Fish oils and what to Look for ( oils aint oils)

Written by Fred Walton

The increasing awareness around the wide-ranging benefits of fish oil mean chances are either you or someone close to you is taking a fish oil product.

Their beneficial effects are widely accepted by both the  medical communities and complementary modalities alike and they are readily available to purchase in health food stores, pharmacies and even supermarkets.

Bearing this in mind, and the variance of price accross these retail areas you MUST pose the Question."are you getting precisely what you bargained for in terms of both efficacy and purity" when you purchase that mega-tub of fish oil from your local supermarket?


WHAT SHOULD BE IN YOUR FISH OIL?
A high quality fish oil supplement is the ideal source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. However, not all fish oils provide the same benefits ( OILS AINT OILS). The active constituents in fish oil, known as EPA and DHA,  eg. EPA assists in relieving the pain and inflammation of mild arthritis, helps maintain cardiovascular health and plays a role in mood regulation. DHA supports normal healthy brain development, improves memory and cognition, and is important for the health of your nervous system.

A high quality, high strength fish oil may also help you maintain a normal ratio between the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ types of cholesterol as well as help maintain normal triglyceride levels.
The label on your tub may claim each fish oil capsule contains ‘1000 mg of fish oil’ but   how much of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are you actually getting?

Your Practitioner can recommend a prescription fish oil with high concentrations of EPA (up to 2000 mg per dose) and DHA (up to 800 mg per dose) to help with your specific health needs, and can advise you which fish oil is most appropriate for your particular health concern.


WHAT SHOULDN’T BE IN YOUR FISH OIL?
Ask yourself, ‘What else could be lurking in that budget brand fish oil that may be bad for my health?’ ‘Is there anything in there that could be harmful, such as toxins and impurities?’

Larger fish found higher up the aquatic food chain can harbour environmental pollutants such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and pesticides, which may accumulate in your body over time. The resultant toxicity depending on your quantity of use may actually contribute to health complaints.

The fish oils prescribed by your Practitioner guarantee superior levels of purity and quality by using only small  fish, such as sardines and anchovies, which do not accumulate the same levels of environmental toxins that the much larger fish tend to store over their lifespan. Furthermore, the fish oils that your Practitioner recommends undergo a process called ‘molecular distillation’, which removes impurities and pollutants that may potentially be present. 


MAINTAINING QUALITY –
REDUCING THE ‘FISHINESS’
Oxidation of many oils including fish oils can prove to be detrimental to your health also. Oxidised fish oils not only smell and taste unpleasant, but also have reduced health benefits and may even be harmful in some cases.

Quality fish oils that are recommended by your Practitioner are manufactured using a process called ‘nitrogen flushing’, which protects the oils from oxidation. The finished product is then tested for the indicators of oxidation or ‘freshness’, resulting in levels exceeding Australian manufacturing standards.

By choosing a fish oil with the lowest indicators of oxidation you gain the greatest health benefits from your fish oil.


SUSTAINABILTY
Today most consumers are aware that fish need to be sourced sustainably to protect our marine environment. Look for a product that is certified by Friends of the sea to ensure it is not a cheap import and is a sustainable source.


THE RIGHT FISH OIL FOR YOU
Whether you need help to relieve the pain of mild arthritis,Inflamation of lower back or shoulder pain, are wanting to improve your memory and cognitive function, or would like to help maintain normal cholesterol levels and a healthy cardiovascular system, a high quality fish oil supplement can help.

Your Practitioner can prescribe you a fish oil of the highest quality and purity so you can be confident that you are getting the best therapeutic results and most value for money from your fish oil.

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