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Understanding Fish Oil

Filed Under: Supplements at 11:47 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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Fish oil has been one of the hottest supplements in the market for years. Most people take fish oil to get omega-3 fatty acids, a very important nutrient to regulate and maintain healthy cholesterol levels. But do you know how to choose a good fish oil? Do you know what to look for? Is liquid better than softgels? How does it taste?

Well, you can find many different brands and it’s always difficult to know which fish oils are the “good ones”. Most brands sold at supermarkets, pharmacies and wholesale stores will offer the best prices, but are they reliable? Not really. Cheap fish oil will not hurt you but, most likely, you won’t get the results you’re looking for. Same can be said about the most expensive brands, not necessarily the best ones for you. It may take a couple tries until you find the ideal fish oil, but if you stick with natural products from well known companies, you are off to a good start.

Most people are not sure what to look for in a fish oil product. Yes, we know about the omega-3 levels, (an average of 1000mg should be all you need) but how about everything else? EPA, DHA, ALA, ETA, DPA, CoQ10? Don’t get confused over so many letters. Check for levels of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (decosahexaenoic acid) prior buying a fish-oil. Although it’s hard to establish an average intake, 360 mg of EPA and 240 mg of DHA should be a good daily amount. The addition of Co-Enzyme 10 will help you maximize results, particularly in lowering bad cholesterol. Keep in mind, many other factors have to be considered, such as age, diet (amount of fish you eat), and cardio activities.

You body normally absorb liquid fish oil better than softgels but you may not like its taste very much, despite the addition of lemon or strawberry flavors. Once again, you’ll have to try it to find out if liquid fish oil could be a better option than softgels.

 3 Comments, latest by Beijing

Nordic Naturals – Omega-3 Purified Fish Oil Lemon 1000 mg. – 180 Softgels
Barlean’s – Fresh Catch Fish Oil Omega-3 EPA/DHA Orange Flavor 1000 mg. – 100 Softgels
Twinlab – Omega-3 Fish Oil 1000 mg. – 100 Softgels

 

3 Responses to “Understanding Fish Oil”

  1. vekkish says:

    Thank you for this informative article. May I also add that using pharmaceutical-grade fish oils may improve the health benefits from this natural oil. Pharmaceutical-grade fish oils must contain minimal amounts of EPA and DHA. They must also be tested to ensure they don’t contain high levels of mercury, PCB’s, dioxins and other contaminants. The liquid fish oils may provide a higher dose of EPA and DHA, compared to fish oil soft gels – but they may cost a bit more.

  2. Loma says:

    when choosing fish oil, choose one that has gone through molecular distillation. You cab be sure it is rich in DHA.

  3. Beijing says:

    Definitely, what a fantastic site and revealing posts,

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