Benefits of Omega 3 Supplements
The benefits of omega 3 supplements are outstanding. And, you should be taking an omega 3 supplement every day.
But how do you choose which one is best?
Here are some simple guidelines to help you make the best choice.
Get your omega 3s from fatty fish – nature’s richest source – Salmon, tuna, sardines and anchovies all fall into the “fatty” fish category. That means they have the highest levels of omega 3 fatty acids.
Be sure your supplement is “species specific” – Take a look at the ingredients and be sure the label clearly states the exact species of fish used. You need to watch out for “marine lipids”, “fish oil” or “mixed marine oils.” With ingredients like this, you never know what was used to make the supplement you’re going to put into your body.
Find out what parts of the fish are used to make the oil – Is your omega 3 supplement pressed from the edible flesh of the fish or is it made by pressing the heads, tails and entrails too? There’s a reason those parts of the fish are not for human consumption, why would you want them included in your fish oil?
Make sure your supplement is naturally toxin free – Be sure the fish used to make your fish oil supplement were health screened and approved for human consumption. You also need to make sure that the oil is certified to be free of pesticides, herbicides and toxic heavy metals.
Add up the individual omega 3s listed on the label – Many omega 3 fish oil supplements contain hidden or unlabeled oils. If you add up the amounts of each specific omega 3 fatty acid listed on the label it should equal the total amount of omega 3 in the product. If it doesn’t (and most don’t), there’s some kind of hidden or filler oil in the product. You’re not getting what you’re paying for.
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Make sure your omega 3 fish oil supplement contains all 8 omega 3 fatty acids – Science now tells us that there are 8 omega 3 fatty acids. They are ALA, EPA, DHA, SDA, ETA(3), ETA, HPA and DPA. If you want all the benefits of omega 3 supplements, you need to get all 8 omega 3 fatty acids.
There are plenty of omega 3 supplements out there that don’t fit the criteria established here – the same criteria scientific researchers use. So look closely – even if the product is endorsed by a big name doctor in a white lab coat.