Tips on Picking out the Best Fish Oil Supplement

If you decide to start taking an omega 3 supplement, it is wise to find the best fish oil supplement you can. The version of omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil has been proven to be a good way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular illness, as opposed to the version found in flax oil. But there are many kinds of fish oil on the market. Which should you get? Specific brand name does not matter so much, but there are a few bits of information you can know that will help you pick out a good supplement.

First, try to stay away from fish liver oils. Cod liver oil is one of the more popular fish oil supplements and is indeed a good source of omega 3, but there are at least two potential problems with it. Liver oil contains vitamin A in addition to omega 3, and vitamin A can build up slowly in the bloodstream over time and lead to a wide range of toxic effects. In addition, the liver is the organ responsible for filtering out the bloodstream, and so organic pollutants can collect in it. A recent test in California found higher than ideal amounts of an environmental pollutant called PCB in many popular fish oil supplements, most of which were liver oils. So stick to regular fish oil instead of liver versions.

Another thing to look for is a high amount of omega 3 vs filler in the supplement. What you ultimately want is a high amount of an omega 3 fatty acid called DHA, as well as EPA. These are the two primary omega 3s in fish oil, and most cardiovascular studies have shown a benefit centering around both of them and especially DHA. A higher quality fish oil will have a higher proportion of DHA/EPA compared to filler.

To find out, first look at the total mgs of fish oil in the supplement. Then look on the back and see how many mgs of DHA/EPA it has. Add those together, and compare with the total amount on the front. If the DHA/EPA total is approaching 50% of the total amount of fish oil, then it is probably a higher quality supplement and worth buying.