Although there are many vitamin supplements on the market, fish oil is by far one of the most popular. It seems confusing that there is such variety, not to mention a huge difference in price. Here’s why everyone can benefit from fish oil supplements and why “oils ain’t oils”.
What is fish oil?
Fish oil is derived from the fatty layers of cold water fish including salmon, sardines, anchovies and pollock. This oil is rich in the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which are also referred to as polyunsaturated acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for human health as our body cannot make them. In an ideal world, we would get all the omega-3 we needed from our diet but most now opt to get their daily requirements from supplements.
Why pay more
Independent studies conducted on supermarket-range fish oil supplements in Australia have uncovered some alarming news. Most tested products fell short of the DHA and EPA they promised on the packet, meaning that people are taking up to half the therapeutic dose and therefore not getting results. Other concerns regarding fish oil include quality (think how detrimental a rancid oil would be in the body), not to mention higher levels of contaminants such as heavy metals. Bioceuticals UltraClean EPA/DHA Plus is the leader in fish oil purity and quality. They rigorously test their product to ensure the amount of EPA and DHA they state is in their product is actually there! The amounts of EPA and DHA are double that of a typical fish oil supplement, meaning you can cut the dose by half! Worried about fishy reflux, then an enteric coated capsule such as the Bioceuticals UltraClean EPA/DHA Plus avoids this problem all together.