Omega 3 Plus – Quadruple Strength Fish Oil With Vitamin D3

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Omega-3 Plus is a unique fish oil blend specifically designed for immune-support. Each capsule contains 1680mg of Omega-3 -Triglyceride sourced from 100% fresh, wild caught non-GMO Alaskan fish (cleanest ocean caught fish in the world). Omega-3 Plus is 100% free of mercury, heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs & toxins. Omega-3 Plus also:
  • Contains 670mg EPA & 340mg DHA. The perfect ratio of EPA & DHA to help your body absorb Omega-3
  • Has no fishy aftertaste. Burpless. Contains natural citrus flavor from 100% organic lemon oil
  • Supports heart health, brain health, healthy joints, better mood & mental state, and healthier skin & hair.*
  • Soy-free
  • Distilled at low temperatures to preserve oil integrity
  • Easy to swallow. No stomach upset
  • Contains Vitamin D3 & Astaxanthin for maximum immune-support*

Omega-3 Plus is a unique proprietary Omega-3 formula researched and developed by Eric Bakker N.D. Unlike most other Omega-3 formulations, Omega-3 Plus was designed with a strong immune-supportive back end.

Where Does the Fish Oil Come From?

Each capsule contains fish oil from 100% fresh, wild caught Alaskan Pollock (a relative of cod). This is one of the cleanest fish in the world in terms of pollution. Omega-3 Plus contains zero farm raised fish and no GMO salmon oil. Once caught, the Alaskan Pollack is kept on ice for a maximum of 24 hours before the fish is oil is cold pressed to separate the fat-free solids and and the liquid (oil & water).

The liquid (oil & water) is then filtered to separate the oil & water. The water and fat-free solids are then processed into fish meal to be used in animal feed & other products. Nothing is wasted.

Once extracted, the fish oil goes through a low temperature, low oxidation distillation process where any mercury, heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs and other pollutants are removed from the oil.

It is then filtered again to separate the EPA & DHA and then recombined so that each capsule ends up with the perfect ratio of EPA & DHA for maximum absorption of Omega-3.

After that it is mixed with antioxidants, Vitamin D3, Astaxanthin, fish gelatin and the other ingredients & turned into gel capsules.

What is Astaxanthin?

Astaxanthin is carotenoid (a type of antioxidant). It's the natural substance responsible for giving lobster and salmon its reddish pink color and flamingo feathers their pink hue. Research studies have shown taking Astaxanthin can have many health benefits similar to taking Omega-3. These include better eye, heart, and brain health. It may also reduce the growth of H. pylori bacteria (the cause of peptic ulcers).

The Astaxanthin in Omega-3 Plus is distilled from Red Algae and not salmon.

Research shows Omega-3 fatty acids can:
  • Help fight depression & anxiety
  • Support brain health & help protect against Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Improve bone and joint health and help you get better sleep
  • Support eye health and vision
  • Help with autoimmune disease
  • Reduce symptoms of ADHD & asthma in children
  • Lower inflammation
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Help with candida

Omega-3 Plus meets and exceeds all government and international standards for purity and safety.

The FDA has approved the qualified health claim that "supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acid may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease."

Dosage: Take 2 capsules a day. Preferably with meals.

Allergy Information: Contains fish

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OMEGA 3 Plus is a powerful omega 3 featuring premium wild-caught essential fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are composed primarily of two ingredients, the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. In comparison to many Omega 3 supplements, OMEGA Plus contains very high levels of EPA and DHA, in addition to added vitamin D3 (2,000iu per serve) and astaxanthin (250mcg per serve). EPA and DHA are the omega 3 fatty acids your body needs in balanced quantities to achieve the full benefits they offer. Wild Alaskan Pollock Oil provides a near perfect 2:1 EPA to DHA ratio.

Omega-3 fatty acids are very important for normal health and have many and varied health benefits for your body, and in particular your immune system, joints, brain, eyes, and skin. Omega 3 is one of the very few natural ingredients that have been so well studied the past twenty years. Supported by ample scientific research, you will find literally thousands of research papers online confirming the health benefits of Omega 3.

OMEGA 3 Plus has the following Omega 3 profile (per serving size of 2 capsules):

  • Omega 3 Triglyceride 400/2001680 mg
  • Total Omega 3s1180 mg
  • EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)670 mg
  • DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid)340 mg

EPA - (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)

EPA is a 20-carbon fatty acid found in high amounts in oily fish. Your body is able to absorb and utilise this molecule in its original form. Your body uses EPA to produce “signalling” molecules called eicosanoids (precursors to series 1 and 3 prostaglandins). Prostaglandins play numerous physiological roles and in particular have been linked with increasing, decreasing or balancing inflammation in the body. Research has shown that EPA helps to balance pro and anti-inflammatory proteins in the body.

DHA – (Docosahexaenoic Acid)

DHA is a long-chain fatty acid (22-carbon molecule) and found in high amounts in oily fish. Your body can convert DHA back to EPA in order to keep them at fairly balanced levels. DHA is essential in particular for proper neuronal (nervous system) and retinal (eye) function. DHA is found in high amounts in the brain, the retina, mother's milk, and crosses the blood-brain barrier readily, protecting cell membranes from toxin induced oxidative damage.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Health Benefits Supported by Science.

The following health benefits regarding Omega 3 come from well researched and peer-reviewed scientific studies mainly from the past twenty years. Here are a few of the many key benefits of adding Omega 3 to your diet:

  1. Mood disorders. Omega 3 can help those with anxiety and depression. Several studies have found that those with mood disorders who regularly take omega 3 supplements tend to have improved symptoms of anxiety and depression than those who don’t. 1, 2. The Omega 3 fatty acid EPA has been shown in a study (published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry) to be just as effective as one of the most commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs.3
  2. Ocular (eye) health. The essential fatty acid DHA is one your eye’s major structural components.4 Having sufficient in your diet is essential for maintaining optimal eye health; deficiencies of Omega 3 have been linked to various eye diseases as well as cognitive dysfunction.5 Macular degeneration is one of the world’s leading causes of blindness, deficiencies of DHA have been linked with this eye disease.6
  3. Heart health. Omega 3 essential fatty acids can help improve risk factors for heart disease. Scientists have found that indigenous cultures from around the world (in countries such as Alaska, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, etc.) who have diets high in fish tend to have lower rates of heart disease. Omega 3 essential fatty acids were found to be the nutrient conferring the heart health benefits. 7, 8 Omega 3 can help to lower blood pressure9, reduce blood clotting10, reduce triglycerides11, prevent arterial plaque formation12, increase HDL (“good” cholesterol)13, and reduce inflammation14
  4. Musculoskeletal health. Omega 3 essential fatty acids can help to positively support joint and bone health. Omega 3 supplementation by those with arthritis has been linked to reductions in pain and improvements in both muscle strength and grip.15 Omega 3 supplementation has also been linked with improving bone strength due to its ability to increase calcium uptake, leading to a reduced incidence of osteoporosis.16
  5. Sleep quality. Poor levels of the essential fatty acid DHA have been linked with the poor production of the sleep hormone melatonin.17 There are many studies that have shown a link between omega 3 essential fatty acids and the sleep quality as well as the duration of sleep.18
  6. Reduce inflammation. Inflammation is a normal and appropriate response of your body’s immune system to infections and injuries. However, when inflammation becomes an ongoing and chronic problem, even low-grade inflammation can become one of the drivers of most all chronic disease including heart disease19, and other health issues 20.
  7. Cognitive function. Omega 3 essential fatty acids are very important for the brain development of infants and young children in particular. Numerous well-researched papers have documented the benefits of omega 3 supplementation to infants, children and young adolescents, including higher intelligence, fewer behavioural issues, reduced risk of ADHD, better communication and social skills as well as a reduction in developmental delay.21, 22
  8. Autoimmune disease. Autoimmune disease is a disease of your immune system when healthy cells are mistaken for foreign cells and attacked. Studies have found that getting ample omega 3 fatty acids early in life (especially the first few years) has been linked to a reduction in autoimmune disease, including Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis.23 Omega 3 supplementation has also been linked to improving the symptoms of those with existing autoimmune conditions such as ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease as well as rheumatoid arthritis, a painful condition.24, 25

Health experts today agree that Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for optimal health. It is always best if you can obtain your Omega 3 from eating fresh fatty fish at least two to three times weekly, but this is not always possible or desirable for many. If you don’t have a diet for example high in fatty fish such as mackerel, tuna, sardines, herring, and anchovies, then supplementing your diet with an Omega 3 supplement such as OMEGA 3 Plus is a cost-effective and powerful way to improve your health.

OMEGA 3 Plus Suggested Use:

  • Adults take two capsules daily with a meal.
  • 2 soft gels = 1,180 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids.

Vitamin D3

Each dose of OMEGA 3 Plus contains 50 mcg (2,000 iu) of vitamin D3. Vitamin D is fat-soluble, meaning it needs a fat source to be absorbed properly. Combining Vitamin D with the omega-3 fatty acids found in OMEGA 3 Plus can help facilitate adequate vitamin D3 absorption into the body.

Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine” vitamin, an essential vitamin that plays several critical roles in the proper functioning of the body. Vitamin D is thought to play a role in cardiovascular disease by affecting inflammatory mediators.

Immune health. Vitamin D is especially important for the wellbeing of the immune system. A study conducted in 2020 revealed that those who were hospitalized with Covid-19 who had sufficient levels of vitamin D were the patients who suffered less from adverse outcomes and even death.26 Many people don’t get sufficient sunlight or dietary sources of vitamin D and may be at an increased risk of disease. Research has shown that having healthy vitamin D levels can assist in keeping your immune system in good shape, protecting against coughs, colds and respiratory illness.

Astaxanthin

Each dose of OMEGA 3 Plus contains 250mcg of Astaxanthin (pronounced "asta-zan-thin"). Astaxathin is a naturally occurring carotenoid found in particular in algae, but also in salmon and in crustaceans such as shrimp, lobster, and crab it is responsible for the pink or red coloration of crustaceans and salmon meat. Carotenoids are yellow, orange, and red organic pigments that are produced by plants and algae, as well as certain kinds of bacteria, and even fungi. For example, beta-carotene is found in high amounts in carrots and is responsible for their orange colour. Astaxanthin is red in colour and has been called the “king” of carotenoids; it is a powerful antioxidant with broad health implications.

  • Anti-inflammatory. Research has found that astaxanthin has anti-inflammatory and even pain-relieving properties. Astaxanthin has the ability to reduce inflammation, one of the key drivers of chronic disease. This carotenoid even has the ability to block the same enzyme (COX-2) that the popular drug Celebrex blocks, a drug commonly prescribed for acute pain, osteoarthritis, period pain, as well as auto-immune disease inflammation such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, etc.27
  • Powerful antioxidant. Studies have discovered that astaxanthin has powerful free-radical quenching ability. A study published in 2016 suggested that, beyond its colouring properties, astaxanthin exhibits important free radical scavenging, oxygen quenching, and antioxidant activities.29 Astaxanthin shares both hydrophilic (water-loving) and lipophilic (fat-loving) properties, giving it the ability to protect both the water as well as the fat components of the body’s cells. Antioxidants are active either in water (like vitamin C) or fat (like vitamins A and E), but never generally both.
  • Improved recovery. Astaxanthin can help improve the recovery of muscles after exercise.28 Some scientists believe that astaxanthin can help athletes recover just like it helps the salmon during the salmon run, a time when salmon have migrated from the ocean and swim to upper reaches who often have to swim strongly for long distances upstream, finally spawning on gravel beds. Salmon are known to climb waterfalls in their quest to swim upstream.29 Salmon’s pink coloration is due to its astaxanthin content, a carotenoid that can assist in the recovery of muscles, improve endurance and strength as well as energy levels.
  • Supports skin and eye health. Astaxanthin has been shown through studies to help protect the body’s largest organ, the skin. Improved skin health parameters include increased skin smoothness, improved skin moisture levels, improved skin elasticity and protection from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.30 Research has found that Astaxanthin has the ability to reach your eye’s retina. Well-designed clinical trials have shown that astaxanthin can help those with eye strain, improve the ability to see close-up in more fine detail in addition to supporting eye diseases such as macular degeneration, and even diabetic retinopathy.31

References:

Why create another Omega 3 product, when there are so many fish oil supplements already? You will find Omega-3 supplements almost anywhere dietary supplements are sold, in your local health food store, grocery stores, the Internet, and in your local pharmacy.

Naturopath Eric Bakker’s aim was pure and simple. To create a powerful Omega 3 formulation with a high level of biological activity caught from a sustainable source using the latest solvent-free technologies for omega-3 extraction. OMEGA 3 Plus contains one of the world’s purest forms of Omega 3’s, fresh C Oil, sourced from one of the world’s most sustainable fisheries.

All of our NZ Formulations products, including OMEGA 3 Plus, are non-GMO, dairy and gluten free, we don’t use artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. All of our raw materials are (including our fish oils) are sustainably sourced, because we care about the environment and believe you do too. Our products are unique formulations you won’t find elsewhere. They have all been thoroughly tested, from the raw ingredients through to manufacture to surpass the strictest international measures of quality and safety.

Important features of NZ Formulations OMEGA 3 Plus are:


  • Of single origin species (Wild Alaskan Pollock).
  • Our fish oil originates from a pure and pristine location, the Bering Sea.1
  • The fishery is sustainably managed and approved by the MSC.
  • It been fortified with extra vitamin D3.
  • It has it been fortified with carotenoids.
OMEGA 3 Plus is in triglyceride form, proven to be the best form for absorption

One of the most important feautures of our OMEGA 3 Plus is that it is delivered in a triglyceride molecular form, the form of Omega 3 naturally found in fish. If you spend a little time yourself and check the research, you will soon that several important studies indicate that the triglyceride form of Omega 3 is better absorbed than the ethyl ester (EE) form of Omega 3.2

Most fish oil supplements come from exploited fisheries

Have you ever considered what species of fish are used to make your omega 3 fish oil supplement? How and where were the fish were caught? How and where was the oil processed?

Many people are surprised to hear that most all Omega 3 fish oil supplements for sale in the USA are made from the Peruvian anchovy, caught in South America. When the fish species is not clearly named, the Omega 3 will most likely will be sourced from anchovy oil.

The Peruvian anchovy fishery has been called “the most exploited fish in world history” by the FAO (The Food and Agricultural Organization of The United Nations). GOED 3 (Global Organization for EPA, DHA) estimates that more than 80 percent of all Omega 3 fish oil dietary supplements (including those sold in the USA) are made from Peruvian anchovy, an exploited South American fishery. Anchovy fish oil is used in nearly every major brand of Omega 3 fish oil supplement sold, in health food stores, pharmacies, whole-foods market places, specialty supplement companies, the internet, and all the big retailers including Amazon, IHerb, Wal-Mart and Costco.

Anchovy Oil Example from the Internet

Why Wild Alaskan Pollock oil?

Alaska Pollock is considered to be the most well managed large-scale fishery in the world1, and the largest commercial fishery in the United States. Living in icy cold and pristine waters of the Bering Sea, wild Alaskan pollock are a premium and sustainable natural source of high-grade and clean protein as well as Omega 3 fatty acids. Wild Alaska pollock is regarded as one of the healthiest natural sources of fish protein in the world, and in the low-risk category for environmental toxins, such as mercury and pesticides. Wild Alaskan Pollock stocks are not overfished and spawning biomass and 2018 targets are above the level for all three stocks.3 This makes Wild Alaskan Pollock fish oil the best choice for a sustainable Omega 3 supplement.

The key reasons Wild Alaskan Pollock Oil was chosen for OMEGA 3 Plus:


  • The fish live in pristine icy cold waters, very low-risk for pollutants.
  • Fisheries have a proven record of good fisheries management.
  • Certified Sustainable by the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council). 1
  • Wild caught fish harvested and processed entirely in the United States.
  • Wild-Alaskan Pollock Oil falls in the Omega-3/6 ratio of 13 to 14, one of the highest ratios in any fish oil, a typical Omega-3/6 ratio range as low as 3 to 4.
  • Wild-Alaskan Pollock Oil is produced from human food processing plants.
  • The entire fish is used; nothing is wasted.

References


  1. https://www.msc.org/home/meet-the-wild-ones/alaska-pollock
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7230359/
  3. https://goedomega3.com/
Omega 3 supplements are sometimes found in the refrigerated section of stores. How does it arrive mailed does it require a cooling pack?

There is no need to ship Omega 3 supplements with a cooling pack; they most always arrive to your destination in satisfactory condition. They are occasionally seen in the refrigerated section of your health-food shop because refrigeration of most high-quality oils improves their shelf life, maintaining both their quality and freshness.

A few points to bear in mind are that fish oil is normally sold in two forms: as a liquid or in capsules. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can break down due to air, heat and light. Personally I prefer capsules because they work as a protective shield from the oxygen in the air and therefore prolong the shelf-life of the product. They are easier to take and dose and a lot more convenient.Liquid fish oil does go rancid faster after opening because it lacks this barrier and large amounts of its surface volume become directly exposed to the air and the oxygen in it. Capsules are best, especially good quality capsules when stored properly.

At home, your fish oil capsules are best if they are refrigerated in their original container after opening to maintain their freshness and quality. Most fish oil capsules can be stored for up to 3 to 4 months once opened (depending on how well you keep them) from the date that you opened the container. Don’t leave the container opened for prolonged periods of time and screw the cap on tightly before storing.

For our Omega 3 Plus we use highest-quality gelatine capsules by one of the world’s leading capsule industry leader for a better user experience and protection for our fish oil.

Is Omega 3 Plus Dairy Free?

Yes, it is one hundred percent dairy-free. For those who don’t like fish or fish oil supplements, scientists have found ways of fortifying cow’s milk with omega 3 yet without any aroma of fish oil. Grass fed cows have shown to produce milk that is more than 60 percent higher n omega 3 than grain fed cows.

What Does Omega 3 Plus Taste Like?

Some folks like me may well remember Grandma's cod liver oil, it was terrible! All too many people still believe fish oil ought to taste bad. The truth is that omega-3 supplements shouldn't taste like yesteryear's fish oil supplements. And if your fish oil does, it may well be rancid! You won’t really taste Omega 3 Plus, but if you were to chew the capsules you will be pleasantly surprised to find a very mild taste.

How Long Does A Bottle Of Omega 3 Plus Last If Taken As Directed?

One container of Omega 3 Plus when taken at the correct dosage (for an adult take 2 soft gels per day) will last for one month.

Is There Any Aftertaste when taking Omega 3 Plus?

There should be no aftertaste or fish burps when taking this product. Try experimenting taking the Omega 3 at the beginning, during or at the end of the meal if you experience any digestive discomfort.

Does Omega 3 Plus Contain Any Alcohol?

No,there is no alcohol contained in this product.

Is It Safe To Give Omega 3 Plus To My Dog?

It is likely not a very good idea; Omega 3 Plus was not designed for pets but for humans!

Do I Have To Take Omega 3 Plus With Or Away From Meals?

I’ve always found that fish oil supplement should be taken should be taken with food. Regardless when you take your fish oil supplement, it's important to take it alongside a meal to maximize its absorption in the body. In particular, taking fish oil with a good source of fat (or a fatty meal) can increase the bioavailability of omega-3 fatty acids and enhance their effectiveness. But in saying all this, I’ve certainly noticed that there is a minority of people who feel better when they take fish oil away from meals – on an empty stomach. You notice these things when you work with patients for many years.

Enteric Coated Capsules VS Sustained-Release Tablets What’s The Difference?

Enteric-coated essentially means coated with a material that permits transit through the stomach to the small intestine before the medication is released. The term "enteric" means "of or relating to the small intestine." Sustained-release forms of tablets are forms designed to release (or to liberate) a drug or herb, mineral or vitamin for example at a predetermined rate in order to maintain a constant concentration of the active ingredients for a specific period of time, while also minimising side-effects.

Omega 3 Plus VS The Many Other Omega 3 Formulas On Amazon

Omega 3 Plus fish oil comes from the Alaskan Pollock fishery, one of the world’s largest yet most sustainable fisheries according to www.msc.org

Once caught, the Alaskan Pollock is kept on ice for a maximum of 24 hours before the fish is filleted and then the oil is cold pressed from the remaining fish. The liquid (oil & water) is then filtered to separate the oil & water. The water and fat-free solids are then processed into fishmeal to be used in animal feed & other products. Nothing is wasted.

Once extracted, the fish oil goes through a low temperature, low oxidation distillation process where any mercury, heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs and other pollutants are removed from the oil.

After that it is mixed with antioxidants, Vitamin D3, Astaxanthin & turned into gel capsules.

It didn’t take long on Amazon to find an Omega 3 fish oil product containing 200 soft gel capsules for just a little over 8 dollars.

The origin of this product on the pack states Peru, Mauritius and Morocco. The main ingredient is anchovies which no doubt come from Peru, the “world’s most exploited fishery” according to the United Nations. It has been estimated that more than 80 percent of Omega 3 and fish oil formulations sold in the USA today contain Peruvian anchovy.

This product also contains sardine and tuna oil and is manufactured in the typical 18/12 style of commercially mass-produced fish oils, i.e.; 180mg of EPA and 120mg of DHA per gel cap. You will find many “standardized” engine oils to be the same. Standardized and highly refined. No natural variances. Typically the oil comes from countless fisheries (including mom and pop outfits that only produce several barrels) and is blended and purified in tremendously large amounts at a time. These oils tend to be over-processed, ultra-refined and are generally sold cheaply in mass amounts. I’ve personally been involved in the business of raw materials as well as the production and distribution of all kinds of dietary supplements and herbal formulations for over 25 years. You tend to build up contacts and knowledge of raw material suppliers, laboratories, manufacturing plants over a prolonged period of time. The solid people with integrity stay in the business, and I’ve seen a few unscrupulous manufacturers and raw material suppliers last only a few years at best. There is still quite a lot of exploitation of our natural resources going on, and if we want to protect our oceans for future generations then we really should be thinking of reducing our exploitation now. Don’t you think?

What Is The Quantity Of DHA And EPA in Omega 3 Plus?

OMEGA 3 Plus is a powerful omega 3 featuring premium wild-caught essential fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are composed primarily of two ingredients, the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. In comparison to many Omega 3 supplements, OMEGA Plus contains very high levels of EPA and DHA. Wild Alaskan Pollock Oil provides a near perfect 2:1 EPA to DHA ratio.

OMEGA 3 Plus has the following Omega 3 profile (per serving size of 2 capsules):


  • Total Omega 3s 1180 mg
  • EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) 670 mg (335 mg per cap)
  • DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) 340 mg (170 mg per cap)
Why Is There No SDA Omega 3 In Omega 3 Plus?

SDA (Stearidonic Acid) is like ALA (alpha linolenic acid);it has 18 carbons on its chain and is often made from soybean oil. You really want the higher carbon chained EFAs to get the most health benefits namely, the EPA (20 carbon) and the DHA (22 carbon). The problem with soybean oil is it’s a high source of omega-6s, which is the pro-inflammatory, the bad omega. Many years ago humans ate little omega 6 and consumed roughly the same amount of food sources containing both omega 3 and 6. Thanks to modern food processing and the domination of soybean oil in our diets, that ratio is now skewed as high as 20:1 in favour of omega-6s. Our diets have essentially become pro-inflammatory.

Did I mention that the SDA from soybeans is supplied by Monsanto and is genetically engineered? While natural sources of stearidonic acid are blackcurrant, hemp seed and corm gromwell, it remains a costly process to refine the SDA from such sources, making the GMO soybean oil the cheapest and most productive source. Since having been approved by the

European Food Safety Authority it has seen wider acceptance.

It takes about four to five times more SDA to get the same EPA values—a conversion rate of 20 to 25 percent. It’s higher than traditional flaxseed oil no doubt, which has a conversion rate of between 3 and 17 percent (the higher end is for women and vegans), but still on the low side, and a genetically –supplied source. That’s fine if you are OK with that, and I’m sure that many people who subscribe to my You Tube channel feel the same way I do about GMO foods, at least for now, who knows what the future holds but I live for today and not tomorrow. That’s why there is no SDA in Omega 3 Plus.

Why Is There No ETA Omega In Omega 3 Plus?

The current main dietary sources of the long-chained PUFAs are of marine origin. With diminishing fish stocks globally efforts have gone towards sourcing the most sustainable and also efficacious sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Sources identified are those rich in SDA (stearidonic acid), the direct precursor to ETAs (eicosatetraenoic acid). ETA converts into two main compounds that have been shown to have a positive effect on reducing inflammation.

Most commercial sources of SDA currently are unfortunately from GMO soybean oil. In addition, the fish oil we source is from wild Alaskan pollock, one of the world’s largest and most sustainable of all fisheries. Please go to www.msc.org to learn all about the Alaskan pollock fisheries. These are the reasons we don’t add any ETA to Omega 3 Plus.

Is Their A Fishy After Taste To Omega 3 Plus? Will I Get Any Fish Burps?

A good quality Omega 3 fish oil supplement like Omega 3 Plus will have the pleasant, fresh taste of the ocean, not the pungent smell of fish that’s been left out in the sun for weeks. If you discovered that the fresh fish you were cooking for dinner had a very strong fishy taste or smell, you’d rightly assume it had gone off. And so it is with fish oil. A fishy taste from fish oil is a sure sign that it’s started to oxidize, which is another way of saying it’s gone rancid. Our fish oil is made to a very high standard you should not experience any fishy after taste nor smell. Some people who have had their gallbladder removed may experience a few fish burps, but this is soon stopped it the Omega 3 Plus is taken with a digestive enzyme such as CanXida Restore. Keep the Omega 3 Plus capsules in the refrigerator or even your freezer to minimize any burps if you should experience them, although this rarely happens if the capsules are taken at room temperature with a meal containing any fats.

Is Omega 3 Plus Made In New Zealand?

Omega 3 Plus is made in the USA. The Alaskan Pollock fish is caught in Alaska where the fish is processed and the oil then sent to our manufacturer based in the USA. Our product is made to a very high standard in a GMP plant. Finishing-off the product, i.e.; turning the raw material into a finished capsule was deemed to be too cost prohibitive (without blowing-out the pricing completely), as dietary supplement manufacturing costs in New Zealand is much more expensive than it is in the USA.

Does The Omega 3 Plus Bottle Smell Of Fish When You Open It?

Well, it “may” have an odour but that is so mild that it couldn’t be deemed unpleasant! It is a fish oil after all, but I can assure you that there is no “fishy smell” when you open the container. If you want to maintain optimum quality and freshness of this product then please put the cap on tight after you take any capsules from the container and then store in your refrigerator (or even your freezer).

Where Are The Ingredients In Omega 3 Plus Sourced From?

The Alaskan Pollock oil comes from Alaska and the remaining ingredients are sourced from the highest quality raw material suppliers in the USA.

Can I Keep Omega 3 Plus In The Refrigerator?

The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can break down due to air, heat and light. Your fish oil capsules should be refrigerated after opening to maintain their freshness and quality. ... Most fish oil capsules can be stored at room temperature when the bottle is sealed and while many people will keep them at room temperature, fish oil capsules are best kept under refrigeration after opening. You’ll be opening the bottle daily for one month, so take the capsule/s out, seal it quickly and place it back in the fridge. This is especially relevant in summer time.

Is Omega 3 Plus Contaminant-Free Due To Molecular Distillation?

There are three main reasons why molecular distillation is still considered the best when it comes to purifying crude fish oils:


  • Molecular distillation concentrates the dose of Omega 3; you get more omega per dose.
  • Molecular distillation purifies the oil from any contaminants; molecularly distilled fish oil is still considered the purest.
  • Molecular distillation reduces any fishy odours, in addition to reducing the ability of the oil to oxidize and become rancid.
Does Omega 3 Plus Also Contain Omega 6 And Omega 9?

We did not include any omega 6 or 9 in Omega 3 Plus because people don’t need any more omega 6 in their diet, they will already be consuming plenty through their diet. Additionally, the body can produce omega-9 fats, and they're easily obtained in the diet as well So you don't need to take them in supplement form either.

Today, most people are eating a lot of omega-6 fatty acids, too much in fact. Cheap seed oils high in omega 6 such as sunflower, corn, soybean and cottonseed oils are to be found in many take-away and processed foods. In contrast, the consumption of foods that are high in omega-3 is the lowest it traditionally has likely ever been – foods like fresh cold-water fatty fish, nuts and seeds like walnuts as well as flaxseed and flax oil. But omega-6 and omega-3s don’t have the same effects. Research has found out that omega-6s tend to be the more pro-inflammatory, while omega-3s tend to be the more anti-inflammatory. Several studies point out that when the omega 6 to omega 3 ratio remains too high that it can contribute to excess inflammation in the body, potentially raising the risk of many chronic diseases of Western civilization like diabetes, heart diseases and various cancers.

In fact, expert scientists suspect that this distorted ratio of the omega 6 to 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) may be one of the most long-term damaging aspects of the Western diet. Supplementing with Omega 3 Plus is a good way to ensure you are correcting the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 of 1:1 or 1:2 instead of having the typical ratio today of 1: 20 and even up to 30 or greater.

Does Omega 3 Plus Contain Any Soy? Is It A Soy-Free Product?

Yes, Omega 3 Plus is entirely free of allergens such as soy.

What Is the Source Of Gelatin In Omega 3 Plus?

Omega 3 Plus is a “non vegan” product, and therefore a non-vegan capsule was acceptable. The capsules that contain Omega 3 Plus are made from pure fish gelatin, glycerin and purified water. Our fish gelatine capsules are of outstanding quality and manufactured in accordance with GMP guidelines with certified quality assurance system for traceability of raw materials. The capsules are entirely free from preservatives and are gluten and starch–free.

Fish gelatine is a healthy and natural source of pure protein that can help strengthen joint health, help with digestion, improve brain function, support hair and nail growth, benefit the skin health and even more.

What Is The Capsule Size Of Omega 3 Plus?

The soft gel capsule size is #20. The capsules are a yellowish colour and slightly oblong shaped. They contain slightly more than 800 milligrams and are very easy to swallow and are virtually odourless and tasteless.

Is The Fish In Your Omega 3 Plus Wild-Caught Fish?

Alaskan Pollock is considered to be the most well managed large-scale wild-caught fishery in the world, and the largest commercial fishery in the United States. Living in icy cold and pristine waters of the Bering Sea, wild Alaskan pollock are a premium and sustainable natural source of high-grade and clean protein as well as Omega 3 fatty acids. Wild Alaska pollock is regarded as one of the healthiest natural sources of fish protein in the world, and in the low-risk category for environmental toxins, such as mercury and pesticides. Wild Alaskan Pollock stocks are not overfished and spawning biomass and 2018 targets are above the level for all three stocks of fish. This makes Wild Alaskan Pollock fish oil the best choice for a sustainable Omega 3 supplement.

The key reasons Wild Alaskan Pollock Oil was chosen for OMEGA 3 Plus:


  • The fish live in pristine icy cold waters, very low-risk for pollutants.
  • Fisheries have a proven record of good fisheries management.
  • Certified Sustainable by the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council).
  • Wild caught fish harvested and processed entirely in the United States.
  • Wild-Alaskan Pollock Oil falls in the Omega-3/6 ratio of 13 to 14, one of the highest ratios in any fish oil, a typical Omega-3/6 ratio range as low as 3 to 4.
  • Wild-Alaskan Pollock Oil is produced from human food processing plants.
  • The entire fish is used; nothing is wasted.
Exactly How Much Mercury (in PPM) Does Omega 3 Plus Contain?

According to USP 233 (elemental impurities testing), Omega 3 Plus contains <0.1PPM mercury (Hg.). This is well within acceptable parameters.

Does Omega 3 Plus Contain Polysorbate 80?

Polysorbate 80 is also known as Tween 80. This stuff has a brown or golden colour; it can look a bit likehoney. It is basically made from chemical compounds that are left over when you dehydrate sugar alcohols and then combine this stuff with oleic acid (very high levels in safflower and olive oils). It helps to defoam liquids and also acts as an agent to help to mix things a lot more easily (a solubilizer). Lots of medicines and plenty of different foods contain it, even ice cream. You will not find any of this stuff in Omega 3 Plus.

Was Ethanol Used In The Manufacturing Process Of Omega 3 Plus?

My aim was pure and simple. To create a powerful Omega 3 formulation with:


  • A high level of biological activity
  • Caught from a sustainable source
  • Using the latest solvent-free technologies for omega-3 extraction.

The fish are kept on ice for no longer than 24 hours after catch and generally processed very quickly. To process Alaskan Pollock fish, first the fish is processed to remove the fillets. Then all of the liquid (all the oil & water) is then filtered to separate the oil & water. The water and fat-free solids are then processed into a fishmeal to be used in animal feed and other products like fertilisers. Nothing at all is wasted. Once the fish oil has been extracted, the fish oil goes through a low temperature, low oxidation distillation process where any mercury, heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs and other pollutants are removed from the oil and purified. It is then filtered again multiple times to separate the EPA & DHA and then recombined so that each capsule ends up with the perfect ratio of EPA & DHA for maximum absorption of Omega-3. No ethanol is required for this process. After that it is mixed with antioxidants, Vitamin D3, Astaxanthin, fish gelatine and the other ingredients & turned into gel capsules.

Is Omega 3 Plus Vegan?

Yes, I even had to make this video because I know somebody will want to know if Omega 3 Plus is a vegan-rated product. True. Also true and factual is that this product does contain refined oil from a once living fish. And because fish is not considered a vegan-safe or vegan-rated food, I can state emphatically and with authority that Omega 3 Plus is NOT a vegan kind of food. Look for omega 3 supplements that are made exclusively from the seaweed wakame, this may suit a vegan. It also suits me; it’s my favourite seaweed that contains high amounts of EPA. Try to get your EPA from different sources.

Is Omega 3 Plus a Kosher product?

No, it’s not because for it to become a Kosher product we would need a Rabbi to inspect and bless the place and in our situation it is not really possible. Sorry about the no Kosher. It is still a good product and made very well, I can assure you, I’ll give you my blessings (no disrespect to any Rabbi watching this video).

What Form of Triglyceride is In Omega 3 Plus?

Fish oil is in one of two forms, either in a triglyceride or in the ethyl ester form. Triglycerides are made of three fatty acids (e.g. EPA and DHA) attached to a glycerol backbone. Triglyceride is the molecular form that makes up virtually all fats and oils in both animal and plant species. One of the most important features of our OMEGA 3 Plus is that it is delivered in a triglyceride molecular form, the form of Omega 3 naturally found in fish. If you spend a little time yourself and check the research, you will soon that several important studies indicate that the triglyceride form of Omega 3 is better absorbed than the ethyl ester (EE) form of Omega 3.

Does Omega 3 Plus Contain Any Pork Or Pork Gelatin?

Absolutely not. There are no ingredients in this product sourced from any pig. The gelatin capsule contains fish gelatin, glycerin and purified water.

Is Omega 3 Plus Cold pressed?

Yes, the pressing process of obtaining the fish oil is done primarily with no heat, it is cold-pressed. The fish are kept on ice for no longer than 24 hours after catch and generally processed very quickly. To process Alaskan Pollock fish, first the fish is processed to remove the fillets. Then all of the liquid (all the oil & water) is then filtered to separate the oil & water. The water and fat-free solids are then processed into a fishmeal to be used in animal feed and other products like fertilisers. Nothing at all is wasted. Once the fish oil has been extracted, the fish oil goes through a low temperature, low oxidation distillation process where any mercury, heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs and other pollutants are removed from the oil and purified. It is then filtered again multiple times to separate the EPA & DHA and then recombined so that each capsule ends up with the perfect ratio of EPA & DHA for maximum absorption of Omega-3. No ethanol is required for this process. After that it is mixed with antioxidants, Vitamin D3, Astaxanthin, fish gelatine and the other ingredients & turned into gel capsules.

Is Omega 3 Vegetarian?

Yes, I even had to do a video to say NO this product is not vegetarian or vegan rated, so please don’t ask me this question on You Tube comment section! How can fish oil be rated as “vegetarian” some may even argue and say, “as long as you avoid red (cow) meat you are vegetarian”? I’ve had others say, “Don’t eat any land animals, but fish are OK”. It seems everybody has his or her own take on what constitutes being a “vegetarian” today. So, I can therefore say confidently that this product is definitely not vegan rated, but when it comes to it being vegetarian I personally would say no, but know that I had plenty of patients who were vegetarian but who did take fish oil.

What Part Of The Fish Is Used To Make The Fish Oil In Omega 3 Plus?

The entire fish minus the fillets are used to make the Alaskan Pollock fish oil. This includes the liver, a very rich source of fish oil. The fish are kept on ice for no longer than 24 hours after catch and generally processed very quickly. To process Alaskan Pollock fish, first the fish is processed to remove the fillets. Then all of the liquid (all the oil & water) is then filtered to separate the oil & water. The water and fat-free solids are then processed into a fishmeal to be used in animal feed and other products like fertilisers. Nothing at all is wasted.

Is Omega 3 Plus Non-GMO?

Absolutely, this product is classified as being non-genetically modified (non-GMO).

Is Omega 3 Plus In An Ethyl Ester Form?

No, Omega 3 Plus is supplied the triglyceride form. Fish oil is essentially in one of two forms; it is either in a triglyceride or in the ethyl ester form. Triglycerides are made of three fatty acids (e.g. EPA and DHA) attached to a glycerol backbone. Triglyceride is the molecular form that makes up virtually all fats and oils in both animal and plant species. One of the most important features of our OMEGA 3 Plus is that it is delivered in a triglyceride molecular form, the form of Omega 3 naturally found in fish. If you check research, you will discover that several important studies indicate that the triglyceride form of Omega 3 is better absorbed than the ethyl ester (EE) form of Omega 3.

Is Omega 3 Plus 100% Fish Oil Or Does it Contain Any Additives?

Apart from fish oil, Omega 3 Plus also contains two main additives, namely Vitamin D3 and Astaxanthin. Both have been added to support the action of the EPA and DHA, i.e.; to increase anti-inflammatory actions of the fish oil and to also boost it’s anti-oxidant effect.

Vitamin D3 Each dose of OMEGA 3 Plus contains 50 mcg (2,000 iu) of vitamin D3. Vitamin D is fat-soluble, meaning it needs a fat source to be absorbed properly. Combining Vitamin D with the omega-3 fatty acids found in OMEGA 3 Plus can help facilitate adequate vitamin D3 absorption into the body.

Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine” vitamin, an essential vitamin that plays several critical roles in the proper functioning of the body. Vitamin D is thought to play a role in cardiovascular disease by affecting inflammatory mediators.

Astaxanthin - Each dose of OMEGA 3 Plus contains 250mcg of Astaxanthin (pronounced "asta-zan-thin"). Astaxanthin is red in colour and has been called the “king” of carotenoids; it is a powerful antioxidant with broad health implications.

Why Are There Other Ingredients In Omega 3 Plus?

Both Vitamin D and Astaxanthin were added to increase the anti-inflammatory support of this product. Research has found that both of these key ingredients have the ability to reduce inflammation, one of the key drivers underpinning chronic diseases such as autoimmune disease, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Do The Omega 3 Plus Capsules Have Enteric Coating?

No, the Omega 3 Plus capsules are made of fish gelatin, glycerin and purified water. There is no need to enteric coat this fish oil. It has a very mild and almost “non-fishy” taste and smell.

Is Omega 3 PlusHypoallergenic?

Omega 3 Plus is allergen free (no soy, corn, wheat/gluten) and although it is made primarily from fish oil, the protein content in fish-derived Omega 3 Plus supplement is thought to be minimal to zero and likely a denatured protein not capable of invoking any immune reaction. A review did not uncover any reports of “allergic” reactions to omega 3 fish oils. I would call it hypoallergenic in this case.

Does Omega 3 Plus Pass The Freezer Test?

Some people claim that when you freeze omega 3 capsules, if they freeze to become clear and not cloudy, that this is an indication of purity and quality. The ‘freezer test’ is nothing but a marketing gimmick that has become quite misused by marketers to indicate quality and purity, as opposed to the actual Omega-3 content of the product. It’s basically a gimmicky sales technique based on false information. It tries to connect various dots that don’t even exist and is a great way to baffle people with “false brilliance”.

The freezer test will not tell you if fish oil capsules are rancid, oxidized, or full of heavy metals. Fish oil with a higher saturated fat content can be just as good for you, even though it comes out opaque when frozen. When you place your fish oils capsules into the freezer, the fish oil will either stay the same clear colour, or it turn may turn somewhat cloudy. This happens due to one simple reason, and not because the “fish oil has gone bad” or that the non-cloudy when frozen fish oil is of “higher quality”. A 90% Omega-3 fish oil product that is old, rancid and may be contaminated with mercury and PCBs can even pass the freezer test. It will look clear, crisp and beautiful after a night in the freezer! Don’t be fooled.

The variance happens because different kinds of fish oils contain different amount of polyunsaturated and saturated fats. If fish oil contains more saturated fats than unsaturated fats, the freezing point of the fish oil is higher and changes colour. If the fish oil is lower in saturated fats and higher in unsaturated fats it stays clear and takes a much colder environment to freeze solid.

Now you know - freezing fish oil will not tell you its purity level or rancidity. For the best omega-3 supplements, ensure you buy a high-quality product such as Omega 3 Plus, and keep it in a cold, dark place.

Is Omega 3 Plus Gluten Free?

Absolutely, Omega 3 Plus is 100 percent gluten free. No wheat or gluten was used in the manufacturing process of this product.

How Many Calories And How Much Cholesterol Is Contained In Omega 3 Plus?

Omega 3 Plus contains 17 calories per serve (2 capsules) of Omega 3 Plus. This product contains no cholesterol or trans fatty acids.

Does Omega 3 Have Any Sugar In It?

No, Omega 3 Plus contains no sugar.

What Is the Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) For Omega 3 Plus?

The recommended amount to take is two capsules per day with foods or snacks.

Is Omega 3 Plus Hexane Free?

Hexane is a solvent and is a significant constituent of gasoline. If swallowed, it may cause severe abdominal pain and impact the respiratory system, resulting in shortness of breath, coughing, burning of the mouth, throat or chest, and even pneumonia.Omega 3 Plus has been manufactured without the use of the solvent hexane.

Is The Astaxanthin Added To Omega 3 Plus Synthetic Or Does It Come From The Fish?

Each 2-capsule dose of OMEGA 3 Plus contains 250mcg of natural (non-artificial) Astaxanthin (pronounced "asta-zan-thin"). Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring carotenoid found in particular in algae, but also in salmon and in crustaceans such as shrimp, lobster, and crab it is even responsible for the pink or red coloration of crustaceans and salmon meat. Carotenoids are yellow, orange, and red organic pigments that are produced by plants and algae, as well as certain kinds of bacteria, and even fungi. For example, beta-carotene is found in high amounts in carrots and is responsible for their orange colour. Astaxanthin is red in colour and has been called the “king” of carotenoids; it is a powerful antioxidant with broad health implications. It is a powerful antioxidant that has proven anti-inflammatory properties. It supports skin and eye health and has also been linked with improved recovery.

Does Omega 3 Plus Contain Farm Raised Fish?

No, definitely not.

All of our raw materials are (including our fish oils) are sustainably sourced, because we care about the environment and believe you do too. The fish oil found in Omega 3 Plus originates from the wild Alaskan pollock fish caught in a pure and pristine location, the Bering Sea. The pollock fishery is sustainably managed and approved by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Our products including the Omega 3 Plus have been thoroughly tested, from the raw ingredients right through to manufacturing to surpass the strictest international measures of quality and safety.

Farm raised fish have shown through studies to contain various toxins. For example, PCBs (cancer-causing chemicals) that have been found to be in farm-raised salmon at a concentration 16 times higher than wild salmon, and the level of dioxin is also higher, by a factor of 11 times higher. Apart from toxins, there are a host of chemicals commonly used in aquaculture for health management of fish, including sodium chloride, formalin, malachite green, methyl blue, potassium permanganate and hydrogen per-oxide, copper compounds, as well as glutaraldehyde (a disinfectant used to sterilize surgical equipment, kills warts too).

Does The Molecular Distillation Process Remove Any Purines?

Purines are compounds found in animal and plant foods that your body converts to uric acid. If you can't flush the uric acid out through your kidneys, it can build up in the bloodstream and be deposited as needle-shaped crystals in your joints. This can cause tremendous pain and suffering for some, and is called gout or gouty arthritis. People with gout need to stop drinking alcohol (most with gout do) and cut out all shellfish, rich meats and gravies. Best to eat more vegetables and less meat anyway.

Purines are found in the flesh of the fish and will not be found in the molecularly distilled fish oil (that is highly purified), so it should not affect your gout or kidneys at all. In fact, I recommend everyone consume some omega 3 daily because the fatty acids EPA and DHA in fish oil crucial to human health.

What About Oxidation Of Omega 3 Plus Fish Oil?

Fresh fish has no strong offensive fishy smell or taste. You likely wouldn’t buy or eat fish or any seafood like this. Nor would you expect your omega 3 fish oil to smell and taste strong and bad. It should not have any strong fishy smell or taste, if it does then it may well have started to oxidize and become rancid. Besides tasting and smelling bad, rancid fish oil is potentially toxic.

If you don’t know the oxidation values of your omega-3 supplement, break open your capsules to taste and smell what’s inside. High quality fish oil should taste and smell like fresh fish — meaning, not very fishy at all. Omega 3 Plus also contains Vitamin D3 (25 mcg per capsule) and astaxanthin (125 mcg per capsule) which add their own particular flavour to this capsule.

Is the Omega 3 Plus Container BPA Free?

The Omega 3 Plus container is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE plastic is entirely free from BPA and is therefore safe for applications that affect human health and wellbeing. The number 1 generally found on the underside of the container denotes HDPE plastic.

BPA is the abbreviation ofBisphenyl A, a chemical used to make different kinds of plastics and resins since the 60s.BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and drinks, like water bottles.

Epoxy resins are used to coat the inside of metal products, such as food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines. Some dental sealants and composites also may contain BPA. BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain and prostate gland of foetuses, infants and children. It can also affect children's behaviour. Additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure.

Why Is The DHA Level Low In Comparison To the EPA In Omega 3 Plus?

Omega 3 fatty acids are composed primarily of two ingredients, the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. In comparison to many Omega 3 supplements, OMEGA Plus contains very high levels of EPA and DHA naturally. EPA and DHA are the omega 3 fatty acids your body needs in balanced quantities to achieve the full benefits they offer. Wild Alaskan Pollock Oil provides a near perfect 2:1 EPA to DHA ratio. Each capsule of Omega 3 Plus contains 335 mg of EPA and 170 mg of DHA. While many and various studies have shown that both DHA and EPA independently and together can reduce chronic low-level inflammation, a 2:1 EPA to DHA ratio seems to be the most effective ratio at addressing inflammatory risk factors.

What Is The Difference Between Omega 3 (EPA and DHA) And Fish Oil?

Technically not a lot. Fish oils are almost always high in omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and therefore commonly called Omega 3 oils. The oils highest in Omega 3 happen to be fish oils.

It gets to be a bit confusing when it comes to omega-3 fatty acids. There are not only fish oils, which contain docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). There are also different plant sources that contain fatty acids like with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is converted into omega-3 fatty acids in the body. But you must remember, this conversion is not very good with studies ranging from 0.5% conversion to DHA up to 8% or somewhat higher for ALA to convert to EPA.

Should I Take Omega 3 Plus With Cold Water Or With Warm Water?

You will in general be taking your supplements with meals or snacks, and if you drink with meals then it’s up to you to decide if you want cold or warm water with your meals. I drink a little water with meals, not much, and it comes from my filter alkalizer at an acceptable temperature.

What Is The Peroxide Value For Omega 3 Plus?

Omega 3 oil loses its EPA and DHA as oxidation occurs; new by-products are produced in the oil that doesn’t exist in the new fresh oil. These by-products most often give off a strong fishy taste and smell. Reduced EPA/DHA content means it's a waste of time taking the fish as it’s becoming useless. Many scientists also believe that oxidized fats including fish oils can even be harmful to consume.

Peroxide measurements provide a quantifiable indication of how many of these by-products have formed in the oil. Omega 3 Plus typically has a peroxide value of less than 5 mEq/kg, which explains why the fish oil has no real fishy taste or smell.

Isn’t Krill Oil A Superior Source Of Omega 3 Than Alaskan Pollock Fish?

While not an endangered species yet, Antarctic krill are a mainstay of the diets of many species that live in our oceans, including whales. There is some environmentaland scientific concernthat the krill population has decreased significantly both due to climate change in addition to human harvesting. Humpback whales feed almost exclusively on krill in the Antarctic and it's unknown what effect an expanding krill fishery in conjunction with climate warming might be having on the abundance of krill," a scientist Dr. Carly Holyoake from Murdoch University in Western Australia has said. She said there is an active krill industry in Antarctic waters that the whales feed in and that little to no research in these areas was currently undertaken regarding the increasing stranding of malnourished whales and the shrinking krill population. This is good enough reason not to recommend krill as a viable alternative to fish oil, particularly from fish that have been harvested from fisheries that are sustainable.

Both krill oil and omega 3 fish oil contain EPA and DHA. While krill oil may have benefits, the research points out that it is better to rely on omega 3 sources that have received a greater degree of scientific scrutiny, including the fish oils as well as plant sources of ALA. The effects of krill oil on human health has only been studied for the past few years, whereas we already have many thousands of research papers validating the use of fish oil.

Alaska Pollock is considered to be the most well managed large-scale fishery in the world, and the largest commercial fishery in the United States. Living in icy cold and pristine waters of the Bering Sea, wild Alaskan pollock are a premium and sustainable natural source of high-grade and clean protein as well as Omega 3 fatty acids. Wild Alaska pollock is regarded as one of the healthiest natural sources of fish protein in the world, and in the low-risk category for environmental toxins, such as mercury and pesticides. Wild Alaskan Pollock stocks are not overfished and spawning biomass and 2018 targets are above the level for all three stocks. This makes Wild Alaskan Pollock fish oil the best choice for a sustainable Omega 3 supplement.

I recommend that healthy adults eat at least two servings per week of EPA- and DHA-rich fish, such as salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, and albacore or bluefin tuna. People with heart disease should consume EPA and DHA daily from fatty fish or fish oil supplements. Heart experts also recommend getting ALA from food sources such as soy products, flaxseed, walnuts, and oils extracted from flaxseed, canola seed, olives, walnuts, or soybeans.

Is Omega 3 Plus Free Of Shellfish Allergens?

Allergens are generally proteins that mount an immune response, food allergies are generally not associated with fats and oils, but rather protein-based foods such as eggs, milk, nuts for example. I’ve worked with several patients with documented food allergies who did not react to taking omega 3 fish oil, even at the higher end of dosing.

A small study I found online involving a small group of people who were formally diagnosed as having a fish allergy (blood tests, RAST tests) found that the participants handled fish oil supplements without any allergic reaction. But you will also read a few cases of people who were highly allergic to all fish and shellfish that did react to taking omega 3 fish oil supplements. My guess is that they were taking a liquid (and maybe even rancid) fish oil product. Most fish oil supplement manufacturers do recommend against taking omega 3 fish oil containing supplements if you are allergic to fish, especially highly allergic.

Why Doesn’t Omega 3 Plus Contain DPA (Docosapentaenoic Acid)?

The health benefits of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) fatty acids are among the most documented in nutrition research. However, a third key fatty acid, docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) that is an intermediary between EPA and DHA, has been shown to exist. DPA is basically an elongated version of EPA, has drawn the attention of scientists because it is present in relatively high levels in the diet of Greenland indigenous Inuit for example, a population with exceptionally low incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD). But recent research doesn’t quite validate its use in Western countries to prevent heart disease.

As currently defined, the Omega-3 Index comprises eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), but not docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) in erythrocytes (red blood cell index). In fish and many fish oils DPA is detectable (along with EPA and DHA), but sources rich in DPA are scarce. Purified DPA is available, and DPA is a precursor of biologically active molecules, but much remains to be learned about the effects of DPA in humans. In epidemiologic studies, erythrocyte DPA did not predict risk for total mortality, sudden cardiac death, or other relevant cardiovascular events, and, more importantly, did not improve prediction of these events when included along with EPA and DHA, the original Omega-3 Index. Experts concluded in 2018 that current scientific evidence does not support including DPA into the Omega-3 Index. DPA was not included because the “jury is still out”, and I would suspect that our source of omega 3 fish oil being the Alaskan pollock species it would also be a rich source of DPA because it already is a very high and rich source of both EPA and DHA.

Why Doesn’t Omega 3 Plus Contain ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid)?

The 3 most important omega 3 essential fatty acids are ALA, EPA, and DHA. ALA (alpha linolenic acid) is mostly found in plants, while EPA and DHA are mostly found in animal foods like fatty fish. Many people will find it easier to consume the plant-based sources of ALA rather than the EPA and DHA rich sources like fatty cold-water fish. However, ALA isn’t DHA or EPA and needs to be converted in the body to be of much use. In fact - ALA needs to be converted into EPA or DHA before your body can utilize it for something (other than energy). This conversion pathway however is poor, only a few percent at best. Therefore it is best that you consume ample DHA and EPA foods in conjunction with a diet that includes foods rich in ALA. These foods include kale, spinach, purslane, walnuts, and many seeds like flaxseed and chia.

Why Doesn’t Omega 3 Plus Contain GLA (Gamma Linolenic Acid)?

As the Western diet is often high in Omega 6’s that can have a tendency in its own right to be inflammatory in comparison to the Omega 3’s that tend to be anti-inflammatory by nature. Decreasing Omega 6’s and increasing Omega 3 levels has been suggested for a variety of inflammatory health complaints. GLA (gamma linolenic acid) is often misunderstood because it’s an omega-6 fatty acid and even considered “inflammatory” by some. GLA is an Omega 6 fat that in fact has beneficial properties; it has been left out of the Omega 3 Plus formulation because it is an Omega 6 and because it would compete for space in the capsule, requiring less fish oil to be used. The intention was to create an Omega 3 product and not a mixed omega. While I’m on the topic of GLA however let’s talk a bit about this essential fatty acid.

GLA is a plant-derived fat that can be difficult to come by in food. Evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, and borage oil contain the highest amounts of GLA. Oatmeal, hemp seeds, and spirulina (blue-green algae) also contain varying levels of GLA.

I have found GLA a very useful supplement for PMS, but also for some patients with arthritis. It certainly is worth trying Omega 3 supplementation along with GLA supplementation for a few months if you suffer badly with PMS. Be sure to take a B complex vitamin and preferably a Magnesium supplement when you take GLA for PMS or arthritis. It can work so well in many cases, something I’ve witnessed a lot in the years I saw patients.

What Is The Purine Content Of Omega 3 Plus?

Purines are compounds found in animal and plant foods that your body converts to uric acid. If you can't flush the uric acid out through your kidneys, it can build up in the bloodstream and be deposited as needle-shaped crystals in your joints. This can cause tremendous pain and suffering for some, and is called gout or gouty arthritis. People with gout need to stop drinking alcohol (most with gout do) and cut out all shellfish, rich meats and gravies. Best to eat more vegetables and less meat anyway.

Purines are found in the flesh of the fish and will not be found in the molecularly distilled fish oil (that is highly purified), so it should not affect your gout or kidneys at all. In fact, I recommend everyone consume at omega 3 regularly because the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA in fish oil are crucial to human health.

Can I Open An Omega 3 Plus Capsule And Squeeze The Contents Into Food Or Drink?

Yes you can. Omega 3 supplements should ideally be taken with food. Regardless when you take your fish oil supplement, it's important to take it alongside a meal to maximize its absorption in the body. In particular, taking fish oil with a good source of fat in your meal can increase the bioavailability of omega-3 fatty acids and enhance their effectiveness. You can squeeze the contents of the Omega 3 Plus capsule into foods or drinks like smoothies for example.

Are There Any Carbs In Omega 3 Plus Even Trace Amounts?

No, Omega 3 plus is a dietary supplement containing omega 3 fatty acids as well as Vitamin D3 and astaxanthin. There are no carbs in this product.

Why Is There Safflower In Omega 3 Plus?

Safflower was the logical choice because of its health giving properties. Safflower Oil is used to help fill any empty space in the gel cap, it is naturally non-GMO. All safflower oil is naturally non-GMO to begin with. Safflower oil is high oleic acid containing oil and considered very healthy. Scientific evidence suggests that daily consumption of about 1½ tablespoons (20g) of oil containing high levels of oleic acid (at least 70%) may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

Does Omega 3 Plus Need To Be Kept In The Refrigerator After Opening?

There is no need to ship Omega 3 supplements with a cooling pack; they most always arrive to your destination in satisfactory condition. They are occasionally seen in the refrigerated section of your health-food shop because refrigeration of most high-quality oils improves their shelf life, maintaining both their quality and freshness.

A few points to bear in mind are that fish oil is normally sold in two forms: as a liquid or in capsules. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can break down due to air, heat and light. Personally I prefer capsules because they work as a protective shield from the oxygen in the air and therefore prolong the shelf life of the product. They are easier to take and dose and a lot more convenient. Liquid fish oil does go rancid faster after opening because it lacks this barrier and large amounts of its surface volume become directly exposed to the air and the oxygen in it. Capsules are best, especially good quality capsules when stored properly.

At home, your fish oil capsules are best if they are refrigerated in their original container after opening to maintain their freshness and quality. Most fish oil capsules can be stored for up to 3 to 4 months once opened (depending on how well you keep them) from the date that you opened the container. Don’t leave the container opened for prolonged periods of time and screw the cap on tightly before storing.

For our Omega 3 Plus we use highest-quality gelatine capsules by one of the world’s leading capsule industry leader for a better user experience and protection for our fish oil.

Can I Chew the Gel Capsules Of Omega 3 Plus?

Yes of course you can, this is not a problem. This will especially fine if you also enjoy eating fish or seafood!

Why Is Omega 3 Plus In A Gel Capsule And Not A Liquid?

Capsules are a lot more convenient to take over liquid omega 3 supplements. I’m not too keen personally on liquid fish oils and know most of the patients I used to say would agree with me. Liquid omega 3 in a bottle will be exposed a lot more to the air/oxygen than encapsulated omega 3 is.

How Do I Best Store Omega 3 Supplements?

In the refrigerator is the best place, but storing them in a cool dark and dry place is fine also. Not a good place is your handbag or glove box of your car.

What Are The Different Kinds Of Fish Oil Supplements?

Fish oil comes from the tissues of oily fish. Fish oils contain the omega-3 essential fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), precursors of various eicosanoids that are known to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Eicosanoids include prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and thromboxanes. Eicosanoids are also the target for specific pharmaceutical drugs like NSAIDS.

The fish used as sources for fish oil supplements do not actually produce omega-3 fatty acids themselves (many people don’t know this!), but instead accumulate them by consuming either microalgae or themselves eat fish that have accumulated omega-3 fatty acids through microalgae themselves. Fatty predatory fish like sharks, swordfish, and bluefin tuna may be high in omega-3 fatty acids but, due to their position at the top of the food chain, these species may also accumulate toxic substances through what is called “biomagnification”.

Different kinds of fish oil supplements can include oils from different species – like mako shark, tuna, anchovies, sardines, mackerel, salmon, krill, and more. Different kinds of fish oils can also include products designed for specific conditions; for example, you may find a DHA supplement that mainly contains the essential fatty acid DHA to help support cognitive function. You may find an EPA top-heavy capsule for supporting immune function or for inflammation. I recommend that you also consider when choosing your omega 3 supplements where the fish was sourced, it has been estimated that more than 80 percent of current fish oil supplements come from heavily exploited Peruvian anchovy fisheries.

How Much Omega 3 Should I Give To My Child?

Omega-3 levels help support your child’s physical, cognitive, and social development by promoting:


  • Normal brain and central nervous system function.
  • Healthy immune response and respiratory wellness.
  • Improved focus and attention regulation.
  • Supports cognitive skills such as reading and math.

Although the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) on cellular and metabolic health of children have been well established, no standard for Omega 3 dosage yet exists. As such, several health organisations have released their own dosing recommendations based on available research and various other criteria.

These dosage recommendations tend to vary by organization, but typically suggest that adults receive a minimum of 500 mg of EPA+DHA a day, and children receive 150 to 250 mg of EPA and DHA a day.However, these recommendations are based on clinical trials using conservative amounts. You will find that some children will easily get omega 3 into their diet because they live in a family that eats seafood like fatty fish several times a week, but you’ll also discover like I did as a practitioner that there are children who live in households that consume virtually no seafood for various reasons. Maybe they live too far from the sea, or it could be simply the cost of buying fresh fish regularly. The only precise and scientific way to determine your child’s individual omega-3 needs is through blood testing and working with a naturopathic doctor to establish your child’s optimal dose. However, in the absence of testing, the available evidence suggests that between 1000~2000 mg of EPA and DHA Omega 3 fish oil a day can provide sufficient omega-3 support for most healthy children.

How Can I Get My Omega 3 If I’m Allergic To Fish?

You can get healthy omega 3 oils found in fish also from plant sources. Leafy green vegetables, walnuts, flaxseed oil, soy oil (non-GMO), are good options as they contain sources of ALA (alpha linolenic acid). It is important to remember that your body converts just a small amount of ALA to EPA and then to DHA. There are also vegetarian sources of DHA available like microalgae (spirulina).

Some foods also contain omega 3 as they have been fortified, certain brands of eggs, yogurt, juices, milk, and soy drinks, are fortified with DHA and other omega-3s. Allergens are generally proteins that mount an immune response, food allergies are generally not associated with fats and oils, but rather protein-based foods such as eggs, milk, nuts for example. I’ve worked with several patients with documented food allergies who did not react to taking omega 3 fish oil, even at the higher end of dosing.

A small study I found online involving a small group of people who were formally diagnosed as having a fish allergy (blood tests, RAST tests) found that the participants handled fish oil supplements without any allergic reaction. But you will also read a few cases of people who were highly allergic to all fish and shellfish that did react to taking omega 3 fish oil supplements. My guess is that they were taking a liquid (and maybe even rancid) fish oil product.

Most fish oil supplement manufacturers do recommend against taking omega 3 fish oil containing supplements if you are allergic to fish, especially highly allergic.

What Omega 3 Should I Take If I’m Pregnant?

Many scientists and health experts now recommend adding an Omega 3 fish oil dietary supplement high in DHA especially if you’re pregnant and not getting adequate omega 3 levels in your diet. I started recommending omega 3 supplements in the 1980’s when I first learned about the benefits. The best prenatal omega 3 supplements contain at least 200 mg of DHA per dose, and ideally, you want to start taking these supplements for a few months before getting pregnant, so you get the health benefits as soon as your pregnancy test turns positive and continue to get those benefits right through to breastfeeding your child. I recommend Omega 3 Plus because each dose of two capsules contains 670mg of EPA and 340mg of DHA. DHA during pregnancy helps support brain, eye as well as nervous system development. Adequate DHA can also help to prevent preterm labour, ensure a healthy birth weight as well as support a mother’s mood during the postpartum period.

How Much EPA And DHA Should I Take Daily With PCOS?

Omega-3 fats are a very important consideration for people with PCOS, as they provide numerous health benefits that can really help to support the person tremendously. Omega-3 fats are linked to improving triglycerides and insulin levels, lowering inflammation and blood pressure, and even providing better hair and skin quality and improving your mood. I was just reading recent research from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine that showed omega-3s are beneficial for improving fertility and chances of conceiving in women who have been diagnosed with PCOS.

Omega 3 fish oil can help to lower triglycerides, reduce inflammation, improve NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), improves fertility by improving egg quality and ovulation. Omega 3 reduces inflammation, something you’ll see plenty of with PCOS, it also helps to lower and balance androgens. Improvement in mood is another important feature of supplementing with Omega 3.

I’d recommend between 2000 to 4000mg daily of a combination of both EPA and DHA omega 3 fish oil.

What Is The Omega 3 Index?

The omega-3 index is a measure of the relative amount of the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA in your red blood cells. This is expressed as the percentage of the total amount of fatty acids present in the red blood cells. If you have an omega-3 index of 2.7 %, this means that 2.7 % of all fatty acids present in their red cell membranes is in fact EPA and DHA. Having a reading as low as 2.7 % is suggestive that you are deficient in omega 3, and we now know through decades of research that omega 3 deficiencies are associated with an array of negative health implications. You can get this test done by asking your doctor, a medical doctor may find your request “amusing” and some may even mock you, whereas others will take your request more seriously. A visit to your naturopathic doctor maybe a better suggestion if you are looking at assessing your blood omega 3 levels and I highly recommend it. This will give you an understanding of your own individual omega 3 requirements that can vary from person to person.

Let’s take for example the omega-3 index that fulfils the risk for cardiovascular problems, it’s less than 4 %. Implying a person with an omega-3 index of only 2.7 would be at a heightened risk of CV diseases. On the other hand, an 8 % omega-3 index is considered to be cardio-protective, reducing the risk of sudden cardiac death and the common health problems associated the coronary arteries, the heart’s arteries most affected by occlusion – just a fancy word for blockages.

Research has discovered that most Americans fall between 4 to 5 percent on the omega-3 index, considerably below the cardio-protective level of the recommended 8. Scientists now recommend targeting an omega-3 index level of between 8 to 12%, suggesting that many people could benefit from omega-3 supplementation.

How Much Omega 3 Daily For Women Over 50?

I’m a naturopath who like to get the dosage just right for the patient, because we all know that “one size doesn’t fit all” when it comes to the dosage of any supplement including omega-3. I therefore encourage any female (regardless of their age or health status) to undergo blood testing to determine her Omega-3 Index level. This will enable their physician to make more personalized recommendations based on their unique dietary needs. Your doctor can help you determine what is the right dose based on testing, how old you are and what medical conditions you may have.

I’ll provide daily recommendations in the absence of testing however, as I know that most women won’t or cannot get this test done for various reasons, but for those who can I encourage it. The recommendations I do give are based on my review of the literature on omega 3 and my extensive clinical experiences in recommending omega 3 supplements to female patients including babies, children, teens and adults for over thirty years. I’ve had many female patients take from 4000 to 5000 mgs of omega 3 fish oil per day for extended periods of time with no problems. Younger ones of course don’t need that much but many would argue they do – and even more omega 3 than that!

For women beyond 50 years of age I recommend between 2000 to 3000 mgs daily, to be taken with meals. This will help to support their heart as well as brain, eyes, skin, hair and nails as well as providing a great level of immune support, something very important for those beyond 50 like me. I don’t only recommend omega 3 fish oil supplements for women over 50 yrs. of age; these supplements are best combined with: 1. A diet that contains seafood like eating wild-caught fish at least twice weekly.

2. A reduced intake of omega-6 containing foods like vegetable oils, processed foods, take-away foods)

The reason for this diet approach is to reduce the risk of omega 3 competing with omega 6. Excessive consumption of dietary omega 6 can offset cellular omega 3 levels. This can result in continual low-grade inflammation, something seen very commonly in the Western world. It’s one of the key drivers behind many chronic diseases, “illnesses” treated with pharmaceutical drugs.

How Much Omega 3 Daily For Arthritis?

There is ample research to validate the use of omega 3 supplementation when it comes to arthritis. Omega 3 can help to relieve joint pain and stiffness in the same way that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) do.

Supplementing with fish oil is known to inhibit inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-alpha and IL-1 as well as the pro-inflammatory and pro-aggregatory eicosanoids such as thromboxane-2 and prostaglandin E2. Taking an omega 3 fish oil on a daily basis allows the body to have access to the long-chained fatty acids EPA and DHA that are known to suppress low-grade inflammation linked with many inflammatory diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

For osteoarthritis, fish oil supplements at a lower dose may be useful. A recent study showed that there was no advantage in using high dose fish oil for osteoarthritis of the knee. Lower doses of fish oil can also benefit your heart and general health.

You will need to take fish oil supplements regularly at the recommended arthritis dose for two to three months before you notice improvements in your arthritis symptoms. If there is no change by then (best need to take around 3,000 mgs daily), the supplements are probably not effective for your arthritis. And even then – I wouldn’t give up! Maybe you also need to take a digestive enzyme formula to more efficiently digest the fats.

With regards to rheumatoid arthritis and omega 3 the answer is a big YES.

A major study (complete with 52 references) published in June 2020 in The Mediterranean Journal of Rheumatology entitled “The Effects of Omega 3 on Rheumatoid Arthritis’ concluded with: Omega 3 fatty acids act as precursors to lipid mediators of inflammation and may attenuate and modulate the autoimmune inflammatory response. They have shown to ameliorate or prevent experimental arthritis and may decrease disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis.”

I certainly have seen and witnessed several patients reporting improvements including some very significant improvements in pain reduction and improved mobility (hands, neck, back) after taking high-dose omega 3 religiously for one or more years. Some will notice improvements very quickly (some in a few months) but IMHO it takes 12 to 18 months before major improvements will be noticed. But the patient will be improving all in the meantime and that’s the great thing. I would recommend a minimum of 6,000 milligrams a day of a mixed EPA/DHA omega-3 supplement. And as mentioned, would recommend this dosage maintained for 6 – 12 months before deciding on abandoning the omega-3 supplementation. No results after taking omega-3 supplements for a while?

Do you have your gallbladder out? Any digestive issues like burping, bloating, constipation etc.? Then you may also need to take and will likely benefit from taking a digestive enzyme formulation as well.

How Much Omega 3 Daily For Men?

I’m a naturopath who like to get the dosage just right for the patient, because we all know that “one size doesn’t fit all” when it comes to the dosage of any supplement including omega-3. I therefore encourage any guy (regardless of their age or health status) to undergo blood testing to determine his Omega-3 Index level. This will enable their physician to make more personalized recommendations based on their unique dietary needs. Your doctor can help you determine what is the right dose based on testing, how old you are and what medical conditions you may have.

I’ll provide daily recommendations in the absence of testing however, as I know that most men will not or cannot get this test done for various reasons, but for those who can I encourage it. The recommendations I do give are based on my review of the literature on omega 3 and my extensive clinical experiences in recommending omega 3 supplements to males of all ages including babies, children, teens and adult males for over thirty years. I’ve had many younger and middle-aged male patients take 3000 mgs of omega 3 fish oil per day for extended periods of time with no problems such as aggravations or “side-effects”. Some (in fact many) experts in the field would argue that teens and boys also would benefit from as much as 4000 mgs per day. It certainly can do no harm and only good from the studies I’ve seen. Having all these good fats tends to offset the bad effects of have far too much omega 6 (pro-inflammatory) in the diet, something very common in the USA where omega-6 to omega-3 ratios can be as high as 20 to 1 when in fact they should be 1:1 or 2:1.

For guys my ageor older (I’m 60 yrs.) I recommend between 3000 and 6000 mgs daily, to be taken with meals in divided dosages. The dosage level depends on what you want conditions you may have (maybe diabetes, heart problems, HBP, skin issues, eye problems, etc.) or what you want to benefit from. Higher doses are good also for cognitive support – memory, clarity of thinking, reasoning, concentration and attention span, finding your way home – or perhaps you may keep forgetting where you left your car keys, wallet and sunglasses last or you have a real problem with short-term memory, remembering names, places, dates and numbers etc. A good quality omega 3 will help to support the heart and circulatory system as well as brain, eyes, skin, hair and nails as well as providing a great level of immune support, (something very important for those beyond 50 like me). If you have an existing heart condition take 4000 - 6000 mg each day, if you have no history of heart problems and are in fine shape heart and cholesterol wise, take 3000 a day with foods. If you have chronic pain, arthritis, muscle injury etc. then take 4000mg each day with foods.
If you take any prescribed pharmaceutical medications or have any medical condition then please do discuss with your doctor about your interests in taking omega 3. I don’t only recommend omega 3 fish oil supplements for men; I also believe based on the best evidence that omega 3 supplements are best combined with a diet that contains seafood (e.g. eating wild-caught fresh fish) at least twice weekly. If seafood is neither desired nor available, then it is highly beneficial and desirable to maintain a dose of omega 3 between 2000 – 3000 mgs daily.

1. A reduced intake of omega-6 containing foods (like vegetable oils, processed foods, take-away foods). Olive oil is a better option, in addition to trying to incorporate some amount of flaxseed oil into the diet. The ALA (alpha linolenic acid) can convert to EPA and DHA although this pathway is quite inefficient, and for this reason it is good to also have additional omega 3 sources in the diet.

The reason for this diet approach is to reduce the risk of omega 3 competing with omega 6. Excessive consumption of dietary omega 6 can offset cellular omega 3 levels. This can result in continual low-grade inflammation, something seen very commonly in the Western world. It’s one of the key drivers behind many chronic diseases, “illnesses” treated with pharmaceutical drugs.

How Much Omega 3 Daily For Teenagers?

Pretty much everybody’s diet is deficient in omega-3s, but none more so than teenagers today. From my clinical experience, most teens end up low in omega-3 because they generally do not favour a diet high in fatty fish or omega-3 rich foods, preferring rather to consume plenty of the omega-6 foods instead. Their diet tends to lean more towards the inflammatory than anti-inflammatory that way.

Omega-3s are becoming an increasingly important tool in not only alternative medicine, but in mainstream medicine as well. They seem to have health benefits for every age group – from before birth to old age. There’s not only conclusive evidence that they protect against heart disease and lower triglycerides. There’s now also research showing that omega-3s might help with depression and anxiety, another key issue affecting teens today, especially with the Covid-19 issues we have been facing for over a year now.

I believe that young people today are some of the most deficient when it comes to omega 3, and that they would likely benefit significantly as a result. Their skin would improve, female teens would noticed less painful periodswith less cramping. They would notice an improvement in their hair, skin and nails. Their immune function would improve resulting in less colds and flus. Their moods would also likely improve and that’s a real bonus for the parents I can vouch having four adult children now!

I think that’s why adding omega-3 back into their diet seems to have so many health benefits. We’re just balancing out what’s normally” there when you think of it. A good dose for those aged 4 to 12 years is 2000 mg per day. It is best to give one capsule twice daily with foods. A good dose for those aged 12 to 18 years is 3000mg per day, same as the adult dosage.

How Much Omega 3 Daily For My Elderly Parents?

Older people can benefit significantly from taking omega 3 supplements, because it can help to support their immune system, cardiovascular system, their skin, bones, hair, nails etc. It is also a very good supplement for mood and cognition, two real concerns with those who are ageing – like all of us. I would recommend you start recommending a small dose and to take it from there, i.e; one capsule daily with lunch or evening meal and to increase this to one capsule two to three times daily. Always be sure there are no interactions with any medications they may be taking, check with their doctor.

How Long Before Omega 3 Starts To Work?

If you're not getting enough omega-3 essential fatty acids from your diet you may consider adding an omega-3 fatty acid supplement to your daily routine. In my experience, when somebody takes any kind of supplement they will be expecting some kind of outcome. They generally want results and many want them fast! While you might be anxious to get results fast when supplementing omega 3 to your diet, just exactly how quickly omega-3s work may depend on many different factors, let’s talk about several of them now. The results you get from omega 3 supplementation for different conditions can be very different, sometimes you’ll get results a lot faster than other times.

With heart health the smartest thing to do is to also reduce any additional risk factors, if you take around 3000 mgs of omega 3 fish oil and reduce additional risk factors like being overweight, having too much salt in your diet and to improve your exercise regime you’ll be light years ahead of those who just pop a pill and expect miracles. Same goes for cholesterol reduction, you’ll notice a drop in elevated triglycerides, LDL and an increase in HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Positive cholesterol results can come in as little as three weeks when you improve all your risk factors and take omega 3.

For example if we look at omega-3 fatty acid supplementation for rheumatoid arthritis don’t expect it to work as quickly as it would for heart health. It can take 6 to 12 months of supplementation at the higher end – especially if there is pain, considerable pain. I’ve had more than one patient expect amazing pain relief of RA pain after only a month to six weeks of supplementation, wishful thinking I say. But if we look at the risk factors and potential causes of auto-immunity (leaky gut, Candida, SIBO, antibiotic use) and address them we will find a more favourable outcome. It is always best to work on the gut of the rheumatoid arthritis patient; most will have serious gut issues IMO, often due to prolonged drug use to control the pain and stiffness.

When it comes to the immune system, I would recommend that you stay on omega 3 supplementation for at least 3 months or more before you can expect to notice any effects. Some patients have surprised me commenting on how quickly however their hair, nails and skin improved when that started taking omega 3 fish oil. The cases that responded the best were those who also were taking additional flaxseed oil, and who cut their consumption of the omega 6 fatty acids right back, resulting in less inflammation.

How Much Omega 3 For Joint Pain?

My recommendation for those with joint pain, inflammation and stiffness is to consume 3000 milligrams of fish oil each day can help reduce the intensity of joint symptoms like morning stiffness, tenderness, swelling, and discomfort. The omega-3 fatty acids present in this amount can also increase blood flow throughout the body during exercise, which can help reduce joint pain and swelling.

Fish oil contains the omega-3 fatty acids that benefit the body by promoting the reduction of joint inflammation. EPA and DHA also limit the production of certain kinds of proteins that can cause flare-ups of various kinds of arthritis and joint inflammation. If the joint pain is of an autoimmune nature, i.e.; a condition like ankylosing spondylitis, multiple sclerosis, and polymyalgia rheumatic for example, you will benefit from sustained higher dosages between 4000 to 6000 mg daily. These patients will almost certainly benefit from digestive enzymes and probiotics as well. If the joint pain is in the knee, then 3000 mg has been proven to work, especially if the person in addition takes a glucosamine supplement. Significant benefits can come about with knee pain, and after six to twelve months expect increased flexibility and movement and significantly less pain. In several cases I’ve heard patients mention that their once “clicky knee” no longer clicks nor hurts. The way to ensure results come sooner rather than later for those who are 50 plus with knee pain is to take digestive enzymes and probiotics as well as 3000 mg of omega 3 fish oil daily.

How Do You Get Omega 3 If You Don’t Like Fish?

You can get healthy omega 3 oils that are found in fish also from plant sources. Leafy green vegetables, walnuts, flaxseed oil, soy oil (non-GMO), are good options as they contain sources of ALA (alpha linolenic acid). It is important to remember that your body converts just a small amount of ALA to EPA and then to DHA. Personally I find likely the best source of ALA to be fresh flaxseed oil. Each Tablespoon can contain between 8000 – 9000 mg of ALA, and if the conversion pathways work OK then you can end up with between 1800 to 2100 mg of combined EPA/DHA.

The conversion of ALA to EPA involves the delta6-desaturase enzyme to form stearidonic acid (SDA). An enzyme (malonyl co-enzyme A) then elongates the SDA from an 18-carbon chain to a 20-carbon chain, and further desaturation, this time by the delta5-desaturase enzyme, results in the production of EPA. For this to work effectively, you will also need to have good levels of B vitamins, magnesium and zinc. A good enough reason to take a multivitamin if you don't like fish, seafood or taking any fish oil supplements. At the least take one to two Tablespoons of flaxseed oil daily along with your multivitamin.

There are also vegetarian sources of DHA available like microalgae (spirulina).

Some foods also contain omega 3 as they have been fortified, certain brands of eggs, yogurt, juices, milk, and soy drinks, are fortified with DHA and other omega-3s.

How Much Omega 3 Do I Need To Support Rheumatoid Arthritis?

There is ample research to validate the use of omega 3 supplementation for arthritis. Omega 3 can help to relieve joint pain and stiffness in the same way that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) do.

Supplementing with fish oil is known to inhibit inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-alpha and IL-1 beta and pro-inflammatory as well as pro-aggregatory eicosanoids such as thromboxane-2 and prostaglandin E2.Using long-chain omega-3s to suppress low-grade inflammation may benefit numerous chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.

With regards to rheumatoid arthritis and omega 3 the answer is a big YES.

A major study (complete with 52 references) published in June 2020 in The Mediterranean Journal of Rheumatology entitled “The Effects of Omega 3 on Rheumatoid Arthritis’ concluded with: Omega 3 fatty acids act as precursors to lipid mediators of inflammation and may attenuate and modulate the autoimmune inflammatory response. They have shown to ameliorate or prevent experimental arthritis and may decrease disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis.”

I certainly have seen and witnessed several patients reporting improvements including some very significant improvements in pain reduction and improved mobility (hands, neck, back) after taking high-dose omega 3 religiously for one or more years. Some will notice improvements very quickly (some in a few months) but IMHO it takes 12 to 18 months before major improvements will be noticed. But the patient will be improving all in the meantime and that’s the great thing. I would recommend a minimum of 6,000 milligrams a day of a mixed EPA/DHA omega-3 supplement. And as mentioned, would recommend this dosage maintained for 6 – 12 months before deciding on abandoning the omega-3 supplementation. No results after taking omega-3 supplements for a while?

Do you have your gallbladder out? Any digestive issues like burping, bloating, constipation etc.? Then you may also need to take and will likely benefit from taking a digestive enzyme formulation as well.

Can Omega 3 React With CanXida Remove Due To The Garlic?

This should not be a problem at all.

How Much Omega 3 Do I Need To Support High Blood Pressure?

I’ve always found it most important to explain to the patient what BP is and how in their circumstances it has become elevated. But it is equally important to help support the blood pressure and offer advice around this. After spending a great deal of time online I discovered that there are over 80 clinical trials from the past 30 years alone regarding how beneficial marine based omega-3 fish oils support those with elevated blood pressure issues.

There is no surprise how omega 3 could be so supportive of the cardiovascular and circulatory systems when you think how involved EFAs are involved in the structure of every single cell of your body - in addition to cell signalling. “Cell signalling” is the fundamental process by which specific information is transferred from the cell surface to the cytosol (cell’s contents) and ultimately to the nucleus, leading to changes in genetic expression. Omega 3 can influence your health therefore on a profound level.

The fatty acids of omega-3 become incorporated into the membrane of every cell (phospholipid membrane) when they become important in terms of how the cells respond to their environment.

One of the most important features of why EPA and DHA are so important to cell signalling is that they have such extensive double-bonded structures that impart a much-required fluidity to the cell membrane. Only with a healthy cell membrane can a cell formulate the appropriate molecular complexes that help to facilitate a healthy communication between a cell’s internal and external environment.

Your body’s arteries produce a substance called nitric oxide in response to an increase in blood flow (like when your heart beats faster through stress, exercise etc.). Omega 3 has a direct affect on the production of nitric oxide when incorporated into the cells lining the inside of your arteries and capillaries. There are many studies that have shown omega 3 fatty acids can in fact stimulate nitric oxide production, leading to an improvement and stability in high blood pressure.

The interesting thing is that omega 3 fish oil seems to add to the effects of some blood pressure-lowering pharmaceutical drugs, but not with all of them confusingly. However, please don’t see omega 3 as a “silver bullet” and that it can and will reduce blood pressure in those with uncontrolled or very high blood pressure who are already on blood pressure-lowering drugs.

Some who take omega 3 for high blood pressure (but who are not currently taking any prescribed drugs) may notice a temporary increase in their BP, especially in those who take additional Vitamin E, say around 400 to 800 mg per day. This can be a pretty common for some, but the BP soon settles down over the following several days to fortnight.

Taking omega 3 may even trump other risk factors, even restricting salt in your diet! A meta-analysis reported the following reductions in blood pressure (systolic BP) associated with these interventions in those involved in the study that had untreated high blood pressure. A decrease in 4.5 mm Hg is enough for somebody to avoid having to take high blood pressure drugs.


  • Consuming omega-3s: 4.51mm Hg
  • Reducing dietary sodium: 3.6 mm Hg
  • Increasing exercise: 4.6 mm Hg
  • Cutting down on alcohol: 3.8 mm Hg

The American Heart Association recommend no more than 2,300mg of omega 3 per day for those with high blood pressure. My recommendation is 3000 mg per day. It is also best to take omega 3 in conjunction with Magnesium supplements and Vitamin E if you have uncontrolled blood pressure. It is always best naturally to see your naturopathic doctor or nutritionally oriented medical doctor to see what is the best solution for you.

How Much Omega 3 Do I Need To Support High Cholesterol Levels?

When it comes to cholesterol the smartest thing to do is to also reduce any additional risk factors that are within your control – like what you eat and what you drink and how overweight you may be. Change what you can; accepting that there are some things that maybe you cannot change that much, like a strong family history of high cholesterol. But do remember, not all cholesterol is necessarily “bad”, contrary to what you may read online. It’s not just about “good” and “bad” types of cholesterol, and how you can lower the “bad” ones. There are many sub fractions of LDL, the “bad” cholesterol.

Take around 3000 mgs of omega 3 fish oil and reduce additional risk factors like being overweight, having way too much salt or sugar in your diet and to improve your exercise regime you’ll be light years ahead of those who just pop a pill and expect miracle cholesterol reductions. You’ll notice a drop in elevated triglycerides, LDL (the not so good guy) and an increase in HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Positive cholesterol results can come in as little as three weeks when you improve all your risk factors and take omega 3. A smart tip for those with too much “bad” cholesterol is include more oats in their diet, like porridge, oat cookies of muffins. In addition, increase your dietary fiber intake because fiber allows more effective excretion of cholesterol through the bowel. You may well notice a difference in as little as three months.

How Much Omega 3 Do I Need For Hormonal Balance?

Did you know there are over 150 different hormones in your body, likely close to 200? Your body needs essential fatty acids to help produce these hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers that get fired all around the body through the blood stream, essentially telling your body what to do, how to think, feel, and operate. Essential fatty acids (and other lipids) are not only required for energy production, cell membrane synthesis, and intracellular signalling molecules, they are required for hormone production as well.

Our clever bodies can even build some hormones from scratch. Some of the 'ingredients'—or precursors—our bodies actually produce themselves, but others need to instead come from our diet or supplementation—omega-3s are one of the ones we need to supply, in particular for the production of the sex hormones, oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

Omega-3s not only aid their production, but also more efficient transportation and communication by boosting sensitivity of receptors sites.Omega 3 essential fatty acids are also precursors for eicosanoids (signalling molecules made from arachidonic acid or other polyunsaturated fatty acids)including prostaglandins, leucotrienes, and thromboxanes, which have hormone-like activities. Fatty acids affect the endocrine system in multiple ways, and those who are EFA deficient often suffer in silence as little to no testing is ever conducted in this area – and the advice given will generally be something like: “Eat a healthy diet”. A good general dose for to ensure good hormonal balance in my opinion would be around 2000 – 3000mg per day of Omega 3 fish oil.

How Much Omega 3 Do I Need For Ulcerative Colitis?

It is surprising how common ulcerative colitis is today, I used to see a case every three to six months in the late 1980’s, and by the time I retired in 2019 I was seeing almost one UC case every fortnight. Could this be that more u/colitis patients seek help by way of natural medicine, or could it be that this condition has become much more prevalent in our society? Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an autoimmune condition causing bowel disease in which the lining of your large intestine (colon) becomes inflamed. This inflammation can lead to the formation of raw sores, or ulcers, causing pain and bloody diarrhea at any age, but many people who get initially are in their early twenties, and for most, UC comes and goes for the rest of their lives. UC patients who experience flare-ups (if you have UC you will know what I mean) on very regular basis can experience a major improvement if they just follow a few simple rules.

Inflammatory bowel disease is a huge problem for many people. I’ve seen many patients with UC over the years, and plenty with Crohn’s Disease as well. There are many potential causes of IBD, but the cases that annoy me that most are the ones that are as result of “drug side effects”.

Several studies now show that consuming Omega 3 fatty acids leads to the production of resolvins, protectins and maresins, chemicals your body makes which to reductions in the inflammatory processes benefiting IBD patients.

Omega 3 fatty acids exert a beneficial effect in UC patients. It has been found through studies that UC patients who receive Omega 3 regularly achieved remissions earlier than those taking a placebo (olive oil capsules). Patients who took Omega 3 also noticed a significant reduction in steroid medication requirement over time. But not all studies found positive results, however.

Dosage: Omega 3 1000mg three times daily with meals, but also include a little sunflower oil or flaxseed oil in your diet daily. This way you are ensuring you receive a more balanced fatty acid approach to your diet.

In addition to taking Omega 3 fatty acids (and improving your diet) I can’t recommend a comprehensive stool analysis enough. It has been a lifesaver for many UC patients who consulted me over the years.

How Much Omega 3 Do I Need Per Day For Leptin resistance?

Studies have found that when a person consumes plenty of omega 6 fatty acids in comparison to omega 3 fatty acid rich foods in their diet that they have a higher tendency to gaining weight and obesity. Essential fatty acids and fats in general have a big bearing on weight loss or gain. Animals like cows that once used to graze on grass rich pastures are now fed grain in feedlots, and as a consequence produce predominantly omega 6 fats. Anyone eating a SAD diet today (Standard American Diet) will also likely be consuming plenty of crackers, breads, desserts and take-away foods rich in omega 6 fatty acids made from cheap vegetable oils (corn, canola, safflower), not necessarily balanced with similar amounts of omega 3s. This can lead to an increased risk of inflammation as well as obesity.

Leptin is one of the key hormones when it comes to weight loss; it is involved in appetite and satiety regulation. A healthy person with balanced leptin levels knows instinctively when to stop eating. Research has found that when a person has a high omega 6 to 3 ration they are at an increasing risk of becoming leptin-resistant. This can then cause them to lose that “I’m full, I don’t need to eat now” instinct, and to keep on eating. Therefore, it has been hypothesized that diets high in omega 6 increase the risk of developing leptin resistance, a contributing factor in obesity.

How Much Omega 3 Do I Need Per Day For Fatty Liver?

Supplementation with high dose omega 3 fish oils has shown through many studies to improve the markers on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). An study published in 2017 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition involving NAFLD patients taking high dose (4,000 mg per day) of omega 3 fish oils for a 15 to 18 month period showed significant improvements with their insulin sensitivity and fatty acid oxidation. Participants showed a more than 2 percent increase in their serum DHA levels, improving several aspects of the liver’s metabolism, contributing to a reduction in liver fat content. My recommendations are therefore for you to take 4,000mg of omega 3 fish oils per day.

How Much Omega 3 Do I Need Per Day For Fibromyalgia?

Fish oil has well known anti-inflammatory properties, making it an outstanding supplement to safely take long-term if you have fibromyalgia.

Omega 3 can help to reduce the body’s production of prostaglandins (inflammatory hormones) resulting in fewer tender joints and less stiffness.Dr. Soloman suggests choosing a mercury-free brand (check the label), although fish oil supplements are considered safe.

According to a study from 2014, supplementation with omega 3 fatty acid has evidence of efficacy in treating a number of nonspecific symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, including fatigue, joint pain, depression, and anxiety. I recommend between 3000 to 6000 mg per day (with foods in divided doses naturally) for a minimum of 12 months before you decide it’s not for you. I’ll bet that in that time period your reliance of pain reducing drugs will have halved (or even less) and that you’ll be convinced to stay with the omega 2 capsules, because there are many other benefits as well. I think it is important to point out that long-term fibro sufferers (IMO) suffer more with depression and anxiety, two good reasons to take omega 3 long-term if you have this condition. Because you’ll not only be supporting a positive anti-inflammatory action, but you’ll be supporting your mood positively as well, something unheard of in pharmaceutical medicine.

How Much Omega 3 Do I Need Per Day For Athletes?

Omega 3 supplementation has been widely studied now for over twenty years, including its potential to play a role in improving the prevention of injuries, exercise recovery, training adaptation with athletes. It is important for athletes to reduce their intake of the omega 6 containing foods (pro-inflammatory) and to increase their omega 3 intake to support the repair and support of cellular damage sustained during the intense physical exercise and activities.

For athletes, the International Olympic Committee recommends a dosage of about 2 g per day of omega-3 fatty acids, either from supplements or fatty fish. It is important to point out that athletes (even the weekend warriors) would benefit from adding fatty fish t their diet, fish like salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies, which are all rich in omega 3 and have the distinct advantage of offering all those amino acids (building blocks of protein) vitamins and minerals in addition to those omega 3 fatty acids.

Are Omega 3 Now Considered Prebiotics?

The human microbiota has been well researched the past several years, with an increasing amount of research papers on a wide variety of topics being released every year. For example, a study published in 2017 in the journal Scientific Reports found that people who eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids have more bacterial diversity in the gut, which promotes better overall health.

There is a growing body of evidence that now correlates dysbiosis in the digestive system (SIBO, Candida, parasites) with the pathological (disease) status of a human being. There are various metabolic disorders us humans face that are considered to be strongly associated with an inflammation related composition of our gut bacteria.

We now know that there are many different kinds and species of bacteria in our digestive system that can either play an anti or pro-inflammatory role in their immediate environment. When you come to think about it, the individual composition of our gut bacteria determines to a degree our individual and specific level of susceptibility to inflammatory conditions as well as determining our resistance to infections and even our rate of recovery from accidents and trauma. We also know that omega 3 fatty acids are capable of exerting significant effects when taken regularly on the internal digestive environment. Based on conducted studies, omega-3s can be considered prebiotics.

The Benefits Of Omega 3 For Estrogen Dominance

Estrogen dominance in women is about the estrogen/progesterone balance. While estrogen is the dominant hormone during the first half of the menstrual cycle, progesterone rules the second half. It is not uncommon for estrogen to dominate, and there are various reasons why this can happen. Poor detoxification of estrogen is a common reason, and many women also may find that they accumulate excess estrogen through their diet and lifestyle. Those who drink alcohol are at a greater risk.

Have you read of the term “xenoestrogens”? These are estrogen mimicking or hormone disrupting chemicals that are quite common in our daily lives. Some examples include laundry detergents, dry cleaning chemicals, nail polish, soaps, various plastics, candles, pesticides and weedicides, artificial colourings, and plenty more. All of these xenoestrogens can add to the body’s load of estrogen. Signs of estrogen excess in women include heavy menstrual cycles, breast swelling or tenderness, irritability and mood swings, lower than normal thyroid function, higher risk of breast cancer.

Omega 3 is a good supplement to take if you have estrogen dominance. These essential fatty acids can be obtained through your diet, but this can be difficult to achieve, eating several meals of fatty fish each week. Your body needs omega 3 fatty acids to help create hormones and to support their structure. EFAs are also required for the transport and communication amongst hormones. I would recommend 3000 mgs daily of combined EPA and DHA.

The Benefits Of Omega 3 For Endometriosis

Endometriosis has become an increasingly common problem for women, affecting as many as 1 in 10 in some Western countries. It is a condition that involves the reproductive system where endometrial tissue grows outside of its normal environment (the uterus); cysts can form in areas like the ovaries, abdomen and even bowel.

Endometriosis includes symptoms like painful menstrual cycles; infertility and can even include many different kinds of digestive problems like constipation and painful bowel motions. Most people will tell you that there is “no known cause of endometriosis is unknown, and there is currently no cure.

I’ve found that women in many cases in fact have suffered previous to their diagnosis from yeast infections ranging from mild to severe. In many cases the condition was treated for various creams and drugs like fluconazole. Later on, they were diagnosed as having endometriosis. I’ve seen this so many times over a long period of time.

Omega 3 fatty acids can play a role when it comes to endometriosis. You can find omega 3s in fish especially as well as some plant sources. Other kinds of fats (omega 6) can help to promote inflammation and pain, so you are best to keep these sources down significantly in your diet. They include the cheap seed and vegetable oils often found in deep fried foods, take-away and processed foods like cookies, chips, snack bars and similar snack foods. The omega 3 fats on the other hand have anti-inflammatory properties because they are the building blocks of chemicals your immune system creates to reduce inflammation. We understand that endometriosis is a condition women suffer from that involves pain and inflammation, it therefore makes sense to have a higher omega 3 to 6 ratio, rather than the other way around, as this will be found to be particularly beneficial. Some studies have found that omega 3 fatty acids may even help to discourage the implantation and development of endometrial cells. In vivo studies (test tube) have found that a higher omega 3 to 6 ratio inhibits endometrial cell survival.

A study published in 2010 entitled "A prospective study of dietary fat consumption and endometriosis risk” found that women who consumed the highest amounts of omega 3 EFAs were more than 22 percent less likely to develop endometriosis in comparison to those women who consumed the smallest amounts.

I have long recommended that women take omega 3 fish oil supplements for dysmenorrhoea (period pain) at the rate of 2 capsules (1000mg each) twice daily with meals. They work best when taken with magnesium and B Complex vitamins. Omega 3 for many women has the potential to significantly decrease period pain and menstrual symptoms. Better advice is to recommend an intake of fatty fish like salmon, herring, sardines, and anchovies. Having both a dietary as well as supplementary intake of omega 3 increases how much you consume. Increasing your intake both ways while reducing your intake of omega 6 fatty acids is one of the simplest and most effective ways to fight endo-related pain and inflammation.

The Benefits Of Omega 3 For Infertility

Omega 3 obtained through the diet as well as by way of supplementation has been shown to aid both women as well as men when it comes to improving the chances of having a child. Both a woman’s ovulation and even egg quality improves in addition to the man’s sperm count and health.

When it comes to women, studies have shown that omega 3 essential fatty acids can improve ovulation. EFAs are crucial especially during the ovulation phase; they promote the formation of healthy cervical mucus as well as improving uterine blood flow. EFAs have been shown to increase progesterone levels, one of the most important hormones to regulate the condition of the uterine lining, essential when it comes to a healthy pregnancy. Women who take omega 3 regularly were found to suffer less from anovulation (failure to ovulate) than those who didn’t take any omega 3.

It was also discovered through an EARTH study (Environment and Reproductive Health) that women who used assisted reproductive technology (IVF) and who supplemented with omega 3 fish oils had an increased chance of pregnancy and live birth.

Flaxseed is a good source of ALA, a precursor to omega 3 fatty acids. Walnuts, chia seeds and soy are other sources of ALA. You can also include more fatty or oily fish in your diet. But a better source of omega 3 is fish oils, and these are readily available as capsules.

When it comes to men and infertility, a study published in JAMA Network Open including almost 1,700 men discovered that omega 3 fish oil supplementation was associated with higher sperm counts, improved levels of sex hormones and larger testes – all associated with improved male fertility.

How Do I Know I Have A Need For Omega 3?

You know you have a need for omega 3 fatty acids if you don’t consume much in your diet. You’ll likely develop one or several signs and symptoms of EFA deficiency if you miss out in your diet. It is recommended that we all consume fatty oil-rich fish at least twice weekly. Personally I love oily fish and eat this protein source almost daily in the way of herring, sardines and anchovies. Most won’t though and will only eat fish very infrequently, if at all.

What are some of the signs to look out for if you really need to take Omega 3?

You may well suffer from dry or irritated skin more easily. If you lack omega 3 then you’ll likely notice some skin issues like itchiness, dryness, and a general feeling that your skin doesn’t look nor feel at its best. The same goes for your hair, it may feel somewhat unresponsive to how you normally look after it, there could be more dryness, oiliness, dandruff and generally “uncooperative” hair. Dry and brittle nails, or nails that easily split or break is another sign of low EFAs. Omega 3 fatty acids build up cell walls throughout the body, so when levels are low to non-existent you may notice all kinds of changes to your body, even your joints may become for stiff and painful. Dry (or itchy) eyes are another common deficiency sign, and so is dandruff, one of the most common omega 3 deficiency signs I know. In my experience, those with dandruff generally don’t like fish and take no supplementary omega 3. They also tend to eat foods high in omega 6 (pro-inflammatory) like take-away and deep fried foods, snack and processed foods.

Some people will notice an increase in insomnia when their omega 3 levels are low, and because the omega 3 fats are an essential and vital component of the brain, deficiencies can result in different kinds of cognitive or behavioural issues including memory, problem solving, as well as depression, and anxiety.

How Much Omega 3 Fish Oil Is Safe?

By now you will likely know that taking omega 3 regularly (besides eating fatty oily fish several times a week) has many health benefits. Taking an omega 3 supplement makes sense because it will be hard to maintain a good dose by relying on the diet alone – unless you are more inclined to be like me, eating fatty or oily fish several days of the week. Omega 3 can also be obtained through eating flaxseeds and walnuts. Although these foods contain a high level of ALA (alpha-linolenic-acid), only a tiny amount ever gets converted to EPA and DHA (omega 3).

The general consensus is that a safe dosage even long term for most healthy adults is between 2,000 to 4,000 mg daily. Those who take any form of prescribed pharmaceutical drug are best to speak with their physician if they wish to take omega 3 as well as their medications. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends a dosage of no more than 5,000 mg daily, whereas the FDA in America recommends 3,000 mgs as a maximum long-term dose. There are countless studies regarding the long-term safety of omega 3 fish oils at doses of 3000 up to 6000 mgs per day and even higher, at 12,000mgs per day with no dab health effects as a result.

Are There Any Side Effects From Taking Omega 3 Fish Oil?

It depends on the dose. If you are taking sustained high doses (12,000 mg per day or greater) then it is best under medical supervision. Very high doses such as this (when sustained) have been linked with a reduced effectiveness of the immune system, decreasing the body’s ability to deal with any infectious disease. People of particular concern are those who take organ transplant rejection drugs, as these are linked already with reducing the body’s immune system. It’s not common for somebody to take that much however, but I certainly have known of more than a few patients who take 6000 or 8000mgs daily for years with no bad effects, side effects, etc. These generally were the patients who had a family history of early sudden death from heart causes. I’ve also seen atrial fibrillation patients benefit from 6000mg per day.

Some people who take “too much too soon”, i.e.; who mega-dose (doses higher than 3000mg per day) pretty much from the beginning. Not the best idea with any supplement – you are always best to start with a low-dose and to take it from there.
I’ve recommended omega 3 supplements for a long time now, as far back as the mid 80’s when I worked in health food shops as a student.

Too much fish oil (especially if you are not used to taking and digesting the omega 3 can cause temporary unwanted and sometimes unpleasant effects like fish burps, heartburn, bad breath, soft or loose stools, and some may even experience nosebleeds.
Don’t worry about heavy metal or other toxicity with modern omega 3 fish oils, you can worry if you eat shark, large tuna, and farm raised salmon. The molecular distillation process effectively removes not only mercury but also other industrial and environmental chemicals. Fish oil supplements typically do not contain these contaminants so you have nothing to worry about, we all need to worry more about the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink, both are becoming increasingly polluted as the world’s population increases.

If you have had your gallbladder removed and you want to take omega 3 then I highly recommend you try taking digestive enzymes along with your fish oil because it can make a tremendous difference as far as digestive comfort is. I have seen this apply to so many patients I’ve seen over the years, particularly those patients who could not tolerate taking omega 3 capsules because of gallbladder (or stomach) issues.

What Is The Best Time Of Day To Take Omega 3 Fish Oil?

Although you can take fish oil supplements at any time of the day or night, the research definitely shows that they are better absorbed if taken during or with your meals. It is even better if you take your omega 3 supplements when you consume some food containing some fats, like olive oil or some meat containing fat. Good sources of fat increase the bioavailability of omega-3 fatty acids, boosting their efficacy.

What Is Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil?

Fish oil must be carefully cleaned and filtered if it is to be manufactured free from contaminates, it will need to undergo extensive and highly technical processes of molecular distillation and filtration. Many people are concerned with the levels of contamination in food and water, as well as the supplements they take naturally.

Only the highest quality omega 3 fish oils undergo the costly and lengthy molecular distillation process during their manufacture. This process separates dangerous heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, lead and cadmium from the fish oil while concentrating the omega 3 levels at the same time. It is important to remember and understand that not all fish oils are sourced and processed alike. Many will potentially contain contaminants, as they will not have undergone the rigorous processes that only the best oils receive. I would not consume any omega 3 fish oil personally that was not molecularly distilled, because the fish oil can contain high levels of dangerous contaminants.

Only when omega 3 fish oil has undergone the extensive laboratory process of molecular distillation, including advanced lab testing to ensure that the product contains sufficiently low contamination to be considered a “pharmaceutical grade” of fish oil.

Are There Any Prescribed Drug Interactions With Omega 3 Fish Oil?

A study published in April 2016 in the JAMA Internal Medicinehighlighted a concern about patients taking prescription pharmaceutical drugs and in addition taking dietary supplements like omega 3 fish oils. I can vouch for this, I’ve seen many patients over the years taking many different kinds of prescribed drugs who were taking many different kinds of dietary supplements, and many of these patients did not even tell their medical doctor.
The age group that doctors are most concerned about is the 60 to 85 year group of patients.
The aforementioned study found that at almost 90 percent of the patient group were taking at least one prescribed medicine, that 38 percent took one non-prescribed drug and that 64 percent of those surveyed in the 60 – 85 years age group took at least one dietary supplement.

The study found that 87% used at least one prescription medication, 38% took at least one non-prescription drug, and 64% used at least one supplement. Many took multiple drugs and supplements.Some are risking dangerous internal bleeding by combining certain supplements with blood-thinning drugs. Others are unknowingly reducing the effectiveness of medications they take to fight cancer, control infections or prevent pregnancy.


Interactions:

Birth control pills (oral contraceptive drugs) interact with omega 3 fish oil. Neither the pill nor its action becomes affected itself;and therefore fish oil does not affect the pill’s ability to maintain birth control. The oral contraceptive can interfere with the action that omega 3 fish oils has on triglycerides, a type of cholesterol. Birth control pills that are involved include ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel (Triphasil), ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone and Ortho Novum.

Blood-pressure drugs (anti hypertensive drugs) can interact with omega 3 supplements. I’ve always found it a good idea to begin a patient who has mild to moderate blood pressure on magnesium and omega 3 supplements first – before recommending they see their doctor for a drug prescription for hypertension (elevated blood pressure). And in many cases, the blood pressure became more controlled and stable. But in other cases it made little difference, and only a pharmaceutical drug seemed to do the trick.
Omega 3 fish oil supplements have the effect of lowering blood pressure, and if a person is already taking a prescribed anti-hypertensive when they start taking the omega 3 then they may experience a drop in their BP. This is not an uncommon experience. Their doctor could titrate their dose accordingly, but will generally (most know little to nothing about omega 3 – apart from “it thins the blood”) advise the patient to stop taking the omega 3. This is an opportunity to get the patient off the drug!Some of these high blood pressure drugs include Capoten (captopril), Vasotec (enalapril), Cozaar (losartan), Cardizem (diltiazem), Diovan (valsartan), Lasix (furosemide), Norvasc (amlodipine) and many other similar drugs.

Weight-loss drugs like Xenical (orlistat) is a pharmaceutical (prescribed) drug that prevents fats from being absorbed from the digestive system. Some experts believe that if Xenical is taken together with omega 3 fish oil, that the action of the Xenical will prohibit the absorption of the fish oil. It is therefore best to ensure that you take these at least 4 to 6 hours apart.

Anti-coagulant drugs or drugs that affect the blood’s clotting mechanism. Caution is advised is you take the following drugs as well as omega 3 fish oil, especially if you want to take 3,000mg daily or more. I’ve known many patients on these drugs who did take fish oil, but generally in a lower dose of 1000 to 2000mgs per day with no issues. I’ve seen a few others who suffered with nosebleeds every time they tried to take more than 1000 mg per day, and these were the people who were not taking any prescribed NSAIDS or anti-coagulant drugs. They were just bleeders!

These drugs include NSAIDS such as aspirin, Voltaren (diclofenac), Advil, Motrin (ibuprofen), as well as anti-coagulant drugs like Coumadin (heparin, warfarin), Plavix (clopidogrel).

Can Omega 3 Fish oil Be Used Intravenously?

I recently watched a very interesting You Tube video in which Robert G. Martindale MD, PhD. explains guidelines on the use of omega-3 fatty acids in parenteral nutrition. Dr. Martindale is a Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal and General Surgery at the Oregon Health & Science University, in Portland, Oregon. The doctor mentioned that in 2013, parenteral omega 3 became available for use and is a superior way to reduce inflammation. He said regardless of where the inflammation was coming from, it made no difference if it was inflammatory arthritis, diabetes or even cancer which according to Martindale is also an inflammatory process that responds to omega 3 fish oils.

Dr. Martindale recommends the European guidelines for parenteral nutrition, which are 0.1 to 0.2 grams per kilogram of bodyweight. This would mean that an 80-kilogram person would require from 8000 up to 16000mgs by way of an IV infusion.
Having a nutrient infused like omega 3 makes sense, when you swallow fish oil it has to be digested and absorbed, and there are many reasons why this may not be as easily accessible for the body than getting it placed right into a vein.

Is Omega 3 Any Good For Dry Eyes?
Do you suffer from dry eyes? It is a most annoying condition affecting millions daily. Common kinds of treatments include eye drops that you buy at the chemist, and some even take anti-inflammatory drugs to help. But many people also take omega 3 fish oil for their drye eye syndrome, because it works! Fish oil contains a high amount of omega 3 that is necessary for healthy eyes to develop. There are many potential causes of dry eye syndrome, including diabetes, certain prescribed drugs or just plain getting older. Every time you blink your eyes you spread fresh tears across the surface of the eyes, this is essential because the tears help to lubricate the eyes and help to remove any dust or debris which maybe on the surface. If you don’t have enough tears or if your tear formation is not healthy because it lacks sufficient nutrients (like fats) to produce a healthy amount of tears then your eyes can suffer. Symptoms of dry eyes include burning, itchy, scratchy or blurry vision. If left unattended it can lead to eye and even vision damage. Omega 3 fish oils help dry eyes not only by being involved in the production of tears, but also in reducing any potential inflammation around the eyes.

Is Omega 3 Any Good For A Male Sexually?

Omega 3 fish oils have proven to be of benefit to both men and women. If we start with the guys studies have shown that adding omega 3 to your diet helps to increase bloodflow to the penis, in addition to help in lowering the blood pressure. Males with higher blood pressure can more easily suffer from erectile dysfunction, and omega 3 helps here. Omega 3 fish oil is a great and easy way to increase your intake of EPA and DHA and help. Taking omega 3 can help your circulation throughout your body without exception, including all your limbs, organs and even your brain and your penis. But it goes further because studies have also found that omega 3 supplementation can improve the health and quality of sperm. I saw this study in the Asian Journal of Andrology from 2012 regarding how important omega 3s are when it comes to male sperm quality.
This study showed that fertile men tend to have higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids in their blood as well as sperm in comparison with infertile men. The other interesting point was that men who were fertile tended to have a much higher omega 6 to 3 ratio.
Naturally, guys with sexual health issues should understand that smoking affects the circulation and that if they have erectile issues then quitting smoking is good. Also, there are many kinds of prescribed drugs that definitely can affect this area and they are the high blood pressure drugs and some anti depressants. Check in with your medical doctor if this is the case. Making good dietary choices is sound idea and will only compliment and enhances any omega 3 supplementation you may be taking.


Is Omega 3 Any Good For A Female Sexually?

Taking omega 3 fatty acids regularly can benefit women’s health in several ways, including their cardiovascular system, their immune system but also their sexuality. For example, studies have found that omega 3 supplementation can help those with anxiety and depression to feel better; this can lead to an increase in the desire for intimacy for many people. Omega 3 also helps to increase dopamine levels that can lead to an improvement in moods and leading to arousal.

Omega 3 fatty acids help with skin moisturisation in addition to supporting the health of mucous membranes throughout the body, helping prevent dryness and creating lubrication that is required around the peri-menopause and also during menopause especially.

By taking omega 3 supplementation as well as eating more fish or other omega 3 rich sources of food in the diet, women will likely notice less painful periods, and less inflammation and pain when it comes to conditions like endometriosis. Female infertility generally involves levels of inflammation ranging from mild to severe and also infection as these are commonly related to endometriosis and pelvic infection. Important considerations of treating conditions affecting female infertility effectively include enhancing the immune system as well as reducing levels of low-grade chronic inflammation. Omega 3 fatty acids also help to support the healthy implantation of the embryo in the uterus.

Who Shouldn’t Take Omega 3 Fish Oil?

There are three categories of people in my experience who should think carefully about taking omega 3 supplements and if they do, let it be at least under supervision of a qualified health care professional. It’s not that these people should nottake omega 3necessarily; they just need to be cautious and understand the pros and cons. Let’s have a look at a few groups:

People who expect a quick miracle. Some people will take omega 3 for a few weeks in high-dose and then be disappointed that “their blood pressure didn’t drop”. I’ve witnessed this several times in my clinic over the years. It takes time for essential fatty acids to work in your body; it can take many months or even a year or more in long-term chronic conditions, especially of inflammatory nature like rheumatoid arthritis.

When you bleed very easily or have a blood-based condition that prevents your blood from clotting properly. Your blood’s clotting mechanism is affected by omega 3, not in a bad way necessarily but some people have found (particularly those born with a blood clotting disorder) that they bleed more easily when taking omega 3 fish oil supplements, especially when those doses are 3000 mgs per day or even higher. The real concern is that a person may have a blood based disease and a further medical complication on top of that like a stomach ulcer, an intracranial bleed or a pre or post-surgical case. Most people won’t fall into this category and can safely take omega 3 supplements however. It always pays to err on the side of caution and if you are in doubt seek professional help.

You are taking certain prescribed drugs. There are many prescribed pharmaceutical drugs that don’t interact with omega 3 fish oils, but there are a few that you will need to be mindful of so let’s talk about that.

If you do take a prescribed drug then do let your doctor know if you are taking omega 3 supplements. If you take a non-prescribed drug regularly it is a good idea at the least to ask your chemist if there could be any possible interaction with the drug you are taking and omega 3 supplements. Be careful with any blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin (Coumadin) or anti-platelet drugs like Plavix. Be very careful also if you take aspirin or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs like Advil, Ibuprofen, Motin, Aleve, paracetamol, etc.) regularly for pain or inflammation and take omega 3 daily, you may experience easy bleeding as well.

How Much Omega 3 Fish Oil For Depression?

I can still remember the news when it hit the media regarding the potential for omega 3 fish oils and depression, it was in 1998, the year I moved to New Zealand. A study was published in the Journal of Affective Disorders. I think this was the same year Google was a start-up, these are all significant events indeed. Researches discovered to their surprise that patients with depression were consistently exhibiting low to very low levels of red blood cell of the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA.

The following year in 1999 a study was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry involving 30 manic-depressive patients taking omega 3 supplementation. An incredible 64 percent of participants who took 10,000 mgs daily for sixteen weeks (only 4 months) reported “marked improvements” in their depression. In the group who took a placebo for the same time period only 19 percent experienced an improvement. Studies since then have discovered that the countries where people consume the highest amounts of omega 3 have a tendency to have the lowest rates of depression, and vice-versa, the countries with the lowest levels of omega 3 intakes (often the omega 6 consumption is too high, way too high) tend to have the highest rates of depression.

There are even a few studies now emerging that have shown that regular omega 3 supplementation can help support those with bipolar disorders. There are only very few effective treatment solutions currently for this condition, and they are generally in the form of strong pharmaceutical preparations. It makes sense for those with bipolar disorders to remain on 4000 to 6000 mg of omega 3 daily for at least 6 to 12 months, research validates this now.

So what is making omega 3 so effective for depression? Research has discovered that omega 3 makes up a part of the cell membrane of just about all the cells in the entire human body. It was discovered that healthy omega cellular membrane levels allows for serotonin (the anti-depressive feel-good hormone) to more easily travel from one cell to another. A lot easier in fact, and research is still being conducted on the exact mechanisms involved, but so far it has been determined that omega 3 has a most direct effect on serotonin levels in the brain and gut.

Some leading health experts of today believe that increasing rates of depression and anxiety (especially in the USA) have come to a large degree through the highly processed and refined diets of many. Many people have been eating less eggs and butter, grass-fed beef, wild caught fish and other prime sources of omega 3 and instead consuming more food sources containing omega 6, especially oils like corn, sunflower and soybean oils.
I recommend a dose of 3000 mg per day (1000mg three times daily with meals) for those with depression.

Can Omega 3 Fish Oil Help With Acne?

You would be surprised how many people get acne. It’s not just teenagers; studies have found an increase in the amount of people going to see a skin specialist (dermatologist) regarding the health of their skin, especially regarding acne. My guess is that it involves a stressful and hectic lifestyle and a poor diet high in inflammatory mediators, involving things like alcohol, convenience or take-away foods and little in the way of fresh and what is considered healthy.

Skin breakouts in teenagers often tend to settle down and subside once their hormones settle down, but when adults have acne and don’t understand their triggers it can go on for years, sometimes a lifetime. You’ll need to learn how to break the cycle of excess sebum (skin oil) production. The sebum and dead skin cells clog up your skin’s cells, bacteria multiply, inflammation forms and your immune system attempts to counter and fight back. This action is what causes your body to form pimples or acne, it is known as an inflammatory response involving skin redness, swelling and spots on skin When it comes to clearing up acne it is best to look at a holistic approach to skin healing. The holistic approach involves managing your day to day stress, looking at natural topical solutions for your skin and taking a quality omega 3 fish oil supplement daily. Your skin will become less prone to spots, redness, pain and inflammation because omega 3 will help to calm and settle your body’s inflammatory responses to excess bacteria and sebum production. The other benefit you get from taking omega 3 when you have acne is that it will help to regulate acne-causing hormones like testosterone and other androgens.

You will need to take an omega 3 with good levels of both EPA and DHA to help your skin if you have acne. These two essential fatty acids have both shown to help calm the inflammation and regulate the hormones. Choose omega 3 supplements made from fish oil, as it will have the best levels. There are essentially three different ways in which omega 3 fish oil supplements can help you with acne:
Hormonal regulation. Omega 3 helps to regulate the production of testosterone and other androgens; this in turn helps to regulate sebum production. Less sebum produced means less chance of acne.

Powerful anti-inflammatory. Omega 3 contains both EPA and DHA, but EPA is the more anti-inflammatory of the two. It becomes converted into anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agents that power your immune system up to deal with the bacterial overload as well as skin redness and inflammation.
IGF-1 Reduction. Your liver produces a hormone called IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor) that has been found to be involved in the pathogenesis (the beginning or cause of a disease) of acne by increasing inflammatory agents in the body as well as increasing sebum production from sebocytes. Omega 3 has been shown to reduce the liver’s production of IGF-1.

Diet is the big one however when it comes to acne, and a study published a few years ago in the Archives of Dermatology involving 1,200 teenagers from Papua New Guinea and Paraguay who were fed a diet of only fruits, vegetables, seafood and lean meats revealed that the participants did not suffer from any cases of acne, in contrast to teenagers who live in for example California who commonly develop acne.
I would recommend a dose of 1000 mgs three to four times daily (3000 – 4000mg/day) for those who want to improve their body’s ability to reduce inflammation and sebum production, but best results come to those who also reduce their omega 6 intake – processed and fried foods, take-away foods etc. You’ll also need to wait at least three to four months to see an effect on your skin. Longer for the best results, be patient!

How Much Omega 3 Fish Oil For Hormonal Acne?

I’ve seen many adult or older patients over the years with hormonal acne. Adult acne is very real, and unlike teenage acne, it doesn’t just “magically disappear” as the hormones become more balanced with getting older. Hormonal acne for example is common for many women during different stages of their life, especially during menstruation, pregnancy and then menopause. The hormone that is often to blame is testosterone, because this male hormone helps trigger acne by over-stimulating the sebum (oil) glands, making the skin’s pores more likely to become clogged and increasingly likely to develop acne spots.

Omega 3 supplementation helps the body to produce prostaglandins (a type of hormone) allowing your body to more effectively and efficiently produce testosterone. Studies have consistently shown that omega 3 supplementation helps to lower testosterone levels in the bloodstream of participants.
Taking Omega 3 for hormonal acne helps the body produce a family of hormones known as prostaglandins, which can regulate the amount of testosterone your body produces. In a 2013 study, women with polycystic ovarian syndrome who were given an Omega 3 supplement for eight weeks were found to have significantly lower levels of testosterone in their blood streams than at the start of the trial. A good dose of omega 3 for hormonal acne is 3000mg per day with foods.

Can Omega 3 Fish Oil Give You Acne?

You may be like me and have olive skin and oily skin to begin with and are worried that taking omega 3 supplements will lead to more oiliness or even greasiness. You may have also heard that omega 3 can help many skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and even dermatitis.

You need not worry! Rather than making your skin become more oily, omega 3 helps to regulate the production of this “oiliness” by helping to reduce testosterone levels, a male hormone implicated in acne and oily skin. Omega 3 can help to soothe any inflammation in the body at the same time.

You will need to be careful however with any omega 3 fish oils supplements, because those that are rancid will only potentially make your acne worse! Fish oils are fragile; they consist of long-chained polyunsaturated fatty acids and are prone to oxidation. This could potentially push the body into oxidative stress, a driver behind inflammatory conditions such as acne. Keep your omega 3 supplements in the refrigerator to keep them fresh and invest in good quality supplements, such as Omega 3 Plus.

What Is Molecularly Distilled Fish Oil?

Molecular distillation (MD) is a relatively new purification concept with fish oils, it just wasn’t around when I was younger, all we had was essentially “fish oil”, the raw and crude oil literally squeezed from fatty fish. It was gross to be honest! Today it is not like this at all, because science has found a way to not only purify and to seriously cleanse the oil, but it becomes more concentrated and in addition the process has the ability to reduce any fishy odors or taste.

When it comes to molecular distillation, the raw fish oil is placed under enormous vacuum pressure. When you increase the vacuum of a liquid you can almost “boil” the liquid so you need to be very careful, as you can imagine, this process is extremely complicated but performed with precision these days. So what happens with this vacuum is that the oil begins to separate at different stages of the process based on their molecular weight.

The first oil extracted under molecular distillation is EPA and then DHA becomes liberated. What is now left behind essentially are toxins like mercury, dioxins, PCBs and various other chemicals. Their “boiling points” are quite different from the fish oil so they are left behind right at the end and don’t end up in your omega 3 fish oil capsule. Every single tiny drop goes through this extensive process, leaving nothing behind but omega 3 EFAs; you now have a pure and clean product.

Molecular distillation is such a highly efficient way of producing ultra-clean, pure refined fish oil oil with virtually zero contaminants of any kind. So few contaminants remain in the molecularly distilled oil in fact that it is very difficult to even measure the level with ultra modern laboratory techniques such as gas chromatography or HPLC methods. Can you now see why omega 3 fish oils that have been molecularly distilled are even safe for pregnant women and babies? You can’t say that about eating tuna anymore, a fish that was once one of the best in the ocean to eat.
To summarize, I would say that the process of molecular distillation is completed to:

  • To concentrate the EPA and DHA essential fatty acids in the fish oil
  • To purify and cleanse the oil from any contaminants like mercury, dioxins, PCBs
  • To reduce any fishy odors
What Is The Difference Between Fish Oil And Omega 3?

The difference essentially is that fish oil is the best natural and most recognized source of omega 3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA due to its high concentration. Omega 3 on the other hand can be obtained from both fish oil as well as various plant-based sources such as flaxseed, walnuts, hemp and chia seeds. These foods however are rich in ALA (alpha linolenic acid) that has to be converted into EPA and DHA, and lengthy and very inefficient process however.

The different types of omega 3 can be confusing however, as there are EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and ALA alpha-linolenic acid. Many studies now recommend for the best therapeutic effect to take omega 3 fish oils as your supplemental source of omega-3 fatty acids, apart from eating oily or fatty fish like sardines, anchovies, mackerel, salmon, etc. While plant sources with ALA may have the same benefits, a lot less has been studies regarding their therapeutic value bout in comparison to EPA and DHA.

What Is Omega 3 Fish Oil With Astaxanthin?

I wanted to create a product that could support a person’s immune system significantly, and by combining a premium cold-water deep-sea omega 3 fish oil with astaxanthin we have created a powerful antioxidant supplement. Studies have shown that omega 3 combined with astaxanthin can significantly inhibit oxidative stress.Research has also found this combination to be effective even for boosting lymph node health.

Astaxanthin is a blood-red pigment and is produced naturally in the freshwater microalgae Haematococcus pluvialis. Research has found astaxanthin to be a carotenoid, a type of antioxidant. It's the natural substance responsible for giving lobster and salmon its reddish pink colour and flamingo feathers their pink hue, both algae eaters. Research studies have shown taking astaxanthin can have many health benefits similar to taking omega-3. These include better eye, heart, and brain health. Astaxanthin may also reduce the growth of H. pylori bacteria, one of the main causes of peptic ulcers. Each dose of Omega Plus contains 250mcg of Astaxanthin.

The astaxanthin in Omega-3 Plus is distilled from red algae (Haematococcus pluvialis) and not from salmon, which may be farmed.While fish oil is typically a shade of yellow, astaxanthin gives the Omega 3 Plus fish oil capsule a reddish colour., a substance that has been called the “king” of carotenoids; it is a powerful antioxidant with broad health implications.

While krill oil does contain astaxanthin, it is only a small amount and this generally needs to be topped-up with higher amounts. The main drawback with krill oil however is that it has quite low levels of the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, in addition to krill being the only source of food for larger ocean dwelling animals, especially the humpback whale which relies on krill as its only source of nutrition.


Can I Take Fish Oil On An Empty Stomach?

I’ve always found that fish oil supplement should be taken should be taken with food. Regardless when you take your fish oil supplement, it's important to take it alongside a meal to maximize its absorption in the body. In particular, taking fish oil with a good source of fat (or a fatty meal) can increase the bioavailability of omega-3 fatty acids and enhance their effectiveness. But in saying all this, I’ve certainly noticed that there is a minority of people who feel better when they take fish oil away from meals – on an empty stomach. You notice these things when you work with patients for many years.

What Form Of Fish Oil Is Best, Liquid Or Gel Capsules?

It’s up to you really, most patients I’ve worked with have preferred to take capsules mainly due to convenience and also because with capsules you have the least likelihood of experiencing any possible kind of taste or smell, and this was I think the deciding factor for most people I know who want to take omega 3 fish oil long term – this is the only way to experience the most benefits. I’m one of those people who do like oily and fatty fish like herring, mackerel, and especially sardines and anchovies, I haven’t found that many people who do. If you eat fish or seafood then you may find that fish with a higher oil content not too bad. Many now are concerned about eating any kind of fish for many different kinds of reasons like:

- Too much mercury in fish. This been debunked, the fish also contain plenty of selenium, the trace element required to power-up the body’s selenoenzymes that are required to help clear toxic mercury. When you consume plenty of selenium (many are deficient) then you will detoxify mercury more easily.

- Fish stocks declining, we shouldn’t be eating any fish. Not all fish stocks are declining, some species are very well managed whereas others like sharks are killed daily at rates that are eye-watering to satisfy the shark-fin soup industry.

The other issue is in the digestion of the fats; some people simply cannot tolerate a teaspoon of fish oil without feeling queasy whereas others have no issues. I’ve found that children have no problems, especially if the fish oil is flavoured and they are introduced to small doses at first.

Why Is There Vitamin E In Fish Oil?

Small amounts of vitamin E tocopherols are added to high quality omega 3 fish to help protect them from oxidation. This in turn helps to increase the shelf life of an encapsulated omega 3 product.

Does Omega 3 Help With Weight Loss?

There are many different ways in which omega 3 fish oil can aid in weight loss. It is important to remember that omega 3 takes time to work in your body, and that there are no “guarantees” that omega 3 supplementation will make you loose weight. Omega 3 supplementation is best considered as part of your diet and lifestyle approach to maintaining weight. Lets have a look at 4 different ways omega 3 can help.

Omega 3 can help boost your metabolic rate.

There are various ways to measure your metabolism, including your metabolic rate and it is this metabolic rate that determines the amount of calories you burn every day. The faster the rate, the “hotter” the burn and the quicker your metabolism will work. This will result in weight loss, and if your metabolic rate remains sufficiently high you’ll not only lose weight, you’ll likely keep it off as well. There are different studies you can find online that support the use of omega 3 supplementation when it comes to increasing your metabolic rate. In one study, older women who took 3,000mgs daily for a period of three months resulting in a 14 percent increase in their metabolic rate. The average increase in other studies range from about 5 percent up to an almost 20 percent increase. The other interesting find was that those who remained on the omega 3 supplementation for several months had an increase in their muscle mass as well as a decrease in their body fat composition. The more fat they burned and the longer their metabolic rate remained elevated, the more weight they lost essentially. Therefore, omega 3 fish oil supplements can help speed up your metabolism, and if you can achieve any elevation in your metabolic rate (even if it is only 5 percent) then you are ahead of the game.

Omega 3 fish oil complements your exercise regime

It is important to understand this concept, that omega 3 supplementation does not only help to “amp-up” your metabolic rate leading to weight-loss. Fish oil supplementation forces your body to rely more on fats for energy production and less on carbohydrates. You’ll especially notice this if you cut right back on your carbohydrate intake and increase your intake of fish fats, nut & seeds and healthy oils like extra-virgin olive oil. Once your body starts to produce energy from fats more, your desire for carbs will start to drop off as well. Remember, you are also building more lean muscle as your metabolism increases. There are several studies that have shown that those who took fish oil in conjunction with their exercise regime were significantly more successful in losing (and maintaining weight loss) than those who relied on exercise alone. A interesting study I looked at reported that women who took on average of 3,000mgs of omega 3 fish oil daily were burning from 19 up to almost 30 percent more fat when they exercised regularly than those who don’t.

When you consume omega 3 fish oil supplements regularly, you will be increasing the amount of calories consumed and this in turn can power up your body to burn more fat. A bit like going keto I guess. A lot more studies are being conducted in this area right now.

Omega 3 fish oil can help reduce appetite and feelings of hunger.

I’ve often noticed in a clinical setting that those who take fish oil with most meals tend to feel fuller for longer after, sometimes much longer. This is a very useful action if you are looking at weight-loss! A feeling of fullness or satiety can help you put off that next snack. I’ve looked at various studies that showed for example when healthy adults were given more than 1000mgs of omega 3 supplements per day that they reported “feeling of fullness” for up to two hours after a meal. These effects do vary from one person to the other naturally, but it is possible for many to take omega 3 supplements three times daily with meals and to experience less desire to eat. Eating less food means losing weight.

Omega 3 fish oil can help you lose size by helping you build muscle tissue.

Sometimes when you weigh yourself on a set of scales the true weight can be quite misleading. You may appear to look thinner, but when you weigh yourself you still feel you weigh too much. How is this even possible? Your weight doesn’t seem to have budged but people are telling you you’ve lost weight, it’s just crazy. Muscle weighs more than fat, it is more solid, and this is the reason why a tape measure is an important tool when it comes to tracking your body fat percentages rather than only relying on the scales.
Some people may be disappointed after taking omega 3 supplements expecting to lose weight, and this may explain why some studies haven’t linked omega 3 supplementation with weight loss, because omega 3 helps to build muscle tissue that weighs more than fat.

An interesting study revealed that participants who took 4,000mg of omega 3 fish oil in a clinical trial failed to loose more weight than those who were taking placebo capsules, just some other encapsulated oil like olive oil for example. What happened was interesting indeed, the group taking the fish oil lost more than 1.1 pounds of body fat (500 grams) and gained more than 1.1 pounds of muscle in that same time period.

Many studies have shown omega 3 fish oil supplements to help reduce waist circumference and waist to hip ratio more effectively. So to conclude, fish oil doesn’t necessarily help you to quickly drop weight, what it does help with is making it easier for you inches, helping you drop a clothing size or two.

Why Does Omega 3 Plus Contain Vitamin D3?

Vitamin D3 was primarily added to Omega 3 Plus to help support immune health, because vitamin D is particularly important for the wellbeing of the immune system. For example, a study conducted in 2020 revealed that those who were hospitalized with Covid-19 who had sufficient levels of vitamin D were the patients who suffered significantly less from adverse outcomes and even death.

Vitamin D was also added on the premise that many people don’t get sufficient sunlight or dietary sources of vitamin D and may be at an increased risk of many different kinds of chronic diseases as a result of vitamin deficiencies. Research has shown that having healthy vitamin D levels can assist in keeping your immune system in great shape, protecting against coughs, colds and respiratory illness and many other kinds of infections and inflammatory conditions.

Each dose of OMEGA 3 Plus contains 50 mcg (2,000 iu) of vitamin D3. Vitamin D is fat-soluble, meaning it needs a fat source to be absorbed properly. Combining Vitamin D with the omega-3 fatty acids found in OMEGA 3 Plus can help facilitate adequate vitamin D3 absorption into the body.
Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine” vitamin, an essential vitamin that plays several critical roles in the proper functioning of the body. In addition, vitamin D is thought to play a role in cardiovascular disease by affecting inflammatory mediators.

Can Omega 3 Fish Oil Cause Acid Reflux?

After having worked with countless people over a prolonged period of time in a naturopathic clinical setting, I could say that around 5 to 10 percent of people who take omega 3 supplements (especially if they haven’t taken them before) may notice belching, heartburn or reflux.

There are different things you can do to minimise any digestive discomfort, but remember that 90 odd percent of people who do take omega 3 supplements will have virtually no discomfort taking them.

Too much fish oil (especially if you are not used to taking and digesting the omega 3 can cause temporary unwanted and sometimes unpleasant effects like fish burps, heartburn, bad breath, soft or loose stools, and some may even experience nosebleeds. Always start with a low dose for several days, and take your omega 3 supplements with foods, as this will minimize the chances of developing acid reflux. Some swear that by taking omega 3 fish oil capsules that have been refrigerated (with meals of course) they notice a difference in reduction of “fish burps” and any heartburn whereas others I’ve spoken too have told me it made little difference. This is something you’ll need to try for yourself I guess.

If you get no relief from any of these suggestions there maybe an underlying stomach problem like helicobacter pylori infection leading to heartburn or acid reflux. This will be the case especially if you react to different kinds of foods or beverages as well as to omega 3 fish. In this case you may need to see a health-care professional to discuss the correct treatment.

Can Omega 3 Fish Oil Help With Thyroid Health?

Have you been to a health food shop lately, or taken a look online at Amazon or IHerb for example? There are literally thousands of different kinds of dietary supplements you can take for all kinds of conditions, including thyroid issues. In fact, you’ll find many hundreds of different kinds of thyroid-supporting supplements online, it’s truly amazing. My recommendations are for you to be careful and to go easy, the choice is limitless, but what do you really need, because some thyroid supplements (like iodine) can even harm your thyroid if taken incorrectly.

Some of the most important nutrients to take to support your thyroid to allow it to perform optimally include zinc, selenium, iodine, iron, and B vitamins. Omega 3 fish oils contain the anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids EPA and DHA that help support the immune system and studies have found that these fatty acids can decrease disease activity, support auto-immune diseases (like Hashimotos thyroiditis) and help a person lower their use of anti-inflammatory drugs like steroids.
Many people’s diets today contain an abundance of highly processed foods, foods that contain high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids (like GMO corn and soy oil). Increasing levels of inflammation occur when diets are tipped in favour of a high omega 6 to 3 ratio.

The evidence is strong when it comes to omega 3 reducing inflammation, but there is also evidence that suggests that omega 3 supplementation may boost thyroid hormone uptake, which is great news for those who have hypothyroidism, a condition that a large percentage of people suffer with today. A Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry study from 2010 discovered that animals who received fish oil had higher levels of thyroid hormone receptors and thyroid hormone enzyme levels than those who didn’t.

How Often Should You Take Omega 3 Fish Oil?

There is no “specific time” throughout the day that it is best to take fish oil supplements, but the general consensus is that it is best taken with foods or meals for the best absorption.
You could take your omega 3 supplement with any meal, but in my opinion I think it is best with breakfast and lunch and dinner. Some patients I used to have would take their fish once per day, others would take it twice, and then there were other who would take their fish oil capsules three times daily with all meals.

Can Omega 3 Fish Oil Help With Brain Fog?

There are many potential causes of brain fog, a most annoying condition. It is characterized by a lack of focus, being forgetful, and a “cotton wool feeling” in the head described as fuzzy for example. I’ve seen many patients over the years that complained of brain fog, and there are as many different presentations of brain fog as there are different causes. Candida can cause it, so can SIBO, but it can also be caused by lack of sufficient sleep, too much screen time, a stressful lifestyle and sheer overwork, an all too common occurrence today.

Some researchers believe that brain fog is caused by high levels of inflammation as well as changes or fluctuations in specific hormone levels linked to mood, focus and concentration and clarity. Imbalanced hormones end up causing all manner of potential problems including menstruation/fertility, thyroid function, and the HPA stress axis can be affected as well, causing all kinds of further problems like increased anxiety, insomnia and appetite dysregulation, blood sugar problems, diabetes and plenty more. Omega 3 essential fatty acids are just that, essential for our bodies. We can’t produce them so therefore must get them through our diet. These fats tend to be highly concentrated in our brain and have proven to be very important for cognitive and behaviour. If we lack sufficient omega 3 in our diets we may experience mood swings, depression, mental fatigue, poor memory and even increased levels of anxiety. All of these symptoms can induce a feeling of “brain fog”.

What Is Cold Pressed Omega 3 Fish Oil?

Processing fish oil is a vital step, all fish oils need to be processed in order to remove all the possible contaminants and to pass stringent laws and consumer standards. Heat is always required when it comes to processing the oil, even the “cold-pressed” fish oils are heated during processing to remove all the impurities, regardless of what people tell you.

The heat required to process fish oil does not really cause oxidative damage to the oil itself, but it can affect the rate and speed of the oxidation process. Once free radicals are removed (toxins) and the fish oil is manufactured in an oxygen-free environment, there is virtually no oxidation that can take place. This is why the best fish oils are nitrogen-flushed and can handle increased temperature during their manufacturing processes as well as after being made in terms of the shipping, delivering and storage of the oil.

Should I Take Omega 3 Fish Oil Before Surgery?

There will be concerns about the potential risk of having an adverse bleed that can be associated with omega 3’s anti-platelet effect, and your doctor and surgeon will be quick to point these things out to you. You are best to stop all dietary supplements before you go into hospital for surgery, at the very least check in with your doctor and discuss this further.
You can always start taking the omega 3 after your operation, but discuss with your doctor first is always the best advice. Each and every case is different.

How Do I Make Sure Omega 3 Fish Oil Gets Absorbed Better?

You are always best to take omega 3 fish oil supplements with foods for the reason being that digestion is improved if taken WITH foods rather than on an empty stomach. For many people (especially those older than 40 or 50yrs of age) would benefit further by taking a digestive enzyme supplement at the same time as the omega 3 supplements. It can make the world of difference for many people, especially those who are “easily full” after eating, or those who have a small appetite. Many people today suffer with hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) and also poor pancreatic function (poor pancreatic enzyme levels I’ve noticed in all too many stool tests).

If you have had your gallbladder removed and you want to take omega 3 then I highly recommend you try taking digestive enzymes along with your fish oil because it can make a tremendous difference as far as digestive comfort is. I have seen this apply to so many patients I’ve seen over the years, particularly those patients who could not tolerate taking omega 3 capsules because of gallbladder (or stomach) issues.

Take omega 3 supplements with a meal containing fats, like butter, a fish meal or maybe even a salad that has added flaxseed oil etc. This will aid digestion. I also like people to increase their intake of lemon juice, as it will “pep-up” a “flat” stomach in about 4 to 6 weeks when used regularly, it's my clinical experience. Have the juice of one lemon daily, either in water or on foods, steamed vegetables or salad dressings. There are many ways to incorporate lemon juice into your diet.

Can Omega 3 Fish Oil Cause Diarrhea?

Developing loose stools after taking omega 3 fish oils can depend on many factors, including whether they take any medications for example. Most people I have known over the years who take omega 3 fish oils daily have experienced no issues at all in terms of side effects. A lot also depends on common sense – no so common today as I’ve always maintained on my channel.

If you are new to taking fish oil, i.e.; you have never taken this kind of supplement before then may I suggest caution? Always be cautious of any new supplement and take a low dose for several days to begin with, my recommendations are to take it easy for the first week in fact. Take one capsule (around 1000mg) per day with a main meal (lunch or dinner) for three days. If all is well, increase to taking one capsule twice daily, once with lunch and once with your evening meal. If this is OK by day six, then you are probably OK to take one capsule two to three times daily. This has been my experience with the majority of patients I’ve worked with.

If you stay on a dose of two to three capsules per day regularly you shouldn’t be having any loose stools as a result, unless you are consuming too many fats and oils otherwise in your diet or if you eat too much fruit of have some kind of gut problem like a parasite for example.
But, there are always exceptions naturally, in terms of causes like people taking cholesterol drugs (Lipitor, Zocor), NSAID drugs like Voltaren (Diclofenac, for pain) or PPI drugs (proton pump inhibitor drugs for reflux disease) like Omeprazole and various other pharmaceutical agents daily.
Those who have had their gallbladder removed are a lot more prone to developing diarrhea if they take fish oil. They are definitely in need of taking digestive enzymes once or twice daily to optimize their absorption, like CanXida Restore for example, a product that contains digestive enzymes including lipases that help the body to digest fats more easily, reducing the chances of the oil passing through causing loose stools or diarrhea.

Is It Good To Take Omega 3 Before Bed?

In my opinion there are three main issues when it comes to taking omega 3 supplementation just before bedtime. The first issue would be your digestive system, how would it feel taking a dose of omega 3 fish oil before you go to sleep? Would you experience any degree (likely only mild) of burping or bloating? Would you get any after taste later in the evening? This is only something you can answer yourself, I have found that there were many people who experienced no issues taking fish oil capsules at night before bed, but I’ve also seen people who couldn’t take them at night these were the ones commonly with issues, often involving the stomach pancreas, liver or gallbladder. The more chronic cases of people with gut issues may even experience side-effects after taking fish oil in any dose and any time of the day, with or without foods etc.

The second issue that arises is that if you have any kind of inflammation. If you have any kind of painful arthritis, spondylitis, polymyalgia rheumatica, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis etc.; then you may be one of those who wakes up in pain or with a lot of morning stiffness (read: morning inflammation). I’ve known many patients over the years who were taking NSAID drugs every day. We call these drugs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), like aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen. I also know of the side effects all too well of many of these drugs, I’ve witnessed it first-hand for many years. Side effects like heartburn, reflux, constipation, blood clotting diseases and plenty more. Studies have found that NSAID drugs often take longer to work than many think, and are best taken up to 8 hours before the peak pain is experienced.

The action of both NSAID drugs and omega 3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA is quite similar, they both work on a similar biochemical level. They both inhibit production of pro-inflammatory eicosanoids by inhibiting the COX pathways (leading to thromboxanes, leukotrienes, etc.).

Now that you know that omega-3 fatty acids work on a very similar biochemical pathway as the NSAID drugs (along with the side-effects), taking fish oil capsules before you go to sleep could make it easier for you to get out of bed in the morning. This could mean a greater level of comfort earlier in the day as opposed to all that pain and stiffness that many with arthritis face each day they wake-up.

The third interesting fact about taking omega 3 at night before bed is that it may aid in improving the quality of your sleep. I’ve looked at several studies involving children, teenagers and adults taking omega 3 supplements and then monitoring their sleeping patterns, before and after taking the omega 3 for several weeks or months. The results were quite amazing to say the least.

A UK study from 2014 involved 362 children, and it was an interesting study indeed because it is the first ever study to assess if there are any links between sleep and fatty acid status in healthy children. In the study, sleep problems were consistently found in those children who had the lowest levels of the essential fatty acid DHA in their blood. The study remarkably found that in the group of children who consistently took the omega 3 supplements were sleeping almost one hour more each night in comparison to the group of children who were taking a placebo, a capsule containing corn oil.

Other studies have found that those who take omega 3 regularly have higher serum melatonin levels than those who don’t, and melatonin is one of the main hormones involved in sleep quality and duration. Since the late 1990’s there have been a significant amount of studies been published involving sleep and omega 3, including research into how important omega 3 is when it comes to our nervous system, it helps support our brain, nervous system and stress axis by working on reducing inflammation throughout the body. Omega 3 improves rest and sleep and even allows us to relax more and deeper. A few studies also support the use of omega 3 with sleep apnoea.

As you can see, there are several reasons why you could benefit from taking omega 3 fish oil capsules just before you go to bed at night. It doesn’t take long to figure out if they “agree” with you or not at night, just see how you go and give it a good try before you decide it’s not for you.

Can Fish Oil Cause Headaches?

I’ve never heard of it, and then I when I went to Dr. Google for an online consultation that lasted half-an hour. The Dr. came up with nothing as I expected. That’s not too say that somebody may well develop headaches from too much fish oil due to gallbladder of liver congestion. Who knows?

How Much Omega 3 Fish Oil Per Day For Bodybuilding?

Those who are into bodybuilding will benefit from taking omega 3 fish oil supplements in several ways, such as reducing muscle soreness, improving range of motion and even muscle strength. Omega 3 fatty acids have also been found to help with protein synthesis in our bodies, and this means they help to increase the breakdown of protein and to help to turn it into muscle fuel. This allows the muscle tissue to grow and become strong, but also to maintain that strength.

One of the biggest reasons those who like to build mass and strength take fish oil is due to the anti-inflammatory properties I feel however. Omega 3 fish oil is high in the anti-inflammatory essential fatty acids EPA and DHA.

For the average bodybuilder I can recommend 4000mg per day (2 capsules twice daily with meals), and for those who are hard-core and competitive will benefit from 6,000mgs per day all with foods (3 caps 3 times daily with meals).

Does Omega 3 Give You Energy?

Yes, I absolutely believe this from working with omega 3 fish oil supplements for more than thirty years with patients, I can certainly vouch for this. Think first about all the positive actions that omega 3 EFAs has on the body. Omega 3 supplements are linked with improving memory and concentration, and it has been shown through research to aid those with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and many different chronic conditions involving pain and fatigue.

A study published in a sports nutrition journal in 2018 mentioned that omega 3 supplements can help you burn more fat and to help your body use it as a source of energy. Omega 3 has also been linked with improving how we relax, our blood pressure levels, blood sugar levels and even our sleep quality, all factors in fatigue.

What Are The Omega 3 Benefits For Women?

Omega-3 fatty acids are of significant benefit to women, and because they cannot be manufactured by the human body they must therefore be provided by way of diet (seafood, fatty fish, walnuts, flaxseed oil) or by conveniently adding omega 3 fish oil capsules to the diet.

Women benefit from omega 3 right throughout their life, in all its stages.

When it comes to pregnancy and breastfeeding, omega 3 plays an important role. Women who consume lots of omega 3 tend to have a slightly longer pregnancy with improved quality of childbirth.Women who supplement with omega 3 fatty acids (through diet and/or capsules) will be building up their adipose (body fat) stores of the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. These stores are valuable for the developing foetus as these fatty acids are vital for optimal cognitive and cerebral development of the infant. Omega 3 will also improve the quality of breast milk produced.

A review of more than 60 studies showed that omega 3 supplementation (fish oil capsules) reduced risks for low birth weight infants, the risk of perinatal deaths as well as toxaemia. Fish oil it seems can help to play an important role in reducing the risk of a miscarriage as well as preventing various pregnancy complications. When it comes to fertility, omega 3 supplements have shown through studies to improve egg (and sperm) quality.

When it comes to menstruation, I have recommended omega 3 fish oil supplements for women for well over twenty years in my naturopathic clinic (now retired) who suffered from PMS or menstrual pain. Often times a woman will have an influx or big increase in pro-inflammatory mediators that push the pain up, causing cramps that sometimes can be pretty bad. A controlled study from 2012 revealed that doses of 2000mg of omega 3 per day had a significant impact on both emotional as well as physical symptoms. I’ve certainly seen this in the clinic; especially I also recommended a reduction in omega 6 fatty acids (fried foods, take away, convenience foods) in addition to taking a B-complex vitamin and some Magnesium tablets daily for the best results. An approach that involves stress reduction, the right foods and some omega 3 supplements can make all the difference when it comes to a pain-free menstrual cycle for many women.

Many women now suffer from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition associated with weight gain, higher androgen (male hormone) production and insulin resistance. Many women with PCOS also experience pain and fertility, and a quarter will go on to develop Type II diabetes. A study published in 2013 showed that omega 3 supplementation can help those with PCOS by reducing inflammatory levels, decreasing insulin resistance as well as increasing the anti-oxidant capacity. Other studies have found that omega 3 can help with potential fertility rates in PCOS cases. Those with endometriosis may also notice benefits from taking good doses ongoing of omega 3 fish oil, reduced levels of inflammation means reductions in pain and discomfort.

Omega 3 is a good supplement for women to take who are pre (or peri) menopausal, those who are in menopause and also for women who are post menopause, ladies who are a little older benefit as much if not more so than their younger counterparts.
Various symptoms of menopause include heightened levels of anxiety or depression for some, vaginal dryness, accelerated skin ageing, higher risk for heart disease and osteoporosis, and various other complaints, I’ve heard many after working with women in my clinic for a long time. One of the most common of symptoms many women experience is hot flashes, something that many ladies commonly experience as estrogen production can decrease, increase etc. A study from 2005 showed that when omega 3 fish oil capsules were given in a higher dose that participants experienced a lot less hot flushing and night sweats than those who were given a placebo instead. I’ve found clinically that many women report just “feeling better overall” after supplementing with fish oil capsules for several months. A good dose here would be around 3000 – 4000mg per day in divided doses with foods/meals, and the dosage should be maintained for at least 3 months, but preferably 6 to 12 months for the best outcomes.

Bone and connective tissue problems. Omega 3 has been found to help increase bone strength and bone formation in older women. This is good news for those who are looking to take something long-term to help with bone loss and the prevention of osteoporosis. Omega 3 is also good for arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis that some women suffer with dreadfully. Dosage is 4000mg daily.

Heart and circulatory system. Omega 3 is also known from extensive research to be good for heart disease prevention. As women get older, their risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease increases, especially post-menopausal because the hormone estrogen protects the heart. Blood pressure reduction, lowering of triglycerides and reduced plaque formation are all positive actions that omega 3 fish oil has on the CV system. The risk of developing a stroke is also reduced in those who take omega 3 supplements regularly, because the anti-inflammatory action of EPA helps to prevent platelets from clumping, forming clots that lead to strokes.

Mood age cognition benefits. There are many studies to be found online that support the use of omega 3 supplements for women as they age, especially to help prevent age-related memory decline, to help improve moods and lift depression. In many controlled studies higher intakes of omega 3 supplements daily have been linked with more positive moods.

Cancer prevention. I’m certainly not talking of “cancer cures” when I mention the benefits of taking omega 3 supplements for the prevention of cancer. The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA can help prevent the development of different kinds of cancers, particularly colon and breast cancer, and it has also been linked with helping those with uterine and various skin cancers.

A good dose for most women in my opinion is from 2000 – 3000mg each day, especially if the diet is already good and supplies some omega 3 already by way of fish, walnuts, flaxseed, etc.

Can Omega 3 Fish Oil Make You Sleepy?

Apart from the usual and known side effects that some people experience, although I’ve rarely had “bad feedback” from those who were taking omega 3 fish oil capsules regularly. The usuals are belching, fish burps, bad breath, loose stools, nosebleeds, some nausea or heartburn.

I’ve not heard of anybody who developed a problem falling asleep or having difficulties maintaining sleep after supplementing with omega 3. That’s not to say such a side effect doesn't exist, it may very well do so. What I have heard however is the opposite, that omega 3 supplements can actually improve the quality and duration of sleep by helping reduce any inflammation in the body and even boosting melatonin production, the “sleep hormone”.