Why Fish Oil?
If you’re here you may already be taking fish oil or you may be new to fish oil all together so feel free to skip ahead if you’re an experienced fish oil aficionado. If you’re new to fish oil let’s start from the beginning. (Please note this is an excerpt from our full article The Who, What, When, Where & Why of Omega-3 Fish Oil.
Fish oil is a major source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered “essential” because your body doesn’t produce them on its own. In other words, you need to consume these particular fatty acids from food and/or nutritional supplements. The major providers of Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the human diet are fish. Unfortunately, eating large amounts of fish is a growing health concern due to noxious heavy metals and environmental toxins that tend to accumulate in marine ecosystems. So many people, myself included take a fish oil supplement regularly.
Omega 3’s can influence more than just heart health. They have significant support for Cardiovascular, Immune System Support, Musculoskeletal Support, Skin Health & Vitality and Cognitive health. Please read the full article linked above for more on each of these important areas.
How Much Do We Need?
This is something that’s specific to the individual and should be discussed with your nutritionist or doctor who knows you best and can take into account anything specific to you and your medical history. As a general rule The World Health Organization and Consumer Lab both recommend 500 mg combined EPA and DHA for a minimum daily dose. Research suggests that a combined intake of EPA and DHA between 1000-3000 mg per day (in a 3:2 ratio of EPA:DHA) is more effective to support health and longevity.10Please consult your healthcare practitioner to see what’s right for you.
Fish Oil Suggestions
You may just be looking for suggestions on some of the best fish oils out there so if that's you here they are. Based on all of the criteria mentioned in the The Who, What, When, Where & Why of Omega-3 Fish Oil article and popularity with our customers here are the top fish oil supplements. It might be easy to be overwhelmed by the choices. It’s important to talk to your doctor or nutritionist about what would be right for your personal situation and or medical history. With most adults we see many people order Omega Pure 720’s, ProOmega (either regular or ProOmega 2000 depending on dosing needs), OmegaGenics 500’s or 720’s. Remember the 500 Enteric Coated can be great for those wanting to minimize any fishy burps or other aftertaste.
Nutridyn Omega Pure
Nutridyn’s Pure Omega is my personal fish oil of choice. It comes in a wide variety of forms and Nutridyn has very stringent manufacturing and purity testing to ensure the EPA and DHA are at the levels the label says they are without harmful chemicals or toxins. The oil is stabilized with antioxidants and after a few days I did not experience any fishy taste.
|300 (270 Count)||EPA = 360mg | DHA = 240mg | Other = 100mg|
|500 (120 or 240)||EPA = 600mg | DHA = 400mg | Other = 100mg|
|600+ (120 Count)||EPA = 800mg | DHA = 400mg|
|720 (120 or 240)||EPA = 860mg | DHA = 580mg | Other = 160mg|
|1000 (120 Count)||EPA = 730mg | DHA = 270mg | Other = 100mg|
|2400 (Liquid – 150mL)||EPA = 1,410mg | DHA = 990mg | Other = 400mg|
Nordic Naturals Pro Omega
Nordic Naturals has been my personal go to for a long time. Nordic Naturals is a long standing name that continues to stand for high quality, purity tested and sustain-ably harvested fish oil. Our customers love the product. It comes in the following varieties
|ProOmega 60 | 120 | 180||EPA = 650mg | DHA = 450mg | Other = 180|
|ProOmega 2000 (60 or 120)||EPA = 1125mg | DHA = 875mg | Other = 150|
Metagenics OmegaGenics features a wide range of sizes and forms of Omega-3 Fish oil’s including both liquids and softgels. One unique thing about the OmegaGenics Fish Oil line is that they have an Enteric Coated option that helps to stop any fishy burps or aftertaste by ensuring the fish oil is digested further down in the intestinal tract via the protective enteric coating. Also nice is that a portion of all Metagenics Fish Oil sales go to support Vitamin Angels that provides nutrition around the world to those who would normally not be able to get it.
|300 (270 Count)||EPA = 240mg | DHA = 360mg | Other = 100|
|300 Algae (60 Count)||EPA = 180mg | DHA = 360mg | Other = 60|
|500 Enteric (120 or 240)||EPA = 600mg | DHA = 400mg|
|500 (120 or 240)||EPA = 600mg | DHA = 400mg|
|720 (60 or 120 or 240)||EPA = 860mg | DHA = 580mg | Other = 160|
|Alaskan CLO (6.67 FL Oz)||EPA = 425mg | 425 = 360mg | DPA = 45mg|
|1000 (60 or 120)||EPA = 710mg | DHA = 290mg | Other = 100|
|Mega 10 + Omega 7 Oil (60)||EPA = 330mg | DHA = 170mg | Other = 60|
|EPA 1200 (60 or 90)||EPA = 1200mg|
|2400 Liquid (5 FL Oz)||EPA = 1410mg | DHA = 990mg | Other =400|
|DHA 600 (90)||EPA = 60mg | DHA = 600mg | Other = 20|
|Metakids DHA (120)||EPA = 20mg | DHA = 100mg | Other = 280|
|Neuro 1000 (60)||EPA = 750mg | DHA = 250mg|