A Quick Guide to Omega-3 Fish Oil
Updated: May 15
Typically when someone makes a reference to fish oil, they are really talking about the Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil known as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Why take it? The EPA and DHA found in Omega-3 fish oils have an overwhelming number of benefits. For example: 1. Decreases inflammation (faster recovery, healthier arteries) 2. Reduce triglyceride levels (circulating fat in the blood isn’t in style) 3. Decrease blood pressure (no one wants a stroke) 4. Increase GOOD cholesterol (keep those arteries clean) 5. Fight depression (be happy) And those are just 5 reasons why Omega-3s are great. *Keep in mind that all of these statements are not applicable to everyone as every individual is different. These are conclusions based off of clinical research studies; however, before taking any supplement check with your physician, registered dietitian, and/or other qualified health professional. How to take it:
1. Keep capsules refrigerated/frozen as this may help prevent the burping effect some people experience. Taking with food may also help prevent the burps. 2. It is recommended to take 1 gram of fish oil daily, however, it may be of benefit to take AT LEAST 2 grams of EPA & DHA combined (i.e. If EPA is 600mg and DHA is 400mg per one capsule take 2 capsules as this will equal 2,000 mg of the sum of EPA and DHA)
The take home message: Omega-3 fish oils may prove beneficial in your well-being and heart health. Omega-3s should also be consumed in your diet. A few examples of foods which contain Omega-3s are salmon, mackerel, walnuts, and sardines to name a few. Be happy, be healthy my friends. You’re welcome!
Erik Bustillo is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Sports Nutritionist through the International Society of Sports Nutrition- ISSN, and a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association – NSCA. Erik has experience in clinical research studies and extensive knowledge in medical nutrition therapy. He is actively involved with top organizations in the fields of Exercise Science and Sports Nutrition, making him well equipped with both knowledge and practice of cutting edge research in these areas. His specialty being sports nutrition and supplementation, this makes him a diverse health professional that excels in performance science. Erik can be reached at ErikBustillo@gmail.com & Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.