Fish oil has gained all-star supplement status in recent years as a source of omega-3 fatty acids. These friendly fats are important components of cell membranes in your body. They keep your organs functioning to help support your heart, brain, skin, and eye health.*1
Your body isn’t very good at making the omega-3s EPA and DHA, so it’s easier for you to get them from food.* Found in oily fish, seafood, and shellfish, you can get these much-needed fatty acids by eating seafood 2-3 times a week. But, real talk, not many of us consume fish that often.
Our diets today tend to be low in omega-3s, and higher in omega-6s.* We eat a lot of chicken and beef compared to fish, and consume vegetable oils, margarine, cereals, and grains on a daily basis. This results in an imbalance of fatty acids.* Taking an omega-3 fish oil supplement can help you restore that balance.*1
Omega-3s come in different forms, including triglycerides and ethyl esther. Omega-3s in ethyl esther form, like those found in highly processed fish oils, aren’t absorbed by our body very well.*1 To make sure your body is taking in all these uber-important omegas, choose a fish oil supplement in triglyceride form.* They’re much easier for us to process, and will be readily available when our body needs them.*
All oils go rancid, but fish oil is especially sensitive to rancidity, so you need to store it correctly. Make sure your bottle of fish oil is tightly sealed, stored at room temperature once opened, and kept away from heat. Fish oil is also sensitive to light, so it should be packaged in UV protected bottles and kept out of direct sunlight. Finally, a good fish oil supplement will include antioxidants such as mixed tocopherols, or vitamin E to help preserve it.
So, unless you’re making fish and seafood a part of your weekly meal planning, there’s a good chance that you’re missing out on some pretty important nutrition. Adding a top-notch fish oil supplement to your day is a quick and easy fix.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
1 National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements. Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fact Sheet for Health Professionals. Accessed 3/19/2019.