Fish oils are one of the most important supplements that you can add to your daily diet regime. They provide
you with essential fatty acids that you are most likely not getting in your diet and are crucial for cellular health.
The important fatty acids they provide allow your cells to age properly and stay flexible, which promotes
cardiovascular, cellular, respiratory, and holistic health in general. The beneficial fatty acids that most people
think of when fish oil is mentioned are called omega 3 fatty acids. In this article we will look at some specifics as
they relate to how much fish oil you should take each day, and how to make sure the brand you are currently
taking, or decide to take, stack up on a price per dose basis.
First we will look at what ingredients Omega 3’s provide for your health benefits. EPA and DHA are the most
heavily studied Omega 3’s and are the reason every doctor, regardless of their discipline, can agree that fish oils
would benefit your overall health goals. These fatty acids help to make the barrier between your cells and the
outside world. The walls need to be flexible so your cells can fit into different areas easily, and they also need to
let nutrients in and waste products out. If the walls take nutrients in but do not let waste out you get a car running, visit this web-site.
in the garage effect, the waste products build up and the cell becomes toxic. If your blood cells become too rigid
from lack of Omega 3’s, they have a hard time getting through small areas, like the blood vessels in your lungs.
Red blood cell walls need to stay flexible in order to squeeze flat while traveling through your lungs, which
increases their surface area, allowing you to maintain the proper oxygenation levels in your blood; otherwise, you
become tired and have a hard time getting energy to your body. Rigid cells also contribute to a myriad of health
concerns including high cholesterol, heart disease, and atherosclerosis to name a few.
Now that you know which fats are important let’s do a little label reading. Most fish oils on the market are labeled
in a way that is misleading, for instance if you go to a local chain store and pick up a labeled 1200mg/ dose
bottle of fish oil and look on the back to check for the actual active ingredients of EPA/DHA you will most likely find.
It adds up to between 350-450mg. This is approximately 800mg less than you were led to believe you were
taking and results in you not getting enough of what you paid for. The analogy I use to describe this to patients is
as follows, you go to the liquor department and find a liter bottle of liquor how do you know how potent it is? You
look at the alcohol content. Think of EPA/DHA as the alcohol content and the bottle of fish oil as the liter of liquor.
You want as high an alcohol (EPA/DHA) content as possible to get the most bang for the buck. The minimum
EPA/DHA should add up to 2,000-3,000mg or 2-3grams. This is widely accepted as the minimum effective dose,
and this is where you can start to reap the health benefits with continued use.
What does it cost to plant the seeds of health in regards to fish oil? This is a variable that I would like to help you
lower while still getting the minimum effective dose. You must get 2-3grams/day, so to have a single dose that
adds up to this would be the easiest to practically maintain and would also be the easiest to analyze on a cost
per dose basis. There is no pill that I have seen that offers this solution, so we will first look at oils. The best oil I
have found and use myself is from Innate Choice™, and figures in @ approximately 2g of EPA/DHA per dose
and costs approx 45-50 dollars. This sounds expensive until you see there are 100 doses per bottle, which will
last over 3months! If you do the math the cost/dose is around 48 cents per dose, and you only have to take it one
time/day making it easier to maintain than multiple pill regimens. Compare this to anywhere from 6-18 pills from
a chain brand (depending on the potency of EPA/DHA) at $12 avg per bottle and you have a cost of 48 dollars per
month for the generic pills, or 1.50 per effective dose of 2-3grams EPA/DHA. To follow the liquor analogy, that
would be like paying 3 times as much for Boone’s Farm as you do for Crown Royal.™ The fact that you only have
to take one dose/day and that it costs approximately 3 times less makes the oil a smart choice.
In closing, you need Omega 3’s to stay healthy. You require 2-3g of EPA/DHA to get an effective dose of Omega
3’s per day. The easiest and most cost effective way to get enough is one dose of liquid fish oil that is
pharmaceutical grade. Follow these easy steps for increased health and a more productive, happy you.