If you’re not taking an Omega-3 supplement, you should be. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to nearly every aspect of health, including neurological, cardiovascular and certainly immunological.
Fatty fish like salmon are often the best dietary source of omega-3 for both EPA and DHA. For supplements, fish oil supplements can work well if you need to increase your omega-3 fatty acid intake.
But what do you need to know to distinguish good supplements from less than stellar ones? There are four things to keep in mind: freshness, form, purity and type. Let’s explore.
Fish oil capsules can go rancid and that naturally diminishes the product quality and health properties. Freshness is best determined by the way the product is originally sourced and packaged. My Opti Omega is sourced from waters off the Chilean coast, one of the world’s least industrialized coastline. From these cold, fresh waters, we are able to provide oil from the cleanest, most sustainable source of fish in the world. Part of our process is to purify and vacuum distill the fish oil for maximum freshness and shelf life stability. We have strict standards for purity, and our products are certified by third-party laboratories to ensure they are free of contaminants, toxins, and heavy metals.
Form and Type
You want a supplement that contains natural triglycerides, free fatty acids and phospholipids because they translate to maximize absorption by the body. Some supplements contain esters which are easier and cheaper to manufacture but are much less effective than the natural Opti ingredients found in whole food sources. There are three omegas that are important: DHA, EPA and ALA. DHA and EPA are naturally found in fish oil as active fatty acids. ALA is inactive but the body can convert it into DHA and EPA.
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