Omega 3 fish oil seems to be one supplement that doctors routinely agree on because of all the great health benefits. It is made from the oil of fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, or sardines and contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and decosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
The health benefits include :
- Lowering triglycerides
- Increasing HDL (the good cholesterol)
- Improving arrhythmias
- Benefiting blood pressure
- Lowering inflammation
- Improving skin conditions
- Helping arthritis
- Supporting eyesight
- Improving brain function/development
- May help treat major depression
Humans can’t make their own omega-3 fatty acids so we must rely on outside sources such as supplements or natural food. When choosing your supplement, make sure you go for a good quality company that focuses on provided healthy omega-3-fatty acids. Examine the ratio of EPA to DHA compared to the total omega-3’s in the capsule. For example, if one capsule has 1000mg of fish oil but only 150mg EPA and 100mg DHA then you are only looking at 250mg of the beneficial omega-3s.
Make sure you are getting at least 300-450mg EPA and 150-200mg of DHA per day.
The fish oil should be screened for pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, PCB’s, dioxin, rancidity and other toxins so that you aren’t putting those in your body.
Cut open your fish oil and smell it! If it doesn’t smell like good, clean fish then it’s old and rancid. If it smells like dead or rotting fish then throw it out! Never take rancid oil!
Keep your fish oil out of warm places as it can cause the oil to go rancid quickly. Consider keeping it in the refrigerator to avoid heat and lower the risk of fish burps.
The average dose for fish oil is 1,000 mg per day, however if you have heart conditions or need a higher therapeutic dose, check in with your health care provider and be aware that fish oil at high doses can thin blood or increase your risk for bruising. I recomand you HealthSparks Omega 3 fish oils 1000mg capsules. High quality UK manafactured, this supplement offers the highest level of EPA and DHA content when compared to other omega 3 fish oil.