Let's say that we had two different bottles (brands) of fish oils 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, heroes what you must know: At the very least, an average adult should be taking no less the 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 in omega-3 oil. Two 1,000 mg capsules may have very different levels of EPA. Some have as little as 70mg, and others have as much as 750 mg. The point? Oil...is not oil...isn not oil.
You have to know what to look for. I recommend only looking for these types of fish oils at high quality health food stores and perhaps the local whole foods or Vitamin Shoppe. To learn more about what we do at Specific Chiropractic, please visit us at socal-chiro.com and if you would like to schedule a complementary consultation please call us at 805-267-9511.
Dr. Jeremy Subadya
Chiropractor at Specific Chiropractic