What is Fish Oil?
Fish oil is exactly what its name implies– oil from fish. It’s rich in two specific groups of omega-3 fatty acids known as:
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
Omega-3s are very important for overall health. Function and benefits include:
- Cardiovascular function
- Nervous system function and brain development
- Immune health
- Hormone regulation
- Joint support
- Reducing inflammation within the body = less aches & pains from sport
- Research shows that LOW DHA consumption (and blood levels) is associated with memory loss, difficulty concentrating, Alzheimer’s disease and other mood problems.
- Essential fats have an integral role in promoting cell health
- Cells require these good fats for repair and regeneration
- Can increase metabolism by increasing levels of enzymes that boost calorie-burning ability
What you should know: We can’t make omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in our bodies, so we need to get them from our food.
Omega-3 to omega-6 ratio: It’s easy for us to get omega-6 fatty acids. These are found in vegetable oils and factory-raised animals (which are fed a lot of corn and soy) will usually have a lot of omega-6 too. But it’s hard for people in Western countries to get omega-3 fats from our food. We eat more processed foods and less wild game and plants than our ancestors did. We rely heavily now on omega-6 vegetable oils.
Our ancestors had a fat intake ratio of about 1:1 omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Now, it’s closer to 1:20. The ratio matters more than the absolute amount consumed of either fat.
To work towards a more balanced ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, start by cutting out vegetable oils and switch to olive and avocado oils. Then take a look at the amount of processed foods you take in and slowly start to decrease that intake. Start to include more omega-3 rich foods into your day such as olive oil, walnuts, salmon, pasture-raised eggs, chia & flax seeds. Once you have started making these nutritional changes, add your fish oil supplement.
What should you look for in a fish oil: In a good fish oil you should look for a high ratio of EPA/DHA.. Some companies promote “2000mg of Omega 3” but a quick look at the bottle shows a low ratio of both EPA/DHA. The fish source should be from short-lived and wild caught fish like anchovies, sardines, and mackerel. Small fish are lower on the food chain and less likely to accumulate environmental toxins.
On Wednesday January 30th, will be sampling Paleoethics Aqua Omega Fish Oil during all classes that day. If you’ve never tried it before or are looking for a clean Fish Oil supplement, this is the one to try.
From Paleoethics website: “AquaOmega high potency fish oil is the finest, most concentrated triglyceride fish oil available on the global market. We use Omega-3 fatty acids sourced certifiably and exclusively from anchovies in the South Pacific. The strategic location of our processing plant, which is located directly within the fishing grounds, ensures that all fish are fresh and processed within a few hours of being caught. This, combined with our patented extraction and molecular distillation process, ensures that we deliver the freshest, cleanest, most concentrated, and purest-tasting oils.”