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Are all fish oils created equally?

by Dr. Kristen Halland

· vitamins,Good and Bad Fats

Let’s say that we had two different bottles (brands) of fish oil sitting side-by-side.  Each bottle had 1,000 mg capsules.  Are the capsules the same?

The answer is NO.

Here’s why:  With regard to omega-3, there are HUGE differences with regard to sources, quality, and quantity.  The best source of omega-3 oil is from cold salt-water fish such as sardines, anchovies, and salmon.  Warm water and fresh water fish are not considered acceptable sources of omega-3.  Did we say that eating warm water and fresh water fish was bad?  No, we did not.  They just aren’t good sources of omega-3.

With regard to quality, a lot has to do with the extraction process of the oil from its source, as well as the elimination of PCBs, dioxins, furans, PAHs, mercury, and of course, other heavy metals.  You obviously want to remove the unwanted junk while still preserving the quality of the oil.

When it comes to the right amount, here is what you must know.  At the very least, an average adult should be taking no less than 1,000 EPA per day.  We did not say, “1,000 mg of omega-3 or fish oil per day.”  We specifically mentioned EPA.  EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) is the heart and soul of fish oil.  It, along with DHA (which is much more important for little ones and nursing moms), are what counts when it comes to omega-3 oil.  Two 1,000 mg capsules may have very different levels of EPA.  Some have as little as 70 mg and others have as much as 750 mg. 

The point?  Oil is not oil….is not oil.

You have to know what to look for.  In our practice, we carry only the finest quality omega-3 oil.  Is our omega-3 more expensive than what you’d find at a warehouse club, department store, or supplement store?  Absolutely. We will never apologize for carrying quality products.

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Dr. Kristen Halland is a chiropractor with specialty certifications in acupuncture and functional medicine nutrition. She has enjoyed serving the northwest suburbs of Chicago since 2010 from our Hoffman Estates, IL location alongside her Integrative Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, massage therapist, chiropractic colleague, and a great support team! Dr. Halland enjoys blogging about natural treatments, staying modern and accessible with virtual appointment access for her patients, and her podcast, The Nutrition & Lifestyle Review.