Omega 3 Oils

Many people believe that more is better when it comes to something being concentrated. The view that the “more the merrier” is good for you is not always true when it comes to omega 3 oils. A sustained gentle rain is usually more useful than a hurricane. This article will try and offer some practical information on how to get the “best bang for your buck,” both financially and health wise.

If you are looking for a supplement with the highest concentration of omega 3 oils, you probably are looking for the maximum health benefits. Nothing wrong with that except that you can overdo taking anything – even water. The best source for omega 3 oils are wild, cold water fatty fish. Anytime you are dealing with fish products it is more important to worry about quality first and concentration later.

There are too many differences in the quality of fish oil to list here but here are a few of them.

  • The fattier the fish, the better. Salmon, tuna and hoki [Southern ocean] are loaded with omega 3 oils.
  • Some areas of the world are cleaner than others. The Southern ocean near New Zealand is probably the cleanest. Look at the map – lots of ocean and relatively few people or ship traffic.
  • The North and Baltic seas used to be better but all the traffic from northern Russia to Europe and the Scandinavian countries has clouded those waters. The Atlantic and Pacific oceans are the worst. In fact, California requires warning signs in stores about fish from these waters. The FDA warnings about consuming too much fish are even broader.
  • How far does the fish travel before processing? Long trips in tankers are not good for a source that loses freshness quickly. Open the bottle to your supplement. It should have a faint fishy aroma or none at all. Anything else, like perfumes for instance, are usually masking a lack of freshness or just plain rancidness.

Lets get back to concentration levels. There are eight different types of omega 3 oils. The main ones you find in fish are the most essential – DHA and EPA. DHA is generally regarded as the most important of the two for optimal health benefits. If your supplement is highly concentrated but low in DHA you are not getting everything you need. There are a lot of these products, if for no other reason, because it is cheaper to have a highly concentrated EPA mix.

Also, look at the dosage. My supplement has 500 mg of omega 3 oils [280mg are DHA] in each soft gel capsule. I can go to any retail store and find numerous products that would require three tablets of dubious purity to get the same dosage.

Now it should be clear that there are many things to consider in order to get the best omega 3 oils at a good price. Keep on researching these marvelous nutrients. This article should only be an introduction to your education. To start getting more detailed information, please visit my website.