The incredible benefits of fish oil supplements as a health food are becoming talked about more and more these days. You may be researching this very topic because your doctor or naturopath or therapist has recommended that you try some. There are an amazing variety of good things that fish oils can do for you, no matter who you are. It’s natural that people can be confused when looking at all the different brands and forms; all you know is that organic vitamins are the best, but how do you know which one is the best of them for you and your family? We will try to help you narrow your choice down a little bit.
Omega-3 fish oil supplements contain fatty acids DHA and EPA which are described by medical experts as being essential nutrients for both well and unwell people. Experts in organic food at Eric’s Health Food Shoppe, Brooklyn, have advised us that fish oil can provide the following benefits:
- Can help to prevent and also to manage heart disease
- Can be a helpful treatment in a number of types of cancer
- Reduce clogging in arteries
- Reduce chances of stroke
- Lower triglyceride levels
- Lower blood pressure
- Support improved brain health
- Improve eyesight
- Reduce joint stiffness and pain
- Assists in general nervous system and immune system health
- Can improve mood, reduce depression and anxiety
- Reduce hypertension
- Assist with ADHD
- Reduce arthritis
- Can reduce hair loss
- Help treat skin conditions including eczema
- May benefit fertility and health during pregnancy, and development of the foetus
- May help with weight loss
- May increase energy
- Can help development in children and infants
Doctors recommend that healthy people have a good high intake of organic food, including fatty and oily fish at least twice a week. This includes eating fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna among others. But it is very hard to maintain that kind of diet; keeping it up may not be very convenient, it’s not within everyone’s budget, and it can get kind of boring. And some people hate fish. So enhancing your diet with organic fish oil supplements may be a very good idea for you and a guaranteed way for your body to get the lovely omega-3 fatty acids that it needs.
It is not generally recommended that you take more than 3 grams of fish oil a day. If you need higher doses than this, consult with your doctor so they can monitor you while you’re on this treatment. Fish oil can cause nausea, stomach upset and diarrhea as side effects in some people. Some brands can cause fish taste and fishy breath, but there are many varieties now that have reduced and removed these particular side effects. Improvements in health food these days are wonderful.
So you may be convinced now that adding fish oil to your diet may be a good idea, but very unclear which one to choose. You need to stay away from brands that are highly processed because they easily oxidize and can go off. A fishy smell and aftertaste are a good sign of rancid product. It is recommended that you buy supplements in triglyceride form, and look for the freshest product you can. This will be the healthiest thing you can put in your and your loved ones tummies.
You should try to purchase fish oil supplements from the most reputable source you can, that has clearly measurable external testing processes to ensure harmful contaminants such as mercury and lead are not in your product. You should also look for sustainably sourced products, and as best you can source wild fish not fish from farms.
You may have heard that Norwegian fish oil is the best that you can get. Here are some reasons why this could be true:
Fish oil sourced in Norway is protected by very strict standards, including the Norwegian Medical Standard, the European Pharmacopoeia Standard, and the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3. You can check for organization letters on labels (NMS, EPS, GOED). This testing ensures purity and lack of pollutants and contaminants.
Norwegian fish oil is sourced from wild fish, deep in the ice cold waters around Norway, where there is no pollution, and the fish are healthy, pure and high in omega-3.
Norwegian fish oil is generally considered to be the freshest.
Norwegian fish oil is generally high grade which means it is sourced from quality fish with lower contaminants. The best quality fish are smaller, as they have eaten less small fish and are less likely to contain toxins. Look for companies who source fish like anchovies, sardines, mackerel and krill, as omega-3 from these sources are better in consistency, safety and effectiveness.
These companies generally go through more rigorous and expensive filtration and distillation processes to ensure purity. You should be wary of buying cheaper brands that have skipped this process.
These fish oils go through specific manufacturing processes to ensure the fatty acids contained within haven’t oxidized or gone rancid.
These supplements have a higher ratio of essential fatty acids in the EPA and DHA levels in the product. Look for higher levels per dose, as then you don’t need to take as high a dose to see positive effects.
One of the doctors consulted on this topic stated that fish oil should be considered an investment. You can buy cheaper and bulk buy products, but the quality of what you are putting in your body, or your family’s bodies greatly varies. Fish oil can have incredible benefits for healthy people and people suffering from certain conditions, but you can only really trust it to work if you source fish oil that is pure, fresh, contains high levels of omega-3 and is free from contaminants and toxins. You want to be sure that the processes used to manufacture it are held to the highest possible standard. Norwegian fish oil claims to meet all these standards and more. You can trust that you are getting the highest quality vitamin product available, and you can then invest in its benefits. Norwegian fish oils are available from Eric’s Health Food Shoppe in Brooklyn, a mecca for people who value their personal health and care about what they put in their bodies. Contact their friendly staff to get some advice today.