How do you find the best fish oil and get the best results for a healthy lifestyle?
There are two ways to get omega 3 fish oil : from fresh fish and from fish oil supplements. Fresh fish is a great source of pure fish oil except that if you eat as much fish as you need to get the right dosage of omega 3s, you'll probably be getting too much mercury and other toxins. Fish oil supplements, on the other hand, don't have the toxins (thanks to filtering and since toxins accumulate in fish flesh more than fish oil), so they seem to be your best fish oil bet.
How do you find the best fish oil supplements?
Not all fish oil supplements are the same. There are high quality, pure fish oil supplements and not-so-high quality fish oil supplements.
If you're reading this article, you're probably just as concerned as we are about what you put in your body, and you probably want to know why to choose a certain fish oil supplement when there are so many omega 3 fish oils on the market.
To help you get the best fish oil supplement for you, we've made a checklist. If a fish oil supplement meets these requirements, you're almost certainly good to go:
High potency of EPA and DHA. Pharmaceutical grade omega 3 fish oil supplements contain the highest concentration of long-chain essential fatty acids so if your brand says "pharmaceutical grade," all the better. You want those fatty acids to make up most, if not all, of your fish oil gels or liquid fish oil , so check those labels and make sure your supplements are giving you what you need!
EPA/DHA ratio of 40/20. This is the ideal ratio as recommended by Physicians for Optimal Heart and Brain Health. Again, check the bottle or website to find out if your supplements have this ratio.
U.S. Pharmacopea safety verification. Omega 3s don’t have an established RDA but this verification is reassuring as far as quality goes.
Pure fish oil. The best quality fish oil supplements contain fish oil that's been molecularly distilled to remove heavy metals and ultra-refined to take out other impurities like PCBs. Pure fish oil supplements shouldn't have unnecessary fillers or other harmful ingredients, like preservatives. (So keep your pure fish oil in the fridge!)
Freshness. You may not be able to completely avoid the fishy quality of pure fish oil supplements (after all it is fish oil!), but there are different levels of fishiness. It may make you burp at first but if it's really too fishy you might want to try another higher quality omega 3 fish oil brand. Also, keeping it in the fridge may help. You should also check the bottle for a date as most fish oil has a shelf life.
Easy access. A very important item on your checklist is that you want an omega 3 fish oil that you're going to take. So, be sure to select pure fish oil supplements that are easy to purchase (online is definitely a time saver) so that you actually WILL purchase them and have them in stock when you need them (which is daily). Also, fish oil supplements that are less expensive per mg of EPA/DHA are a plus if you're watching your pocket book and you may be encouraged to keep your supplements stocked at home if they're price-friendly.
Reliable brand. You don't want to be purchasing your omega 3 fish oil gels from any old fisherman on the dock. You want a reputable company that provides full content information on their fish oil product labels; that is knowledgeable, helpful, educational and friendly; and that aims to promote health and well-being for their clientele. Most reputable companies in this area offer a variety of all-natural nutrition products. Some will even back up their products with some type of money-back guarantee. (If you see one and the product meets the above requirements, be sure to take them up on it! You can't lose.)
Get Started Now With the Best Fish Oil
Now that you have a checklist for high quality fish oil supplements , you’re ready to do the footwork. In the mean time, you might want to get started with Energy First fish oil supplements or flax seeds or whatever form of omega 3s you have on hand so that you can reap the omega 3 benefits while you research. We do offer a 30-day money-back guarantee to put your mind and pocket book at ease (because we’re sure you’ll find our supplements to pass the test!), so get ready to go fishing now.