The Best Omega 3 Oil
Looking for the best omega 3 oil is like opening a can of worms.
Everyone’s going to say theirs is the best. What else would they say – their omega 3 is second best? Not a chance!
But “best” is an adjective reserved only for the top quality product that produces the best results. And to find the best omega 3 you have to look beyond fancy labels, celebrity and physician endorsements and misleading marketing.
So what should you look for?
Science is the key. To begin with science tells us that most all of the amazing omega 3 health benefits come from fish oil.
Secondly science tells us which fish have the most omega 3 oil, where to find them, how to select them, how to process them, and how much omega 3 your body needs for optimum health.
If you stick to the science behind the supplements then slick marketing will NEVER fool you. Even the best known brands, with all their doctors, infomercials, special offers and implied features don’t stand up to the facts of science.
Since we can easily determine how much omegas 3 is present in fish, it only makes good sense to use the richest sources. But you’d be surprised how many companies don’t.
Look for an omega 3 vitamin that’s “species specific,” featuring fish like salmon, sardines, anchovies and tuna on the label. This is the only way to know the source of the oil. When a label says just “fish oil” or “marine lipids,” they’re hiding something and should NOT be considered.
Even within a specific species, there’s going to be some fish that are healthier than others. Find out if the brand selects only healthy fish graded for human consumption and if it’s guaranteed toxin free.
Because fish are full of more than just fish oil, processing is very important. To minimize the likelihood of contaminants and hidden vitamins A and D, you want a company that presses their oil only from the flesh of fish.
And finally, you have to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for. Science tells us that all 8 members of the fatty acid family are vitally important to your health and that these nutrients need to be complete and balanced to be beneficial – just like they are in nature.
Many people have heard of ALA, DHA and EPA – they’re the omega 3 all-stars. But DPA, SDA, ETA, ETA(3) and HPA are just as important. And when the whole family is present, they’re much more powerful than any individual fatty acid. So look for supplements that have a balanced ratio of all 8 omega 3s.
It’s also important to make sure there are no unlabeled or hidden oils in the product. Add up the individual fish oil fatty acids listed on the label. They should equal the total amount of oil in the product. Otherwise, you’re getting ripped off!
There are plenty of supplements that don’t fit the criteria established by valid scientific research – even products endorsed by big name doctors in white lab coats.
Most marketing is designed to distract you from what’s really important. Educate yourself and you’ll easily be able to find what you’re looking for – the best fish oil supplements for you.