The benefits of eating omega-3 fatty acids are never-ending, from increasing energy, assisting in cardiovascular condition and inflammation to nervous system and mental health support. Consuming omega-3s isn’t just a trend, it’s necessary for our well-being!
Omega-3s are a form of essential fatty acids (EFAs), meaning they are a form of fats that we must consume in the diet or via supplementation because the body can’t make them on its own.
Unfortunately, despite the importance of adequate amounts of omega-3, most North Americans are deficient in omega-3 and tend to over-consume omega-6 fatty acids, which are abundant in our diet. Although it is necessary to consume both omega-3 and omega-6, we want to keep it in a balanced ratio of approximately 4:1. However, North Americans are consuming omega-6 and omega-3 in a ratio closer to 20:1. Such a high intake of omega-6 may contribute to inflammation and will throw off the balance between the two fatty acids.
Although we will find omega-3 EFAs in sources such as walnuts, almonds, eggs and avocados, the richest source of omega-3 comes from fish because fish is extremely high in EPA and DHA, two crucial fatty acids. The problem is that even consuming fish several times a week may not provide adequate amounts and concerns about environmental toxins, such as mercury in fish, mean many people limit their consumption.
The solution to this problem is supplementation with a good quality fish oil, such as Truestar’s TrueOmega, an enterically-coated, high-quality fish oil. Many fish oil capsules are now enteric coated, preventing them from dissolving in the stomach. This allows the fish oil to dissolve in the intestine, which may prevent “repeating” of the fish oil. However, higher quality fish oil tends not to have this same repeating effect.
Krill oil supplementation has recently become a popular omega–3 source supplement option. Krill are shrimp-like crustaceans that are a vital part of the marine food chain. Omega–3 fish oil are generally sourced from sardines and anchovies and krill oil has comparable amounts of EPA and DHA, but there are concerns about the sustainability of krill and many countries, including parts of the United States and Norway, are banning krill fishing altogether.
The dosage of fish oil varies based on age. Children, for example, are best to supplement with a fish oil that has a higher DHA content, in the range of 500 mg daily. This is to support neurological function and development. TrueOmegaboasts this higher DHA: EPA content. Adults require a higher dosage, generally with a higher ratio of EPA: DHA. Although the minimum dose is a recommended 650 mg of a combination of EPA and DHA; generally, 1000 mg will provide the desired health benefits. TrueBASICS for Men/Women or TrueBASICS A/O all contain 1000 mg of EFAs, with that higher amount of EPA in each individual sachet.
Below is a list of some of the key benefits that may be provided through fish oil supplementation:
- Heart Health & Circulatory System Support
- Healthy Triglyceride Levels
- Immune Function Support
- Mood And Emotional Well-Being
- Joint Flexibility
- Inflammatory Support
- Healthy Brain Function
- Aging Mind Support
- Healthy Pregnancy
- Mood And Emotional Well-Being
- Behavior, Focus And Learning In Children
- Healthy Visual And Brain Development In Fetuses/Infants