Omega 3’s why you need them, and how to take them

There are two types of omega 3 that have significant health benefits Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA,) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). EPA and DHA are found in oily fish like Salmon, mackerel and sardines. EPA and DHA are not to be confused with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is a plant-based omega 3, the fish forms are more biologically potent. (2)

Fish oil supplementation has become commonplace for a lot of the population, the fish oil market is predicted to rise to 1.7 billion in 2018. (1) That’s a lot of fish! And it turns out people are spending their money on it for good reason.

Fish oil provides a variety of benefits when supplemented, particularly when the ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the body is almost equal (1:1). The average diet, which is high in red meat, eggs, cooking oils and so forth, are high in omega-6 fatty acids, which is why fish oil is recommended to balance the ratio.

A ratio of roughly 1:1 is associated with healthier blood vessels, a lower lipid count and a reduced risk for plaque buildup. Fish oil can also decrease the risk of diabetes and several forms of cancer, including breast cancer. (2)

There have been a number of clinical trials done on the benefits of dietary supplementation with fish oils in several inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis and migraine headaches. Many of the trials of fish oil in chronic inflammatory diseases reveal significant benefit. (3). Clinical trials are not limited to physical, but also mental, other studies have shown to increase cognitive function in aging humans, help children with ADHD and decrease violence in prisoners!

The recommended daily dose of EPA and DHA is 2-3 grams daily; this is the average dose for healthy people. If you have symptoms or a deficiency the dose will vary. It’s also recommended if you buy capsule form break one and smell the oil inside as some can go rancid if left in the heat. We have PurePhmarma O3 at the box for good reason, they are approved by Friends of the Sea, which means they follow fishing practices that conserve the environment. The fish oil is processed and distilled on site ensuring you get a fish oil that exceeds health and safety standards.

Don’t hesitate to approach me with any questions regarding dosages etc.

Coach Cyrus