What Are the Benefits of Seal Oil?

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Close-up of a seal oil capsule. (Image: obewon/iStock/Getty Images)

Seal oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have an array of benefits for human beings. A deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet can lead to heart and cardiovascular disease and inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. Seal oil omega-3's include EPA, DHA and DPA, much like fish oil, but humans can metabolize seal oil more efficiently, says expert Dr. Cosmas Ho, M.D., C.C.F.P.

High Blood Pressure

DHA, an omega-3 found in seal oil, causes small reductions in blood pressure, notes the U.S. National Library of Medicine. If you are in need of higher reductions in blood pressure, a larger dosage of seal oil may provide more substantial reductions. You should consult a medical professional, however, before placing yourself on a seal oil regimen high in DHA. Too much DHA can cause bleeding.

Hypertriglyceridemia

This condition stems from excessive levels of triglycerides in the blood. The U.S. National Library of Medicine reports that human trials have provided evidence that the omega-3's EPA and DHA significantly reduce triglyceride levels as well as promote higher levels of high-density lipoprotein, which is good cholesterol. The American Heart Association also recommends the combination of EPA and DHA for this condition.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that causes stiffness and tenderness of the joints. This disease causes discomfort and limits your ability to perform fine motor skills with proficiency. Numerous studies show a reduction of arthritis symptoms with a regular intake of omega-3's for up to three months. Evidence will not be conclusive, however, that omega-3's can help past three months until better research is available.

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