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Why some fish oils are NOT good!
Posted on 5:07pm Friday 4th Nov 2011
We hear it all the time about how good fish is for us and why we should take fish oils. Companies are now using the fact their product contains Omega 3 in advertising campaigns. So why should we be taking it and will it really make a difference? The answer is quite simply NO! Yes research shows some fish oils can do the following:
Eliminate and help joint pain.
Improve the skin.
Promote weight- loss.
Reduces soreness from weight-training.
Reduces risk of heart disease.
The list just keeps going ................. so why did I answer 'No you shouldn't take fish oils'?
Simply because many of us will just go to the supermarket pick up any supplement containing fish oils and the likely hood is that it's been taken from polluted water. Not to mention containing fatty acids that can actually increase levels of cholesterol. The good news is that there are companies that only use the purest fish and create a supplement that uses the latest research to formulate a superior nutritional supplement, combining both vegetable and fish oils. This provides a safe and balanced supplement that can favourably support healthy blood cholesterol . When buying fish oils think 'has it been properly purified or is it dangerous'? Has the fish oil been molecularly distilled and free of heavy metals like mercury? The type of fish being used and where from. Is the water polluted? What's in it, it is clear? Like anything we buy quality is important. There are a lot of bad fish oil supplements out there, and the health benefits are significantly diminished if you do not use a purified, high quality fish oil supplement, so please keep that in mind when you’re looking for one.
A lot of people think 'cod liver oil' when they think of fish oils as it used to be quite good. However cod is a scavenger fish and eats scraps from the bottom of the polluted seas and quite often the supplements are taken from the liver which processes all these toxins. Also be aware that some health shops/companies coat their supplements in a chemical based coating which our bodies can't digest so easily so what’s in the supplement never gets into our bodies.
Luckily I've managed to find one. Introducing 'Arctic Sea' from Forever Living. Arctic-Sea is a rich source of the essential fatty acids, Omega-3 and Omega-9. Arctic-Sea provides a safe and balanced supplement that can favourably support healthy blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels, maintain proper joint function, and aid in the development and health of the eyes and brain. The Omega-3 in Arctic-Sea comes from deep, cold-water fish, such as salmon, anchovy, sardine, and mackerel. The fish oil is molecularly distilled and free of heavy metals like mercury. The Omega-9 comes from pure olive oil. Each capsule provides 225 mg of EPA and 150 mg each of DHA and Oleic Acid. To put that into perspective, two soft gel capsules have the EPA equivalent of one 4-ounce serving of salmon.
Recommendation for pregnant ladies and new mums: Fish oils are especially important for pregnant women and breast feeding mums - the baby's brain is made up of EHA and DHA and to develop properly it needs to ingest large quantities.