Thanks to the omnipresent media, because of which the health benefits of fish oil supplements are no more a hush-hush thing, most of us know their unparalleled benefits for various body organs like heart, brain, the retina of the eye, nervous system, digestive system, immune system, etc. However, this has raised a new problem; read on to find out.
To match with the increasing demand of these nutritional supplements; there are millions of manufacturers launching their product (of high as well as low quality) daily. This increases the inquisitiveness of the quality of oil in the end customer’s mind. Questions like – is my oil of high quality, will I get all the health benefits of fish oil, etc. pop up very easily.
To lay your hands on the high-quality supplement and to reap the maximum health benefits of fish oil, below are three tips that you can use to gauge the quality of your oil.
1. Amount of DHA present in it
Studies have proven that DHA fat is the most vital for the body’s proper growth, development, and functioning. Therefore, higher is the amount of DHA present in the fish supplements, better it is. Experts recommend that an effective supplement should have at least 250mg of DHA per 1000mg of oil. In addition, they advise for oil with DHA to EPA ratio as 2:1.
2. Purity of oil
Because of increasing pollution in oceans, fish caught are also full of toxins like mercury, lead, etc. This means that these harmful chemicals could be present in the supplement if proper refining methodology were not used during the oil extraction (from tainted fish) process.
The supplements that undergo the molecular distillation process are the purest. Since, this quite expensive, many manufacturers opt to skip the same.
To check purity, you can look at COA (Certificate of Analysis) published by the manufacturer. This document clearly describes the number of toxins present in the oil.
3. Freshness of oil
Freshness is governed by the level of oxidation of the oil. Higher the oxidation, lower is the freshness. Consumption of rancid oil results in fishy burps, long-lasting metallic after taste and increased free radical activity in the body.
To check the freshness of the oil, look for TOTOX (total oxidation) value in COA. Rancidity increases with the TOTOX value.
So there you have it, three tips to reap the maximum benefits of fish oil. Your goal now should be to put these tips to test and procure the best and effective fish supplements for you and your family.
Trust me, in this world of cutthroat competition, where there is no scope for any error, one cannot choose to ignore the immense benefits of fish oil.