Omega-3 Oil: What You Must Know

Let’s say that we have two different (brands) of fish oil sitting side-by-side. Each bottle has 1,000 mg capsules. Are the capsules the same? The answer is NO. 

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Here’s why: With regards to Omega-3 there are HUGE differences with regards to sources, quality, and quantity. The best source of Omega-3 oil is from cold salt-water fish such as sardines, anchovies, herring, and mackerel. Warm water and fresh water are not acceptable sources. Does that mean that eating warm water and fresh water fish is bad? No, they just aren’t good sources of Omega-3. 

With regard to quality, much of it has to do with the extraction process of the oil from its source, as well as the elimination of PCB’s, dioxins, furuns, PAHs, mercury, and of course other heavy metals. You obviously want to remove unwanted junk while still preserving the quality of the oil. 

When it comes to the right amount, here is what you need to know: At the very least, an average adult should be taking 1000 EPA per day. We did not say 1000mg of omega-3 fish oil per day. We are specifically saying 1000mg of EPA.

EPA (Eicosapentaenic Acid) is the heart and soul of fish oil. It, along with DHA (which is much more important for little ones and nursing moms), are what counts when it comes to omega-3 oil. Two 1000mg capsules may have very different levels of EPA. Some have as little as 70 mg, and others have as much as 750mg. The point? Oil…is not oil…is not oil.

There should also be a natural balance of EPA and DHA as you would find in nature, like when you eat a fish. Most other brands either have low EPA/DHA, or they hyper inflate one or both using chemical processing. You should strive to be as close to nature as possible with an 18:12 full complement fatty acid profile. This way your body says, this is fish, and knows what to do with it. 

Now, we all know what to look for in our Omega-3 oil. In our practice, we carry only the finest quality omega-3 oil, in both liquid and soft gels. We take pride in carrying high quality products and we are constantly looking for the best.

Good Fats, Bad Fats?

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We have all heard by now that fat can be good for you and it’s not always the enemy it was portrayed to be. Starting from the 1950’s with the “fat free” movement, foods were stripped of fat and replaced with high amounts of sugar. However, fat is actually essential to our health in a myriad of ways, and we are now seeing the ramifications of that deficient diet in people who have grown up in the “fat free” era. Not all fats are the same and I would like to help guide you as to which ones you need and which ones to avoid. 

Saturated fats are the healthy fats found in products like butter, cheese, coconut oil, avocados, egg yolks, nuts, whole raw milk, and meats. 

What? Butter, cheese, and meats can be good sources of healthy saturated fats? That is correct!

However, as Dr. Mercola says, “you must be vigilant against hydrogenated vegetable and seed oils, which are unsaturated fats that have been artificially manipulated into saturated fats. These are also known as trans fats, which interfere with your insulin receptors and put you at risk of chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. It’s the trans fats found in margarine, vegetable shortening, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oils used in low-quality products that are to blame (the confusion about healthy vs. unhealthy fats). These are the unhealthy fats that you must avoid at all costs.” *

Why are healthy fats so important? Well, you need fat to make brain tissue, nerve tissue, and all the vessels in your body. In fact, 60% of your brain is made of fat, and half of that fat is from docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA along with its partner eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are found in Omega 3s. We find Omega3s in wild organic animals, especially fatty fish like salmon.

Unfortunately, the majority of Americans do not get enough good fats in their diets. Unless you eat fish a couple times a day, and only eat wild pasture animals, you are probably deficient in Omega 3s. The best solution we have to correct our deficiency is supplementing with fish oil. Obviously not all fish oils are the same. So you need one that is very high quality in order to get the most from the oil and avoid toxicity. 

At Platinum Chiropractic we focus on Neuro-Structural Correction. This requires us to make sure your nervous system has the proper building blocks to heal and create healthy nerve tissue, while we are correcting it. That is why we recommend Innate Choice Fish Oil. It is the highest quality fish oil with minimal processing. Our fish oil also has a natural and proper balance of EPA to DHA ratio, which your body recognizes as fish and absorbs it with ease.

 * http://www.mercola.com/nutritionplan/beginner_fats.htm