There's been lots of talk over the past several years about why we need a good source of Omega 3 in our diets. For a long time, Singaporeans have taken cod liver oil as a good source of Omega 3, but it seems to have only come to the attention of Americans over the past 5-10 years.
The Omega 3 fatty acids, found especially in fish oils, have a lot of health benefits if taken on a regular basis. Omega 3 improves cardiovascular health, fights depression, prevents some allergic reactions, lowers cholesterol, and boosts the immune system. Some say that it can help you lose weight. But the most important benefit of Omega 3, I think, is that it helps brain function. That's the reason I've always heard Singaporean parents offer for why they give their children a daily dose of fish oil.
I don't know why it's taken people in the States so long to catch onto a practice that was never very secret in Singapore, but I am glad they have done so at last. My sister's family has become faithful takers of fish oil for its Omega 3's, and I have heard a lot of other Americans who have done the same over the past several years.
For me, it's a habit I picked up pretty early on in my stays in Singapore.
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