Important to Use Quality Fish Oil Supplements

Couldn’t have said it better myself:

ConsumerLab.com

Thank you, ConsumerLab.com

However, due to their better absorption, it may be fair to pay some premium for fish oil in the natural or re-esterified triglyceride forms. If you choose to use either of these two forms, look for products which list EPA and DHA and “triglycerides.” An example in this Review is Douglas Labs Quell Fish Oil, which lists that it is a “Supercritical CO2 triglyceride concentrate.” 

Be aware that some products wich “natural” in the name don’t seem to provide truly natural fish oil, but may start with natural fish oil which is then chemically treated…

Thanks to ConsumerLab.com for continuing to analyze and report on dietary supplements. We subscribe to this in order to get the latest information on quality supplements (while avoiding the shoddy ones!).

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Can Fish Oil Enhance Memory?

An interesting study was recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

A typical fish oil softgel

Can this help improve your memory?

In this study, 176 healthy adults were given DHA or a placebo over 6 months, and were subjected to various memory and reaction time tests.

Their basic conclusion was that High DHA fish oil improved both memory and reaction time. However, there were differences in how men responded to the fish oil versus women.

Specifically, women had a better improvement in memory, while men had a better improvement in reaction times.

The 6 month time period is interesting because, as the researchers point out, DHA requires about 6 months for it to reach a plateau levels in our tissues.

This is why you cannot take a fish oil supplement and expect sudden, magical results in a short period of time. Fish oil supplements should be taken daily for at least 6 months, if not longer, before deciding to continue or not.

We should note that the dose used in this study was 1,160 mg DHA per day. Using our product, you would need to take two of our capsules per day.

What isn’t clear is how pure the DHA was in the product the researchers used.

Regardless, what is clear is that if you already have a low-DHA diet (i.e., from a lack of fish in your diet), then a quality fish oil supplement can provide visible health benefits.

Fish oil, glucosamine, and chondroitin have anti-inflammatory potential

Once again, we see yet another clinical study published in a highly reputable journal suggesting that fish oil, glucosamine, and chondroitin are powerful, but safe anti-inflammatory supplements.

The results showed that with regular use of glucosamine, chondroitin, and fish oil supplements was associated with reductions in CRP of 17%, 22%, and 16%, respectively. 

What is really impressive about this particular study is its size. Nearly 10,000 adults were sampled in the study.

So, like we’ve said many times…if you are concerned about your heart health, or if you have chronic inflammation from arthritis or other inflammatory disease, please start taking these supplements.

But, stay away from the cheap stuff!

Only the highest quality fish oil and glucosamine supplements should be used.

 

 

Fish Oil Products: 30% may have problems

 

A review last week (subscription required) from ConsumerLab.com  found that up to 30% of fish oil supplements reviewed had various problems.

Some of the problems found included contamination, lack of product freshness, inaccurate labeling, and a lack of enteric coating when one claimed on the label:

 

Among the 35 products that ConsumerLab.com selected for review, only 24 passed quality testing, meeting requirements for freshness and purity, and containing their claimed amounts omega-3 fatty acids, and with any enteric coatings performing properly…

 

 

English: Fish oil plant. Operated by Equateq, ...

 

For legal reasons, we cannot post the brands that did not pass ConsumerLab.com testing. We will note that some of the brands that did not pass testing are very well-known brands. 

The key lesson, in our view, is that buying high-quality fish oil supplements at low cost is a difficult exercise. 

Interestingly, the report noted a few brands which have “Extremely High” concentrations of EPA/DHA, which are comparable to prescription fish oil products for heart disease. We also carry a brand which provides this benefit.

If you are interested in Fish Oil products, check out our informational page here.