Choosing a High Quality Fish Oil

Choosing a High Quality Fish Oil

Posted 2 Jun '16

Fish oil is wildly popular with both health practitioners and patients around the world. There is no doubt that omega-3 has a wide array of benefits such as potent anti-inflammatory properties, reducing brain inflammation after trauma, improving memory and protecting against Alzheimer’s.

But before purchasing fish oil it is important to do your homework because not all fish oil is created equal. Many of the supplements sold in pharmacies or supermarkets are made from farmed fish and are more likely to be higher in heavy metal contaminant – particularly lead and mercury poisoning as well as environmental toxins like pesticides and fertilizers. There is an acceptable and allowable level of these substances set by the TGA in Australia. It is best to buy brands that are certified by MSF or the Environmental Defense Fund to ensure that the best sustainable practices are being used by the companies.

Freshness is also very important when purchasing fish oil. If it smells rancid, it is not a good product. Oxidized, rancid oils promote oxidative damage and increase inflammation. Be sure to check the “peroxide value” on the COA. This is a measure of rancidity reactions in the oil should be less than 5 meq/kg.

Also, research the type of fish oil that is easily absorbed. The more natural the fatty acids it contains, the higher the absorption rate and the best types to look for are natural triglyceride oil or ethyl ester oil.

Generally, you get what you pay for so it is usually worth it to invest in the higher priced supplements. The dosage can be lower because absorption is usually better. Lower toxin levels puts less strain on the liver, kidneys and other pathways involved with the management and removal of environmental contamination in the body. The third benefit of practitioner only fish oils is that the prescription will be more specific with different ratios of EPA to DHA essential fatty acids.

Practitioner only products are generally the best because they are of a higher, therapeutic dosage. Metagenics, Pure Innovation (Dr Vera), Orthoplex and Biomedica are recommended by me because of the results and quality of the oils.

If you would like immediate help with a supplement plan tailored to your individual needs, call Cura Integrative Medicine today to discuss your options +61-8-9284 4644 or make an appointment right now.


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