Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Fish Oils

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each week, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Fish Oils

Healthy fats, as those found in fish oil, may support the liver’s normal metabolic functions. Taking healthy fats also beneficially changes the ratio of healthy fats to unhealthy fats in the diet. Unhealthy fats, as mentioned above, bog down the liver’s ability to detoxify harmful chemicals. As reported in a study published in the Journal of Nutrition, healthy amounts of fish oil supplements (3000 mg to 5000 mg daily) support fat metabolism in the liver, as well as bile production and liver function.3 In addition, unlike unhealthy fats, fish oils are not stored within the liver. Replacing sources of other dietary fats with fish oils or fatty fish can further promote liver health.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
Critical Tools for a Healthy Liver: Milk Thistle (silymarin)

References:
3. Jonkers IJ, Smelt AH, Princen HM, Kuipers F, Romijn JA, Boverhof R, Masclee AA, Stellaard F. Fish oil increases bile acid synthesis in male patients with hypertriglyceridemia. J Nutr 2006;136:987-991.


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