I hope you haven't taken your fish oil supplement yet. If you did, don't worry, it's not going to kill you, but it might make you gain a little weight. You see, not all fish oil supplements are created equal, the inexpensive supplements are handled with less care. This should cause concern because certain fats (like the one's in your fish oil pill) don't get along with oxygen, heat and light. We have all seen this reaction take place before in avocados. When you cut an avocado in half and leave it out on the table for a couple hours it will eventually change color and go rancid. This is mostly due to oxygen, but it can also be the light and temperature. The avocado is mostly made up of unsaturated fat (just like your fish oil), so, when oxygen comes in contact with the unsaturated fat, it oxidizes it. Oxidation is referred to when the molecule loses an electron. When this occurs the molecule must restore its electron by stealing an electron from another molecule (1) . If this oxidative molecule is consumed (fish oil), it can cause damage to the cells and mitochondrial DNA in your body. When the DNA and cells are damaged, inflammation in the body increases and your body's metabolism is slowed down. Inflammation and a slowed metabolism can result in weight gain and even injury. Think of it like this, your inexpensive fish oils are like the avocado rotting away on the table, and, you wouldn't eat that avocado right?
So, are we supposed to stop taking fish oils, no!
Fish oils ( omega-3 fats) are very beneficial for the human body. They have been shown to help burn body fat, reduce anxiety and inflammation, and even improve cognitive function in the brain. (Part II will cover these benefits more in depth and will have links to all the studies) But, before we go reading about all the amazing benefits of fish oil, it is important that we are taking the right supplement. As I stated above, taking an oxidized fish oil can wreak havoc on the body, especially when you are taking high dosages. One of the easiest ways to tell if a fish oil has gone bad, is by the smell. If you open your fish oil supplement and it smells rancid, then most likely those supplements have become oxidized (Yes, you should throw those out, it doesn't matter if it is a whole new bottle). When a fat (fish oil) becomes oxidized it is doing more harm than good. Therefore, by throwing the fish oils out, you are saving yourself future costs for doctor visits. You can prevent this from occurring by making sure you are buying a respectable fish oil supplement and storing it the refrigerator.
Based off hours of my research, I believe that OmegaVia (shown below) is the best fish oil supplement on the market. It is inexpensive and effective. Also, each bottle contains 60 pills and each pill contains 780 mg of EPA and 260 mg of DHA. Now this is extremely important because in most of the studies done with fish oil the participants were taking very high dosages of EPA versus DHA. In certain studies participants took between 2-3 grams of EPA. So imagine using a fish oil supplement that only contained 200 mg (like this one) . You would have to take 10-15 pills a day! And I don't know many people who enjoy taking that many supplements nor have the time to do it. This is one of the main reasons why I recommend OmegaVia. Their high dosage servings allow you to get the recommended amount quickly and efficiently.
As I stated above, I will dive deeper into the studies in part two of this blog post. In part two I will go over the benefits of fish oil supplementation. But for now, all you need to know is that OmegaVia is the fish oil supplement you should be taking.
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