Do fish supplements really work?
Have you ever wondered what the difference in fish oils is? I mean, are they really different? Do they make a difference in our brain function?
Many believe so there are good quality, pharmaceutical brands and that they really do improve our health. Medical studies have proven this to be true. When we lack omega 3 fatty acids, we can flounder in depression, obesity, diabetes or many other autoimmune illnesses.
There are 2 General fish oil combinations.
Omega 3: They must have omega fatty acids high in EPA and DHA for proper brain and eye development. Sometimes, you will find blends of this, increasing either EPA or DHA.
Omegas 3-6-9: These mixtures are obtained by combining the general fish oil with another source of omega 9 to attempt to keep a natural balance. Typically, borage, primrose oil, olive oil and other vegetable and nut oils are used to provide omega 9 to fish oils.
Why do you need this balance?
If you are not getting enough omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, your body may become unbalanced and produce extra omega 9. Omega 9 is found in olive oil, avocados, nut butters and seeds. Most of us do not get enough omega 3, so we may find ourselves eating more of the nuts and seeds to compensate. However, there are also other benefits to taking a supplement, even if you think you eat enough omega 3 fatty oils.
Why do we need omega 3 fatty acids?
We need omega fatty acids for brain and eye development. Children, have a great need for this. However, given our worldwide lack of proper nutrition, we struggle to get enough of it. That is, unless you live in cold places near the water, such as Alaska and the Arctic you may not get enough.
Omega 3 fatty acids improve our circulation, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure, produce serotonin, reduce eye problems, reduce cholesterol, and more. Many people know that omega 3 fatty acids can improve speech and cognition, as well, especially in children.
What foods can we eat to get enough omega 3 fatty acids?
Fish, particularly salmon, halibut and tuna
Where can I buy them?
I have bought omega 3 fatty acids at Wal-Mart, and yes, I have had results with them. Nature Made Fish Oil Omega-3 1200mg, 300 Softgels work well, and they are not pharmaceutical, but really inexpensive.
NCB Alaska Deep Sea Fish Oil, Omega 3 1000mg 300 Softgels is another favored choice, and only cost $10.99 for a huge bottle. I actually prefer the salmon oil, which they also sell.
If you have the money, Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Formula, 180-Count are the best quality, free from all metals, and from wild-caught fish. They are pricey, but definitely deliver a good product.
You can get the omega 3 fatty acids several ways.
Food is always the best medicine, but the truth is, our food supply has been depleted, and you probably will need a supplement. The benefits far outweigh not taking this supplement, or at least adding these foods to our diets.
This post contains affiliate links, which may help support my family’s needs.
Originally published on January 3, 2013