THE BLOG
06/04/2008 02:36 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Something Fishy for Father's Day

Not sure what to get Dad for Father's Day?

Here's a thought: Fish oil supplements! Granted, they aren't as sexy as a Tesla, as sophisticated as a Patek or as groovy as a new set of clubs. But they're certainly less expensive and Dad will love it because while he doesn't want you to know that he worries about his new wrinkles or memory loss... he notices, and he worries.

Thankfully, the omega-3 fatty acid found in cold water fish oil has numerous proven benefits. Unfortunately, it's also proven that most Americans don't get enough omega-3 fatty acid in their diet, and I'm no exception.

I started taking omega-3 fish oil supplements a week ago, and I'm shocked by the results. My hair is noticeably shinier, my nails (famously short, brittle and sad) are stronger and my skin seems more supple.

I realize my anecdotal results may not be enough to inspire you (or Dad) to starting popping three pills a day, but maybe this info from WebMD will. Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), two fatty acids from the omega-3 family, offer the following benefits:

• Supports normal brain development.
• Ensures nervous system function.
• Maintains eyesight.
• Protects to the body.
• Reduces the risk of developing arthritis, high blood pressure, some cancers and heart disease.

Plus even more relative to the Face Parlour scope, a recent study published in the British Journal of Dermatology suggests fish oil supplements decrease symptoms of eczema, a skin condition characterized by dry, itchy, flaky skin, by as much as 18 percent.

Still not convinced that giving a bottle of fish oil capsules will fully communicate your appreciation for ole dad? Then consider taking him to his favorite restaurant that serves foods packed with omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, mackerel, walnuts and olive oil.

Dad, if you're reading this, it looks like you'll be getting something fishy for Father's Day.