There seems to be millions of omega-3 supplements out there. Grazing through the supplement aisles can often leave you in a headache wondering which fish oil is best for you. Thankfully, we’ve put together this guide to help you sort through which product is best for you and how you can choose the greatest quality supplement available!
Purity at its finest
Think all omega-3’s come from the same source? Think again. Omega 3’s can be found in processed fish, reformed triglycerides, natural fish or fish oils. It’s probably not surprising that staying away from processed fish is the way to go. This is because processed fish oils are made up of ethyl esters. Compared to natural fish oils, whole fish or reformed triglycerides, these components are not as easily absorbed in the body, therefore not resulting in the same anti-inflammatory health benefits your body needs for the ultimate recovery!
Can someone PLEASE explain EPA vs. DHA?
Omega-3’s are made up of three types of fatty acids, Eicosapentaenoic Acids, Docosapentaenoic acid and Alpha-Linolenic Acids. We like to call them EPA, DHA, and ALA to keep us from getting tongue-tied. EPA and DHA both come from animal sources whereas ALA is found in plants. ALA is a precursor to EPA and DHA, therefore it cannot be absorbed by the body alone in this form and must be transferred into one of the other forms. The American Heart Association recommends taking in EPA and DHA to prevent cardiovascular events as ALA has not been proven to reduce heart disease.
How much fish oil should you take, really?
Most brands trick you into having to take several supplements to reach the intake stated on the package. Break out your spy glass and look at the serving size to make sure you don’t need to take 10 pills, wasting piles of money in the process, just to get the recommended dosage stated by the FDA, recommending 3000mg as of 2017. For many brands, 3000mg is about 3-4 pills. Coromega MAX squeezes are 2400mg per serving!
So fresh and so clean
Usually checking the sell by date is the way to go for assessing quality of pills. Unfortunately, a study by Benjamin B. Albert et al. showed no association between sell by dates and the rancidity of supplements. This is because supplements can expire when put in hot environments and are best in cold, dark spaces instead. Therefore, Coromega’s supplements are in multi-layered packages, and nitrogen flushed to prevent spoiling or oxidation. Want a fun way to test supplement freshness? Just smell and bite into the product to determine it yourself! Has your mother ever told you to stay away from fishy smelled grocery stores? This is because when fish spoils it releases a strong, fishy scent. Omega-3’s can often be tested the same way, so if it reeks or tastes questionable, odds are it is old. Look for a supplement with no smell and a fresh taste to know you’re product is up to date.