Fish burps, fish breath, with all this occurring why would you want to take a fish oil supplement? The major benefit to your overall health is the reason why.
Fish oil is found naturally in the skins of certain fish. Consuming at least two servings of oily fish, such as salmon, tuna, or sardines each week is enough for you to reap the many benefits. But for those of you who don’t like to eat fish, you can simply add a supplement to your daily routine to improve your overall health. Although the supplements have earned a bad name for causing unpleasant “fish burps”, you can find brands that do not cause these issues. Just be sure to check the bottle for “no fish burps” posted on the label.
Fish oils contain Omega-3 fatty acids DHA (decosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). These fatty acids have been known to produce several benefits to our bodies, including:
- Reducing the risk of heart attack and heart disease
- Treating depression
- Reducing inflammation
- Aiding in anti-aging of cells
- Aiding in development of brain, retina and nervous system in unborn babies
- Reducing risk of age-related macular degeneration
- Preventing Alzheimer’s disease
If you are choosing to use a supplement, there are a few important things you should know. Be sure to select a supplement containing Omega-3’s, not just “fish oil”. The benefits come from the Omega-3’s. Additionally, the amounts of DHA and EPA should be listed on the label. You want to choose a brand in which the DHA and EPA amounts, when added together, total the amount of oils in the product. For example, if the label advertises 1000mg of fish oil, the total DHA and EPA should equal 1000 mg. If they don’t add up, you can’t be sure what type of oil makes up the remainder of the capsule.
Choose a supplement that is fortified with antioxidants, particularly vitamin E. Antioxidants can prevent oxidation, which can prevent the oil from going rancid. If fish oil is rancid, it will have the opposite effect on your body than what you are expecting. Rather than preventing and protecting your heart, it can actually promote heart disease and other chronic illnesses. To test your supplement for rancidity, bite into a capsule and taste the oil. It should have a fresh, slightly fishy taste. If it has a very strong fishy taste, the oil is rancid and should be thrown out.
It’s always important to check with your doctor before taking any supplement to ensure that you are using the appropriate dosage. The FDA has not set a specific recommended dosage for fish oil, but recommends that the average healthy person should not take more than 3000mg per day.
Stop by The Healthy Grocer at 3800 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill, or visit them at www.healthygrocer.comfor numerous options in fish oils, from capsules to liquid form, and a variety of flavors including chocolate-orange, and lemon-lime.