23 Jul Important tips about Omega 3 supplements
We now understand that omega-3s are necessary for … absolutely everything in our body! Generally, our diet contains too much omega 6 (inflammatory) and not enough omega 3 (reduces inflammation). It would take a fair amount of daily consumption of wild salmon, anchovies, mackerel and sardines to meet our needs. Unfortunately, this could cause toxicity problems because our oceans contain heavy metals. Therefore, in our modern world, a supplement becomes essential.
Please consider buying a good quality supplement. Here are several important points to consider when choosing your omega-3.
Take a supplement with only omega 3. We already have enough, usually too much, Omega 6.
Plant-based supplements (flax, hemp) are ineffective. Humans do not have the enzyme that converts the oil into a useful form. Supplements made from small wild fish or wild salmon are your best choice.
Choose a natural form rather than a concentrated form. The latter will be too acidic. Test this by emptying the oil into a styrofoam cup. Wait 5-60 minutes. Does the oil eat away at the cup? Imagine what it can do in your body!
Make sure the oil is not rancid. We do not eat fish that smells fishy because it means that it is not fresh. Break the capsule open to smell the oil. No smell or the naturally infused flavour, like lemon, would be normal. This precaution prevents the liver from needing to detoxify the product.
Make sure the EPA and DHA ratios are natural. For example, in 1000 mg of fish oil, there should be approximately 180 mg of EPA and 120 mg of DHA. This is how our body expects to receive these good fats.
The dosage is important. Modern humans require an intake of about 370 mg/day of EPA and 240 mg/day of DHA per 40 pounds (18 kg) of body weight. In other words, 1/2 a teaspoon of liquid or 2 capsules per 40 pounds (omega 3 not from concentrate). This equals 2 teaspoons of oil or 8 capsules for an average adult weighing up to 160 lbs (73 kg).
Consider your diet. If you eat wild salmon or small fish (omega 3), you can reduce your consumption of supplements that day. But if you eat omega 6 in the form of grains, vegetable oils, farmed fish and meat, restaurant food or processed foods, consider taking more omega 3.
Some brands that I recommend are Innate Choice (available at my office), Carlson’s and Ascenta.
Dr Judith cares that you consume the right oils in order to nourish the nervous system properly. The nervous system is made up of 80% fat. Transmission of your innate intelligence is optimized with quality levels of omega 3. Hormone balance, cardiovascular health and cell integrity also rely on this nutrient. Does a holistic approach to your health care interest you. A complimentary consultation is available to see if our approach is right for you.