Fish Oil is a pretty large topic, we’re going to give you a fast and furious run down and provide some resources to some experts on the topic. Omega 3′s are all the rage these days and if you’ve ever asked yourself “If fish oil capsules are so essential, then how did Paleo man ever survive without enteric coated fish oil pills” (What you’ve never asked yourself that?) Omega 3′s are a fatty acid which benefits the brain, reduces inflammation, skin, hair, eyesight, pretty much anything and everything. Here’s the theory. Early human’s brain development outpaced that of other hominids (Neanderthals, Homo Erectus, etc) largely due to living near coastal areas and intaking a large amount of Omega 3′s from seafood and animal fats. Omega 3′s are largely present in seafood and grass-fed, free range beef. Omega 6′s are the evil twin which CAUSE deleterious effects to our health. Omega 6′s are much more prevalent in the factory farmed meats we eat and in processed foods. (All the more reason to eat organic, grass-fed meat! Factory farmed bacon is “Paleo” but not necessarily good for you) Ideally Omega 3 and 6 ratios should be close to 1:1 most Americans have closer to a 9:1 or 12:1 ratio of Omega 6′s to Omega 3′s. Way too high!
Now, since there have been few long term studies on fish oil supplementation and nutritional studies are very difficult to do with human populations due to the complexity of our bodies and the ethical implications of human research so experts tend to disagree on dosage, etc. and since we aren’t doctors we won’t give you dose recommendations, however Here are what the experts do agree on:
- Omega 3′s are AWESOME
- Omega 6′s are horrible
- Regardless of supplementation, focusing on reducing Omega 6′s will have significant positive health indications
- Natural foods are the best way to get Omega 3′s, supplements should be secondary. So eat more fish, like this tasty little guy
- Flax and other plant based Omega 3′s are not the right type. You need EPA and DHA which comes from animal sources
- EPA and DHA should be labeled on your fish oil, many companies use filler oil and very little EPA and DHA ie 1200mg tablet with only 300mg of EPA and 200mg of DHA has 700mg of filler.
Here are some helpful tips on Fish Oil
Put your fish oil in the freezer, if a few days later its cloudy, you have low quality fish oil
Some helpful links
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