What are the best Fish oil tablets for health?
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Many people who have heard that Omega 3 is beneficial for health and who wish to increase their intake of Omega 3 pop down to their local supermarket and pick up a bottle of fish oil off the shelf. Unfortunately there is a problem with this as fish oils vary greatly in their strength, their quality and their purity and as such, there’s every possibility that the one they have chosen will have little if any effect on their health.
Even worse, they might even think that the numerous other products claiming to contain Omega 3 such as bread and margarine for example, will give them enough Omega 3 to make a difference. This is simply not the case.
Omega 3 fatty acids
There are different types of Omega 3 fatty acids but the two most important are Eicosapentaenoic acid or EPA and Docosahexaenoic acid or DHA. This is because we cannot survive without them but as we cannot produce these fatty acids ourselves we must get them from our diets but the only really reliable source we have of these fatty acids is oily fish.
Another type of Omega 3 fatty acid is Alpha linolenic acid or ALA, which is equally essential but we can find this in many sources such as green vegetables, canola oil, flax seeds and algae. It is this form that is often added to products. However it is EPA that most researchers now consider to be the most important fatty acid and here’s one of the reasons why.
You will often read that our bodies can convert ALA into EPA and DHA. Theoretically this is true; however, our ability to do this is extremely limited and according to some studies could even be lower than 5%. On the other hand if we get enough EPA in our diets we can convert it into the DHA that we need which is why it is vital that we get enough EPA. One way to do this is by taking fish oil capsules regularly.
What to consider when buying fish oil
If you want to start taking fish oil there are certain things to consider before you buy. The first is obviously the amount of EPA contained in the oil, the higher the amount of EPA the better.
The second thing is whether or not the oil has been through processes such as molecular distillation to remove any toxins that could be lurking in the oil. Our seas are polluted and so are our fish so if we don’t remove these harmful toxins there’s little point in taking fish oil for health.
Finally, you have to consider the number of capsules you have to take per day. Many fish oils require you to take six or more capsules which can be inconvenient and costly. It pays to buy the best oil you can afford but obviously concentrated fish oil where you only have to take one or two capsules a day is ideal.
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