Fish oil and omega 3 fatty acids
In the last decade fish oil and omega 3 supplements have been all the rage with many cardiologists, dietitians and nutritionists recommending them for their health properties. Most of the claims deal with omega 3 fatty acids being very scarce in modern Western diets and thus providing benefits such as lowering inflammation, lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol and raising good (HDL) cholesterol and improving cognition and heart health? What is the basis of these claims and are they accurate? Is fish oil the best source of omega 3 fatty acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)?
Is it good to eat fish oil?
Although cold water sourced fish oil does indeed contain high omega 3 acid content, there are several issues with consuming it. One is that it often is contaminated with environmental toxins such as PCBs, dioxin and even traces of heavy metals like mercury. The other is that it is not ecologically sustainable for everyone to consume fish oil, when overfishing is already one of the greatest threats to marine biodiversity and the health of the oceans.
One may come to the question of, is the fish creating the Omega 3s and the answer to that is no. These are present in algae and many companies have formulated vegan Omega 3 supplements which are definitely a more ecological and as effective as fish oil.
What is missing from this?
One important factor missing is the ratio of omega 6:3 as well as Vitamin D3. We know that the best and most nutritious oil for having the perfect ratio for human health is Finola hempseed oil. When supplemented with Vitamin D3 it has a symbiotic effect on the endocannabinoid system, lowers inflammation and promotes overall health.
With hempseed oil such as GoodFats Omega D3 oil you get the full package. All the fatty acids that your body needs, vitamin D and a greener alternative to fish oil has a lesser environmental impact and is thus a healthy and ecological alternative.
With such a complete oil the absorption of the fatty acids will also be superior and you will feel the difference within a few weeks of taking the oils on a daily basis. Maximize your health now, with good fats!