty acid rich fish oil is highly beneficial for various treatments and aesthetic causes.

Nutritional Value of Fish Oil

Most of the health benefits of fish oil can be attributed to the presence of omega-3 essential fatty acids like Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) in it. Beside these, fatty acids in fish oil include Alpha-linolenic acid or ALA and Gamma-linolenic acid or GLA. Fish oil is also rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and other vital nutrients. These supplements offer a broad range of health and beauty benefits when taken in a proper dosage.

Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams

902 Calories
100 g Total Fat

Vitamins and Minerals

2000 % Vitamin A

Health Benefits of Fish Oil

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Fish Oil
Health Benefits of Fish Oil

Boosts Heart Health

Omega-3 is an effective agent that helps to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Fish oil is a great source of omega-3 and therefore, reduces the risk of heart diseases and heart arrhythmias. It also cuts down the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) and ienhances the level of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body. Fish oil prevents the accumulation of triglycerides and also reduces the level of excess triglycerides from the body. Fish oil can be used to impede atherosclerosis in coronary patients. Thus, fish oil is highly effective in preventing strokes and regular usage of fish oil can help avoid sudden death due to cardiac arrest.

Improves Immunity

Fish oil aids in boosting our immune system. It,thereby enables the body to resist the occurrence of common diseases like colds, coughs and the flu. Fish oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which bolster the immune system by affecting the activity and amount of cytokines and eicosanoids present in our body.It has also been found out that when the antioxidant astaxanthin is combined with fish oil, the immune-boosting power is multiplied.

Reduces Inflammation

Fish oil is an effective agent in reducing inflammation in the blood and tissues. Regular consumption of fish oil is helpful to those who suffer from acute inflammatory diseases. Fish oil is effective in treating and preventing gastrointestinal disorders, Celiac disease, short bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. Patients suffering from Crohn’s disease often find it difficult to absorb vitamins, fats, and essential supplements and in their case, fish oil supplements are an effective diet. For ulcerative colitis, fish oil prevents the accumulation of leukotriene on the colon.

Treats Arthritis

Fish oil is beneficial in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, Raynaud’s symptoms and similar other conditions.Fish oil can usage can help in reducing the need for large dosages of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).

Relieves Depression & Anxiety

Fish oil contains a good quantity of omega 3 and the presence of omega 3 fatty acids relieves us from the feeling of sadness, anxiety, mental fatigue, stress and of course, depression. Fish oil capsules can also stabilize our mood.It promotes calm and composed feeling in humans.

Eye Care

Fish oil is well known for it has the ability to improve vision and prevet ocular disorders. It also helps in avoiding age-related macular degeneration with the surplus quantity of omega 3 present in it.

Treats Alzheimer’s disease

Fatty acids are effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Fish oil is one of the best sources of essential fatty acids, including EPA and DHA, and it also helps to cure Alzheimer’s disease to a large extent. Fish containing a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids are adviced to patients with mental disorder since it acts as a defense against Alzheimer’s disease

Helps in ADHD Treatment

Fish oil is of immense importance when it comes to the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) due to its high concentration of fatty acids. For children suffering from hyperactivity, inability to complete tasks, short attention span,dyslexia, dyspraxia, short-term memory weakness, low concentration, tendency to interrupt others,emotional instability, wavering attitude, poor coordination, recklessness, hastiness, impetuosity, impulsiveness, low IQ, or learning disorders, fish oil is a proven remedy.

Promotes Weight Loss

Both DHA and EPA components of omega-3 fatty acids present in the fish oil are highly effective in eliminating additional body fat , thus helping and promoting easy weight loss for the overweights.

Eases Pregnancy Complications

Fish oil capsules can promote a smooth and healthy pregnancy.It eases the complications associated with it and restricts premature births and makes sure that the newborn is not underweight. The omega-3 fatty acids present in fatty acid contain abundant Docosahexaenoic Acid or DHA, which is one of the major structural components of our brain, skin, and retin. It can enhance the overall development and growth of the fetus in the womb. It ihas also been proved from different studies that regular intake of fish oil capsules can stop repeated miscarriages and increase the rate of conceiving in women having antiphospholipid syndrome

Uses of Fish Oil

Fish oil is also beneficial for controlling blood pressure and keeping the bones healthy. It aids to avert the risk of cancer and prevents renal issues from recurring.Fish oil alos helps to protect from Type-II diabetes. It shields against pollution, prevents damage from sun exposure and promotes healthy hair and skin.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Fish Oil

An Overdose of fish oil can result in excessive bleeding, and hemorrhage stroke. The daily intake of omega-3 acids is limited to 3000mg. Fish oil side effects also include belching, bad breath, heartburn, nausea, loose stools, rash and other severities,

Cultivation of Fish Oil

For years, fishing communities all over the world have used fish oil for various purposes. In 16th century England, it was very commonly used by fishermen to treat a plethora of health issues. The current upsurge in its popularity is due to the extensive use in Greenland Eskimos.

Popular Questions & Answers

Olive oil is good or bad. For cooking benefits of olive oil for skin and please tell me which brand is good for olive oil.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
Yes olive oil is very much healthy for cooking, it has so much health benefits, you can take Borges Xtra virgin italian olive oil.

My hair is growing grey day by day very fast and my beard also is there any medicine to prevent growing grey hair.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
One of the most common herbs used to temper Indian curries, curry leaves have amazing benefits for hair as well. It is the most effective natural grey hair solution. Vitamin B present in curry leaves restores the functions of the natural pigment in the hair follicles that provides a shining black color to the hair strands and prevents further greying of hair. It also supplies essential nutrients to the hair and heals damaged hair roots. Being a rich source of beta-carotene, it stimulates hair growth and prevents hair fall. The benefits of coconut oil for hair and skin are numerous as well. It is the best natural conditioner for dry, rough hair that smoothen the open hair cuticles and makes hair lustrous, bouncy and manageable.

Sir does daily penis massage with olive oil increase its length and girth. Is there any side effects of daily penis massage with olive oil. Thanks in advance.

MD-Ayurveda, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery (BAMS)
Sexologist, Haldwani
Hello- Olive oil can prevent penis tissue damage due to masturbation but it can not increase the penis size. Keep massaging it daily, it will keep your penis in shape.
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Loss in facial hair. I had long beard for 6-8 months. After shaving I observed that a bald patch is formed. Please suggest me home remedies or suitable gel/cream which can treat it.

C.S.C, D.C.H, M.B.B.S
General Physician, Alappuzha
Amla or the Indian gooseberry is said to be highly effective in increasing facial hair growth. It may be used alone or in combination with mustard leaves. Here are some other health benefits of amla oil. Simply massage a little amla oil onto your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes; then rinse using cold water. Practice proper skin care. Exfoliate your face. Hair follicles can become blocked with dirt and prevent your hair from growing. ... Use hair-healthy grooming products. Shampoos, or lotions with a vitamin B complex, will help. Massage your hair follicles. A gentle massage can help stimulate your hair follicles.

Popular Health Tips

5 Ayurvedic Remedies To Treat Constipation!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Pune
5 Ayurvedic Remedies To Treat Constipation!

The way your day starts can affect your entire day and nothing is worse than fighting constipation in the morning. Along with a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen and bloating, constipation can also cause mood swings and lower your attention span. While laxatives can be temporary quick fixes, they can worsen the problem over time.

Hence, it is better to treat this disorder with a few simple lifestyle changes and home remedies.

  1. Eat plenty of fibre: A bad diet is one the key factors triggering constipation. Fibre not only fills the stomach, but also helps add bulk to your stool making it easier to pass. Ideally, a person should have 20-40 grams of fibre a day. If you suffer from chronic constipation, you can increase this amount a little as well. As an easy way to increase your fibre consumption is ensure that you eat some form of raw salad with every meal. Other foods that are rich in fibre are oats, almonds, cereals, beans, lentils and fruits.
  2. Ginger tea or mint tea: Ginger is a warming herb, which when had in form of tea can make the body generate more internal heat. This helps activate the digestion process and thereby relieves constipation. The menthol in peppermint has an antispasmodic effect that helps relax the digestive tract muscles and makes it easier for stool to pass through. Dandelion tea can also be used as a mild natural laxative.
  3. Castor oil: Castor oil is a popular natural laxative. This is because one of the components of this oil helps stimulate the small and large intestine. To benefit from castor oil, have 1 or 2 teaspoons of the oil on an empty stomach. You should be able to pass stool within about 8 hours.
  4. Drink plenty of water: Water not only hydrates the body, but also helps food move along the digestive system. Without adequate water, the stool is likely to be hard and difficult to pass. Ideally, you should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Do not count artificially sweetened beverages as part of this count as they can actually cause constipation instead of ease it.
  5. Warm lemon waterLemon juice helps stimulate the digestive system and hence is ideal for treating constipation. When mixed with warm water, it can help eliminate toxins from the body. Adding a little honey to the mixture can also work as a mild laxative. Alternatively, you could add salt in place to honey as this encourages the bowel muscle contraction and is rich in magnesium. 

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Natural Treatment For Gout

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Natural Treatment For Gout

1. Try essential oils for relief

Essential oils for relief:-

There are many ways to use an essential oil. The simplest way to use an essential oil for the treatment of gout is with a carrier oil.

  • Select the oil of your choice and a bottle of carrier oil (olive oil and coconut oil are both oils that you may have in your kitchen that is good carrier oils).
  • In a small bowl, mix a tablespoon of the carrier oil and 4-6 drops of the essential oil. Blend well.
  • Apply topically to affected joint and massage into skin.
  • Repeat 2-3 times per day.

2. Supplements and other natural treatment for gout:-

There are a variety of supplements that can be taken that have reported benefits for the natural treatment of gout.

  • Vitamin c may reduce uric acid. Some experts recommend taking sodium ascorbate as it is less acidic than ascorbic acid; the typical recommended dosage is 500-1000mg twice daily, but you should discuss this with your physician.
  • Apple cider vinegar reportedly makes the body more alkaline. Apple cider vinegar for gout may help with gout symptoms. The recommended daily dose is 1-2 tablespoons in 8 ounces of water. This can be sipped throughout the day.
  • Baking soda is another reported natural treatment for gout and is supposedly a pain reliever. To try this treatment, mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water and drink in one sitting. This can be repeated several times throughout the day, with the maximum daily dosage being four teaspoons of baking soda in one day, and should be decreased as pain improves.
  • Bromelain is a compound that is found in pineapple; it can also be purchased as a supplement. It is thought to be a highly effective compound in treating gout and may even have anti-cancer benefits.
  • Castor oil can be used topically to relieve pain. Soak an old cloth with castor oil and apply to the affected joint. Wrap the fabric and joint with plastic wrap and an ace bandage. If you do not have any issues with neuropathy, apply heat to the joint as well. Leave on overnight.
  • Epsom salts baths can be relaxing and also relieve pain. Place 1-2 cups of epsom salts in a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes. You can also use a footbath if you desire just to soak your feet; place 1/3 cup of epsom salts in the footbath with warm water.  

3. Using food as a natural treatment for gout:-

Changing your diet is one of the ways you can treat gout effectively. There are some types of foods which offer an anti-inflammatory defense and others which lower uric acid levels.

1. Coffee – whether it is regular or decaf – appears to lower uric acid levels.

2. Cherries – both cherries and cherry extract – reduce uric acid levels in the blood, as well as decrease the number of gout flare-ups.

3. Blueberries and blackberries – these berries are loaded with a type of antioxidant which helps to protect the arterial walls damaged by gout. You can reduce inflammation by adding blackberries and blueberries into your diet.

4. Folic acid – this b vitamin is commonly given with b6 or b12 to reduce homocysteine levels, an amino acid that causes high uric acid levels.

5. Herbs – si miao san is a remedy that contains four different herbs to treat gout and support kidney function. Other herbs which may include birch leaf, juniper berry.

 Importance of prenatal nutrition

Important nutrition tips for gout:-

Some foods containing purines are fine to eat as long as you are thoroughly hydrated. In addition to hydration, there are other dietary and lifestyle factors to monitor in order to stay pain free.

  • Lay off soda – sugary drinks like non-diet sodas are some of the most common perpetrators for gout pain. Fructose, the highly concentrated sugar in soda, has been attributed as the cause of gout inflammation. Quit drinking soda altogether or switch to diet soda. Patients with gout had no incidences of diet soda causing gout pain.
  • Avoid crash dieting – trying to lose weight quick (crash dieting) causes not only your blood sugar levels to rise and fall drastically, but your uric acid levels as well. People who crash diet are often dehydrated as a result, which has been proven to exacerbate gout pain.

Gout pain relief options:-

1. Drink lots of water – several studies have linked a high water intake to lower incidences of gout pain. The amount of water each individual should drink daily depends on their current medical conditions.

2. Eat low fat dairy products – in recent studies, individuals who consumed a serving or more of low fat milk each day were observed to have less uric acid in their blood. Low fat dairy has been shown to help the body excrete uric acid due to its high protein and low purine content.

3. Avoid certain medications – cyclosporine is a drug that is used to treat chronic eye infections by increasing tear production. Unfortunately, one of its side effects is the production of excess uric acid in the blood, leading to gout.

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Dry Skin: How To Get Rid Of It?

MBBS, MD - Dermatology, F.C.P.S.(Dermatology, Venereology & Leprosy), Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), DNB (Dermatology)
Dermatologist, Pune
Dry Skin: How To Get Rid Of It?

A well moisturized and hydrated skin is a thumb rule for a healthy skin. Dry and flaky skin is not only discomforting and unpleasant to look but is also prone to many skin problems. Dry skin or xerosis dermatitis is more common among elderly. Dry skin can cause the skin to crack making it susceptible to infections. Constant scratching of dry skin due to itching is further harmful and can cause thickening and darkening of the skin. Extreme temperature especially winter with cold, dry and chilly winds can be harsh on the skin and disturb its pH level, thus causing skin problems.

Apart from external factors, internal factors such as hypothyroidism, psoriasis and type 2 diabetes can also cause dry skin.

One of the most common skin problems from dry skin is Eczema. Eczema, generally acquired in childhood is an inflammatory reaction of the skin causing the skin to become red and itchy followed by crusting and scaling. Treatment of eczema is usually a combination of creams and drugs. However, eczema does not go away that easily and its relapse rate remains quite high.

Exposure to sun for long hours can also lead to drying of the skin. Apart from this use of harsh soaps and chemical based products or prolonged use of cosmetics on the skin can inhibit the ability of skin to retain moisture.

Dry skin tends to age faster as it is prone to wrinkles. A wrinkled skin loses its charm and elasticity. The whole concept of anti ageing revolves around keeping the sun hydrated and moisturized.

Many skin problems can be prevented only by following a good skin care routine. Others may require a long-term medical treatment. Let’s look at some simple and useful ways to prevent and manage dry skin:

  1. Water: Water is not only a natural cleanser for the skin but helps in maintaining an optimum moisture level of the skin. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.

  2. Steam baths: A warm water bath or a steam bath can help relieve skin of dryness.

  3. Oiling of the skin: People with dry skin benefit more from oiling than the use of regular moisturizers. Oiling creates a protective layer on the skin preventing it from drying for longer hours. Use of almond, olive or coconut oil is effective is treating dry skin problems.

  4. Prolonged use of room heaters: Heaters snatch moisture from the surrounding environment including your skin leaving it dull and dry. Thus sitting in heated rooms for long can dehydrate skin and must be avoided as far as possible.

  5. Water-rich fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables, especially, water-rich like watermelon, bottle gourd etc. can help replenish moisture. Eat plenty of those to fight dryness.

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How Ayurveda Helps Treat Constipation?

BAMS, MD (AM) , Panchakarma, Yoga
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
How Ayurveda Helps Treat Constipation?

The way your day starts can affect your entire day and nothing is worse than fighting constipation in the morning. Along with a feeling of heaviness in the abdomen and bloating, constipation can also cause mood swings and lower your attention span. While laxatives can be temporary quick fixes, they can worsen the problem over time.

Hence, it is better to treat this disorder with a few simple lifestyle changes and home remedies.

  1. Eat plenty of fibre: A bad diet is one the key factors triggering constipation. Fibre not only fills the stomach, but also helps add bulk to your stool making it easier to pass. Ideally, a person should have 20-40 grams of fibre a day. If you suffer from chronic constipation, you can increase this amount a little as well. As an easy way to increase your fibre consumption is ensure that you eat some form of raw salad with every meal. Other foods that are rich in fibre are oats, almonds, cereals, beans, lentils and fruits.
  2. Ginger tea or mint tea: Ginger is a warming herb, which when had in form of tea can make the body generate more internal heat. This helps activate the digestion process and thereby relieves constipation. The menthol in peppermint has an antispasmodic effect that helps relax the digestive tract muscles and makes it easier for stool to pass through. Dandelion tea can also be used as a mild natural laxative.
  3. Castor oil: Castor oil is a popular natural laxative. This is because one of the components of this oil helps stimulate the small and large intestine. To benefit from castor oil, have 1 or 2 teaspoons of the oil on an empty stomach. You should be able to pass stool within about 8 hours.
  4. Drink plenty of water: Water not only hydrates the body, but also helps food move along the digestive system. Without adequate water, the stool is likely to be hard and difficult to pass. Ideally, you should drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Do not count artificially sweetened beverages as part of this count as they can actually cause constipation instead of ease it.
  5. Warm lemon waterLemon juice helps stimulate the digestive system and hence is ideal for treating constipation. When mixed with warm water, it can help eliminate toxins from the body. Adding a little honey to the mixture can also work as a mild laxative. Alternatively, you could add salt in place to honey as this encourages the bowel muscle contraction and is rich in magnesium. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda and ask a free question.
  6. Vasti: This is one of the main panchakarma treatments in Ayurveda.Vasti means medicated enema, since medicines reach your bowels directly without enzymatic actions,its effectiveness is very high.This treatment is used to flush the loosened doshas out through the intestinal tract. It alleviates constipation, distention, chronic fever, the common cold, sexual disorders, kidney stones, heart pain, vomiting, backache, neck pain, and hyper acidity.
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Health Benefits Of Olive Oil!

BHMS
Homeopath, Faridabad
Health Benefits Of Olive Oil!

7 reasons why olive oil is so good for you!

Olive oil also known as ‘jaitoon ka tel’ is an essential fruit oil with its origins being mainly in the mediterranean regions. It is utilized for cooking purposes, developing cosmetic products and soaps, for medicinal purposes and as pharmaceutical supplements. The various types of olive oil are virgin olive oil, extra virgin olive oil and pure olive oil. Apart from being a cooking medium, olive oil also has several unique health benefits. Here are some of them:

1. Helps prevent alzheimer’s

Studies have shown that oleocanthal, a polyphenol found in extra virgin olive oil, reduces cognitive decline that comes with ageing including alzheimer’s disease. Polyphenols – powerful antioxidants found in extra virgin olive oil – also help to combat the oxidative stress associated with ageing.

2. Regulates blood sugar levels

Eating extra virgin olive oil as part of a balanced diet may help prevent or delay the onset of diabetes. Extra virgin olive oil helps regulate and balance our insulin levels so that there are no sugar spikes.

3. Moisturizes the skin

Unlike commercial moisturizers that can clog pores and aggravate a current skin condition, olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin while providing a cleansing effect. Try using olive oil at night as a substitute for your regular moisturizer. Apply the oil to your face and neck. Gently pat the skin with a tissue to wipe away any excess oil.

4. Fights ageing

Olive oil contains 3 major antioxidants – vitamin e, polyphenols and phytosterols. Antioxidants when applied topically help protect the skin from premature skin ageing. Vitamin e partly accounts for the anti-ageing benefits of olive oil because it helps restore skin smoothness and protects against ultraviolet light. Hydroxytyrosol, a rather raw compound found in olive oil also prevents free radical damage to the skin.

5. Keeps blood pressure in check

Just as monosaturated fats (mufa’s) can look after the health of your heart, monosaturated fats found in olive oil also contain high amounts of an essential fatty acid (efa) called omega3. Omega3 and mufa keep your heart healthy by helping to lower blood pressure. It is called efa because the body cannot make it by itself and therefore we must get it from food sources.

6. Prevents osteoporosis

There is strong evidence that olive oil helps improve the amount of calcium in the blood which can have a positive effect on bone density, so it may prevent osteoporosis from developing. Olive oil appears to be particularly beneficial when combined with omega3 fatty acids.

7. Helps prevent strokes

Stroke is caused by a disturbance of blood flow to the brain, either due to a blood clot or bleeding. In developed nations, stroke is the second most common cause of death, right after heart disease. After much research olive oil was found to be the only source of mono-saturated fat associated with a reduced risk of stroke and heart disease.

Add olive oil to your diet to reap the many health benefits. Extra virgin olive – the oil from the first pressing of the olive fruit is green and has a full bodied flavour, is best consumed raw, as dressing for salads and dishes, in dips raw, as heating the oil can reduce its benefits. For cooking use pure olive oil which is milder in taste and yellow in colour.

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Table of Content

Fish Oil
Nutritional Value of Fish Oil
Nutritional facts Per 100 Grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Health Benefits of Fish Oil
Boosts Heart Health
Improves Immunity
Reduces Inflammation
Treats Arthritis
Relieves Depression & Anxiety
Eye Care
Treats Alzheimer’s disease
Helps in ADHD Treatment
Promotes Weight Loss
Eases Pregnancy Complications
Uses of Fish Oil
Side-Effects & Allergies of Fish Oil
Cultivation of Fish Oil