In the last ten years the consumption of natural nutritional foods and supplements has skyrocketed. The most common of these supplements being bought is undoubtedly the fish oils, commonly labelled as Omega-3.
While the generous health benefits of Omega 3 marine oils have been well known for over thirty years, it is only recently that health providers have acknowledged the undisputable benefits for heart health, brain health, bone and joint health, skin health and immune support, unleashed by the adequate daily consumption of Omega 3.
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Because of this, food and supplement manufacturers have recognized the economic value of adding “Omega-3” to their product labels, and the aggressive promotion of this product has exploded world-wide, to the degree that almost every consumable product boasts an “Omega-3” content, even though in most cases, with such tiny amounts of it in the product, the health benefits are almost null.
Misled consumers may be strung along to believe that food, milk, yogurts and eggs “enriched” with Omega-3, will deliver the desired health benefits, as promised in the scientific writings.
Don’t be fooled by the media!
Most Omega-3 products currently on the market have nowhere near the sufficient levels of the “key ingredient” which is what directly benefits your health. So, to state is plainly, they are inadequate for optimal health.
The key ingredients to look for in Omega products are EPA & DHA. These are the fatty oils which protect the several vital organs upon which optimum health and longevity depends.
A natural example of this would be products such as hemp, walnuts, chia, pumpkin seed and flax. These do contain Omega-3 oils, but their conversion to the active EPA/DHA is so inefficient (about 3% to 10%) that very large quantities have to be consumed daily for brain and body health requirements.
Only EPA & DHA, in sufficient amounts, and of good quality, can provide the desired benefits, and this can only be achieved by eating oily fish, such as purified mackerel, herring, trout, salmon, and sardines, or alternatively, consuming on a daily basis quality EPA/DHA supplements, with a proven track record for purification and potency.
There are loads and loads of inferior products on the shelves of nearly every supermarket and pharmacy. These products have such low levels of EPA / DHA that you would have to take a handful of capsules to reach the desired daily levels of between 500 mg and 2000 mg of EPA , depending on individual requirements. Examples of high quality products with high concentrations of EPA & DHA are MorEPA Smart Fats and MorEPA Platinum.
For best health benefits choose carefully, and select your product which can demonstrate a track record of purity, potency, and profitability. Spending money on low-dosage products, or ones of inferior quality, is a waste.
Supplements which contain Omega-6 and Omega-9 are unlikely to add any additional benefits, considering that we consume more omega-6 in our diets than is required, and, by so doing, run the risk of ingesting excessive oils that promote inflammation, and worsen the conditions we may be trying to alleviate!
An excess of Omega-6 may promote inflammation in your heart, joints, brain and elsewhere, while your Omega-3, in the form of EPA, such as MorEPA Smart Fats or MorEPA Platinum, will reduce such inflammation, and restore healthy organ function.
I have taken EPA/DHA as a health supplement for almost 20 years and can testify to its unique health giving, protective, and rejuvenating properties, and routinely prescribe this product for all my patients, young and old.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to submit them below.
by Dr Neville Wilson who has been in the Medical field for over forty years.
He runs his own blog here.
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