The Best Fish Oil – Setting the Record Straight

 

Supplementing with the best fish oil can be difficult to determine.

So you have been told that taking fish oil is good for you.  It can aid in treatment of heart disease, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, AHDH, low immunitycancerdiabetes, inflammation, arthritis, IBD, AIDS, Alzheimer’s disease, eye disorders, macular degeneration and ulcers. It can even help with weight loss, pregnancy, fertility and skin care (particularly for conditions such as psoriasis and acne).  The list goes on and on. 

But how do you know if you are buying a good quality fish oil is a different story?

Not all fish oils are the same.  Beware high price does not mean great quality.   

So what should be looking for in a better/best fish oil supplement?

No ethyl esters - the vast majority of fish oils concentrate products on the market today are ethyl esters.  The main reason is because of cost; an additional step is required to convert ethyl esters back into their natural triglyceride state. 

Most companies that do take this step only convert about 60-65% of the oil to triglyceride form.  This is the percentage that is required by law.

Designs for Health is one of the few companies that converts 90-95% of the oil to triglyceride form which is 30-50% higher than many on the market.

Why is the triglyceride form preferable to you as the consumer?

1.        It is naturally occurring form in foods and in the body

2.       Research indicates that it is up to 100% more absorbable than the ethyl ester form

3.       It is easier to assimilate for people with digestion and absorption issues

4.       Less prone to oxidation and production of free radicals (less chance of going rancid)

It contains lipase –have you bought and fish oil and burped it?  Yuck!  That is most likely because they did not add lipase.  Lipase is an enzyme crucial to the digestion and absorption of fatty acids. 

So be sure to ask these key questions when you are shopping for the “best” fish oil.

Remember a cheap fish oil is definitely out of the question and don’t always think if you are paying more it is a great fish oil.

 

 

 

 

 

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