You may have heard that fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, making it one of the most popular health supplements on the market. But what exactly does that mean, and how does one go about finding a trusted source for fish oil? Reading all the jargon on labels in the supplements aisle can be overwhelming, and it’s nearly impossible to weed through brand after brand to find one whose practices align with your values. That’s why we at Steward Supplements value full transparency with our customers. We don’t just practice integrity on our fishing boats—we also care deeply about our ingredients and production processes on land. It’s this level of care that makes our 100 percent pure Alaskan fish oil a nutrient-packed marine superfood, full of omega-3s, vitamins A and D, and pro-resolving mediators that help you live the healthy lifestyle you deserve. Here’s how:
- Omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation. Thanks to their ability to convert into anti-inflammatory prostaglandins and cannabinoids, omega-3 fatty acids can have a calming effect on swelling. Omega-3s also reduce the production of cytokines, which are responsible for inflammation in the body. This is especially apparent in people with joint pain, swelling, and stiffness—including those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
- Pro-resolving mediators and vitamins A and D may boost immunity. Omega-3 fatty acids that communicate directly with immune cells are called pro-resolving mediators. These specialized molecules provide the body with material to resolve inflammation, promote healing, and balance immune activity. Steward fish oils contain trace amounts of these mediators, plus three pre-resolving mediators (which the body can convert into active pro-resolving mediators on an “as needed” basis). In addition, vitamin D may reduce the risk for viral infections by reducing the body’s production of pro-inflammatory compounds, while vitamin A is essential for healthy mucous membranes (like the ones in your respiratory system) that act as barriers to pathogens.
- Omega-3 fatty acids can help protect your heart. Thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties, omega-3 fatty acids may help lower blood pressure, prevent plaque in the arteries, and reduce triglycerides—changes that contribute to a lowered risk of abnormal heartbeats, heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease. Fish oil can also help increase “good” (HDL) cholesterol levels, which also lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Vitamin A may improve eye health. While studies show people who don’t get enough omega-3 fatty acids are at a greater risk of eye diseases, it’s vitamin A that does the real work in keeping our eyes healthy. Without it, we’re more susceptible to night blindness and age-related vision decline (like macular degeneration). And because vitamin A boosts the immune system, it can help prevent eye infections and soothe inflammation.
- Omega-3s can help keep your brain healthy. From depression and anxiety to brain fog and mental decline, studies show omega-3s help promote cognitive well-being. Two types of omega-3 acids—DHA and EPA—are found almost exclusively in fish and fish oil and are crucial to the development and function of the human brain. These fatty acids foster communication between brain cells and aid in learning, memory, speech, and cell membrane health.