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.
The benefits of fish oil
Due to the fact that omega-3 is such an essential nutrient, vital for the health of every single cell in our body there is a long-list of health benefits. Here is what the evidence tells us.
Joint pain. For those suffering from arthritis, fish oil can help reduce joint inflammation, improve motility and provide joint lubrication. It is also helpful for those with rheumatoid arthritis as fish oil significantly reduces levels of inflammation and lowers disease activity. Research has found that fish oil works just as well as NSAID’s in reducing arthritic pain without the side-effects. Some companies suggest you take 12 capsules to combat joint pain and inflammation. With the Bioceuticals UltraClean capsules, they are so concentrated that you only need to take 4 a day. If capsules aren’t your thing, try a liquid. One tsp per day is what they recommend to reduce joint swelling and pain. Ethical Nutrients Hi Strength Liquid Fish Oil.
Heart Health. When it comes to heart health, fish oil seems to cover it all—reducing triglycerides, cholesterol and supporting normal blood pressure. It also helps to maintain flexibility and health of our blood vessels, while improving the flow of blood through them. For general cardiovascular health, it is recommended you take just one capsule a day of the Bioceuticals UltraClean EPA/DHA Plus. However, if you’re aiming to reduce cholesterol, triglycerides or blood pressure a higher dose of 4 a day is suggested. Or one teaspoon of Ethical Nutrients Hi Strength Liquid Fish Oil.
Healthy mood. A substantial proportion of DHA is found in the brain –playing a central role in its health. Supplementing with fish oil can reduce anxiety and depression and this has been proven. In one study adolescents who took fish oil found they had a 40% reduction in major depressive disorder symptoms. Try Bioceuticals UltraClean DHA Omega capsules to target brain function.
Skin and hair health. Signs that you are low in omega-3 include dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, scaly dermatitis, dry hair and dandruff. Fish oil nourishes the skin by providing hydration and reducing inflammation. For those wanting long-term benefits it can lessen wrinkles, sunspots and fights against the ageing process.
Fertility and pregnancy. Fish oil consumed by both men and women can improve chances of conception. In men it enhances sperm quality, while in women it balances hormones and works against conditions such as endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome which can contribute to infertility. In the developing foetus DHA is crucial for brain and eye formation. This is why breastmilk is naturally rich in this nutrient—up until the age of 2 these areas are still in a critical stage of development for a child. Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA is a quality example of specific DHA for healthy foetal development.
ADHD. Omega-3 fatty acid in fish oil may help improve symptoms of ADHD and other related developmental problems. Research has found that fish oil, particularly DHA, can significantly improve behaviour and academic learning. Fish oil is an essential supplement for kids, as let’s face it how many kids eat the recommended 2 serves of fish each week. This is when a great-tasting liquid can be used, taken straight off the spoon or mixed in yoghurt. Try Ethical Nutrients Hi Strength Liquid Fish Oil.
Final thoughts on fish oil
- Fish oil can be taken to improve mood, dry skin, concentration and cardiovascular health
- It is a strong anti-inflammatory that can be used to reduce joint pain and inflammation
- Choose quality products such as Bioceuticals UltraClean, Ethical Nutrients Hi Strength Liquid Fish oil, Bioceuticals UltraClean DHA Omega and Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA.
- And is a superior quality fish oil supplement with a guaranteed high strength EPA and DHA
- Avoid a fishy aftertaste with Bioceuticals UltraClean enteric coated capsules or try the pleasant tasting liquid version, suitable for adults and children
Please note: Practitioner products are only available through recommendation from your doctor or naturopath