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How to Choose the Right Fish Oil

Newsflash:  “You should
be taking a fish oil for good health!”  How
many times have you heard the terms “fish oil,” “omega 3,” or “omega 3 fatty
acid” being plastered in health bulletins or recommendations lately?  If you are paying any attention, it’s
everywhere!  Why?  Because there is so much excitement over the
prospect of these ‘good fats’ in helping prevent and treat the #1 killer of
Americans today- heart disease.  Here are
some quick tips on understanding what you might read about these little oily
pearls and drops of goodness!

1.  Omega 3 fatty acids are protective to your body
because they help reduce inflammation. 
(Inflammatory diseases are those that end in ‘-itis.’  If you have arthritis, sinusitis, or heart
disease-itis [J]
as it should be called, omega 3’s can help.)

2.  All omega 3’s are not created equal.  For example, fish oil and flax oil are sources
of omega 3 fatty acids.  Fish oil is
8-10x more potent than flax oil in terms of its ability to reduce inflammation.

3.  A quick way to know if your supplement is a
potent source of omega 3’s- calculate how much EPA and DHA is in each
capsule.  EPA and DHA (short for very
long chemical names you don’t need to know) are the strongest of the omega 3’s.  The more in your supplement, the better in
today’s culture of inflammation.  If you
are taking a 1000 mg capsule of fish oil, but only 400 mg of it is in the form
of EPA and DHA, that’s how much you can likely bank on in terms of helping to
reduce inflammation.

4.  Studies show 1000mg of fish oil (remember, I
would say EPA + DHA) can help most adults prevent heart disease risks and 2000
mg- 4000 mg of good omega 3’s could be prescribed for others with riskier
health conditions.

5.  All fish oil is not created equal.  Even if it has the same amount of EPA + DHA,
if the manufacturer of your fish oil has not purified out the bad stuff like
mercury, PCB and dioxin, you might get other problems in the process.  Remember, fish are a product of the water they
live in and the water these days is not as clean as it used to be.  Look for a product that uses a distillation
process that takes out the bad chemicals and saturated fat that you don’t need
in your supplement regimen. 

This is just the beginning of more to come on this
subject.  If you get yourself going with these tips and add in a healthy dose of good nutrition, regular physical activity and a happier
disposition, you are sure to be ahead of most Americans on your path to
preventing disease.  But do me a favor… please
pass this on to anyone who takes fish oil. 
I see way too many people wasting their hard earned money on substandard
fish oil supplements that likely are not helping them and potentially hurting
them.  Pay it forward…the more they know,
the more they help themselves.  Then, they can join you in the ranks of Patients Powered by

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posted November 22, 2010 at 10:30 am

Eating fatty fish to get some omega 3 fats has no problems, if you don’t do it too often. But if you want to supplement your diet with the proper amounts of omega 3 by just eating fish, it could be a health risk. You would have to eat fish almost every day and that could mean dangerous amounts of mercury in your nervous system.
It is important to have in mind that there are certain conditions to get the benefits fish oil can bring.
You need to take a good quality fish oil, free from mercury and other contaminants. That is molecularly distilled fish oil.
Then, you need to take a minimum amount of fish oil, krill oil or cod liver oil at a certain frequency.
There is not an establish amount of omega 3 for any health benefit but I recommend to take at least 900 mg per day of omega 3 fats (close to 3.000 mg of fish oil), EPA plus DHA, per day. You should increase these amounts if you are overweight or you have degenerative disorders, like hypertension or high triglycerides.
Also, you should lower your intake of omega 6 fats (mostly grains and grain oils) since omega 3 and omega 6 counteract each other in the body. The best way to reduce omega 6 fats is to eliminate all starches from your diet, that is all grains and grain oils.
Please
Best wishes,

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posted November 23, 2010 at 9:36 am

I like that Dr Shilpa accents that the quality of fish oil supplements matters. There are plenty supplements on the market and we can really get confused when it comes to choosing the best one.
The important factor is EPA/DHA amount in each capsule as well as the Purity of the oil. There are often different ingredients added as components to fish oils to make the capsules more effective/attractive to potential customers. Because eating fish is not always the case when it comes to fulfilling the daily/weekly levels of omega fats, fish oil supplements may be a good solution for health conscious individuals. If someone wants to read real testimonials from people who tried Pure EPA fish oil supplements, I would recommend visiting Igennus website (

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posted December 1, 2010 at 1:57 am

The important factor is EPA/DHA amount in each capsule as well as the Purity of the oil. There are often different ingredients added as components to fish oils to make the capsules more effective/attractive to potential customers.

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