There are many reasons why fish oil is potentially a good supplement, from a growing baby to an adult. These healthy fats help create a healthy brain, as well decreasing risk of numerous diseases, such as cardiovascular disease. There are two main components: EPA (eicosatetraenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are the long-chain fatty acids known as omega 3s. They are naturally found in fish and shellfish, and nut oils like walnuts. These two together, are the omega 3s that research focuses on, and they are important because of the effect they have on inflammation in the body. In general, they decrease or mediate inflammation in the body, which is involved in many disease processes.
If you want to get a good amount of these essential fatty acids in your diet, most people can achieve this if you can consume 2 eight-ounce servings of fish each week.
However, if you are pregnant, nursing or have a particular health condition then you may need more than that. For example, a growing baby needs a lot of DHA to make a healthy brain. A full-term baby needs 2400 mg DHA per day until 3 months postpartum. This can be achieved with a good quality fish oil or eating fish 24/7. You would need to eat about 3 lbs of oily fish (sardines, mackerel, herring, or wild salmon) every day, or more if you’re only eating white fish.
Getting the Most Benefit from Omega 3s
You can take several steps to ensure you’re getting the optimal benefits from fish.
Ask your Naturopath/healthcare provider: There are many different fish oil supplements on the market, get assistance from your healthcare provider to select one that is low risk for heavy metals and toxins and provides the most benefit for your money.
Make sure that your fish are selected from a good source: Read the labels on your food so you know where your fish is coming from and how it has been processed.
Two good online sources are:
- Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch web site
- Environmental Defense Fund web site
NUTRIDOM OMEGA 1200: Enteric Coated/No fishy Odor
- Fish oil (Anchovy, Mackerel, Sardine) containing 800mg EPA and 400mg DHA per day
- Excellent source of omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA
- Enteric coating to combat problems with a fishy aftertaste or fishy burps.
- Maintain/support cardiovascular health
- Help reduce blood triglycerides