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Fish oil capsules Pure EPA

How strong are your fish oil capsules?

Pure EPA is 93% concentration-strength – this has nothing to do with how many milligrams the capsule contains.

Milligrams is the quantity the capsule contains.
Concentration is the strength of the oil.

For example:

1 Pint 1 Pint
8.0% 4.0%

Both these pints are equal in quantity i.e. 1 pint, as you will notice one is 8.0% the other 4.0%, they are both still a pint but one is double the strength of the other.

This also applies to fish oil capsules

1 gram; 1 gram; 1 gram;
oil 1 (Pure EPA) oil 2 oil 3
93% 70% 50%

Again, all the above oils are equal in quantity but all differ in strength. The strongest is oil1 then oil 2 then oil 3.

The bottom line

In very simple terms Pure EPA is 93% strength and has 300mg of pure EPA in each capsule so 4 capsules = 1.2g of 93% strength of pure EPA.

Fish oil vitamin

Fish oil is an excellent source of the essential Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. They are classed as essential because the body needs them but cannot synthesise them itself and has to obtain them from dietary sources. The Omega 3’s have extraordinary health benefits that have now been validated by studies from all over the world; however, most of us do not get enough of these in our diet.   Omega 3’s are found in high quantities in cold water oily fish such as Sardines, Mackerel, Salmon and Tuna but because of the risk of potentially harmful toxins in fresh fish, many people prefer to supplement their diet with fish oil.

There are basically two types of fish oil available; one is extracted from the fatty tissue of fish and the other from the liver of fish, cod liver oil for example.  Both types contain the essential Omega 3 fatty acids but cod liver oil can also contain high levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin D and these vitamins can accumulate in the body over time and possibly lead to vitamin toxicity.

Vitamin A is necessary for night vision and helps to fight infection but too much of it can result in severe vitamin A toxicity.  Any oil extracted from the liver of fish will contain higher and potentially harmful levels of vitamin A.  Vitamin D helps our body to absorb calcium and is necessary for healthy bones and teeth. We can source vitamin D from sunlight as well as from some dietary sources and supplements, but exposure to excess sunlight will not cause vitamin D toxicity. Vitamin D toxicity is most likely to arise from people taking vitamin supplements or fish oil supplements containing vitamin D.

One of the problems with any type of fish oil is the risk of rancidity.  As they are highly unsaturated, fish oils can oxidise very easily.  This means that without added protection, they can quickly become impure and lead to an increase in the number of free radicals in the body, which could counteract any of the health benefits of taking the fish oil in the first place.

To avoid this problem, it is important when choosing a fish oil to look for one that contains an efficient antioxidant such as vitamin e, tocopherol.  This will help to keep the fish oil fresh and prevent it from going rancid, it will also help to preserve the beneficial and protective effects of the Omega 3 fatty acids present in the fish oil.

Some types of cod liver oil have been processed in such a way that all the natural Vitamin A and D has been removed and a synthetic form of vitamin A and D added.  This type of oil can increase your risk of suffering from vitamin toxicity.  If you are in doubt about the level of vitamins in your body, the only way of finding out is to have your levels tested by your GP.

Pure EPA pharmaceutical grade omega 3 fish oil only contains the natural form of vitamin E, this has been added to help keep the oil fresh both in the capsule and in the body.

Fish Oil Supplement

Why are fish oil supplements so important to us

It is estimated that 85% or more of people in the Western world are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids and most get far too much of the omega-6 fatty acids. Vegetarian diets, for example, tend to be very high in omega-6.
Seemingly minor differences in their molecular structure make the two EFA families act very differently in the body. Although we do need both omega-3s and omega-6s it is becoming increasingly clear that an excess of omega-6 fatty acids can have dire consequences. Our ancestors evolved on a diet with a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 of about 1:1. (most of the omega 3 came from consuming fish ) A massive change in dietary habits over the last few centuries has changed this ratio to something closer to 20:1 and this spells trouble.

FISH OIL SUPPLEMENT – QUALTIY

fish oil supplements tend to vary alot. It is very important to read all of the information that is presented to you, these days every fish oil supplement makes claims of the purest and strongest omega 3 fish oil on the market, you only need to look on the internet to see that this is the case. When choosing your fish oil supplement there are two very important factors to watch out for, these are the strength – concentration of the oil and the quantity. This is better explained in the know your oil article.

Fish oil supplements Cod liver oil and fish oils are not the same. Cod liver oil is extracted from cod liver and is an excellent source of vitamins A and D. Fish oils are extracted from the tissues (flesh) of fatty fish like salmon and herring and are good sources of EPA. Fish oils contain very little vitamin A and D, but cod liver oil does contain EPA and DHA. However, the concentration and amounts of essential fatty acids that are found in fish oil supplements like cod liver oil are very very low. You would probably exceed the recommended daily intake of vitamins A and D if you were to try to obtain therapeutic amounts of EPA from cod liver oil.

Supplementing with a fish oil supplement has been found to be entirely safe even for periods as long as 7 years and no significant adverse effects have been reported.

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