Fish oil vs Omega 3 comprehension
There is no one these days that doesn’t take fish oil soft gels or in its liquid form. If you ask anyone, he or she would say, yes I take the recommended daily dose of Omega 3 which is 2-3 grams. Today, I hope we can point out the difference between fish oil and Omega 3, to clear the confusion about the 2-3 grams daily dose.
Fish Oil Contains Omega 3
Yes, fish oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids. I bet you are saying yes we already know that; but fish oil isn’t itself an Omega 3. The standard, more on that in a minute, fish oil soft gel contains 30% Omega 3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA). If your fish oil brand provides 1,000mg per fish oil soft gel ,then about 300mg of that are Omega 3 as EPA 180mg + DHA 120mg.
The recommended daily dose of Omega 3 should range from 1,200mg to 3,000mg. This means you need to take 4 standard fish oil soft gels, to get 1,200mg of Omega 3. Now if you take 2-3 grams of fish oil (600mg to 900mg Omega 3), it means you are not taking enough of Omega 3 to see any benefits.
Double Strength Fish Oil
The maximum safe dose of Omega 3 is 3 grams, this means you have to consume 10 grams of Fish Oil daily if you want take that dose. But you don’t have to because there are many companies that produce double strength fish oil soft gels. A double strength fish oil soft gel contains 500mg, 600mg or even 750mg of Omega 3 fatty acids. This means instead of taking 10 standard fish oil soft gels, you can take only 4-5 double strength gels.
Molecularly Distilled Fish Oil
The oceans are contaminated and full of heavy metals, fish and sea animals that live in deep waters build up those heavy metals in their flesh. When we extract the oil out we still have a percentage of the contamination and the heavy metals such as mercury. Companies have found away to purify the oil from those heavy metals, it’s called Molecularly Distillation. Without going into details, this process purifies the oil and concentrates its omega 3 too.
Always make sure your brand is manufactured by molecular distillation. But there is a down side; molecular distillation changes the characteristics of the oil. The Omega 3 fats are still useful, but we don’t really know what happens to it.
There is an even better choice. Look for a brand or a company that sells Norwegian fish oil. Norwegian fish oil comes from the Norway Sea which is the only non-contaminated sea in the world. For example, Carlson Fish Oil products are all Norwegian fish oil, and not Molecularly Distilled. It’s tested for heavy metals and other contaminations. Carlson provides standard fish oil soft gels and double strength too.
This is short post about Fish oil and Omega 3. Hope this help !