What you probably didn’t know is that many inexpensive fish oil supplements are hard to absorb and may be a waste of money.
Krill Oil Supplements are of a higher potency but contain less overall DHA per capsule so several capsules would need to be taken each day which makes them too expensive to take.
Most fish oil products in drug and grocery stores are in the “ethyl ester” form, as a result of the processing these supplements go through.
A clinical study of random fish oil supplements found: more than half of the fish oil products did not contain the amount of EPA and DHA stated on the label and had high levels of rancidity.*
In fact, if the fish oil is “rancid” it can harm cells and cause more inflammation!
Numerous research studies have shown this cheaper ethyl ester form is inferior to the triglyceride (TG) form naturally found in wild fish. Research confirms that concentrated fish oil in the natural TG form is absorbed up to 70% more than as ethyl esters.
Even with the natural TG form, many of the beneficial Omega-3s are lost during digestion.
That means only a small fraction of the common fish oil supplement will ever reach the small intestine to be absorbed and released in the bloodstream and delivered to the body's cells.
Because the world’s fish supply is heavily polluted with industrial waste, including heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and radioactive poisons, people need to be aware inexpensive fish oil supplements are often contaminated.
Avoid tuna, marlin, and swordfish as they contain the highest concentrations of mercury.
That’s why it is extremely important to choose fish high in healthy fats and low in artificial contaminants, such as wild-caught Alaskan salmon, mackerel, herring and anchovies.
These fish are excellent sources of Omega-3 and have a low risk of hazardous contamination. Wild Alaskan salmon is especially low in mercury and other environmental toxins.
Be sure to avoid cheaper fish oil supplements made from farm-raised salmon which is fed a genetically engineered diet of corn and soy products and may contain antibiotics, pesticides and other chemical toxins.
This warning is particularly relevant for strict vegans and vegetarians.
A plant-based Omega-3 supplement contains alpha linoleic acid (ALA), which must be converted to long chain EPA and DHA for use in the body. So it is not a good choice.
Plant based Omega-3’s need an enzyme for conversion and this enzyme is not highly active in most people. This means the conversion rate from ALA to EPA or DHA is low. Vegans and vegetarians need to be aware plant based Omega-3’s will not deliver sufficient DHA levels.
Studies show it is nearly impossible to get enough Omega-3’s this way.
The problem is the excessive amounts of Omega-6 from vegetable oils and processed foods when compared to Omega-3’s. (Remember the ratio in most people is 25 to 1 = Bad to Good.)
You want to have a 3 to 1 ratio (of Omega-6’s to Omega-3’s.)
So do you really need to take a fish oil (Omega-3) supplement?