December 16, 2021


Pre-workouts, protein shakes, and hydration drinks are at the forefront of our ideas about health and performance supplements. While the stimulating nature and benefits of those heavily marketed products are obvious, there are less evident foundational needs we must address in order to fuel a long life of high performance and good health. Few supplemental nutrients have the potency to support an active lifestyle as much as omega-3 fatty acids. But why do they matter and are all omega-3s the same?

The difference in nutrient potency boils down to the conversion short-chain ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) must go through to become truly beneficial to the body as a long-chain essential fatty acid (EPA and DHA). Without needing time and energy to be converted, long-chain omega-3 from fish oil can immediately go to work.

These long-chain fatty acids protect you from oxidative stress and damage, support brain and central nervous system function, aid in maintaining a heathy immune system, and reduce the inflammatory processes that lead to many chronic conditions, including Alzheimer’s Disease, macular degeneration, cardiovascular disease, various auto-immune diseases, and cancer – as shown in hundreds of medical and scientific studies.

How much omega-3 should you consume?
While there is no standardized recommendation, your needs are largely determined by your consumption of foods rich in omega-6 fats like eggs, nuts, cereals, and most vegetable oils. Necessary for survival, omega-6 fats help with muscle growth, and hormone production, but also lead to inflammation when consumed in excess without enough omega-3s in your diet. The average American currently has a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats of 20:1 which is far from the ideal ratio of 2:1. While omega-6 fats aren’t the enemy, the inflammatory response of not consuming the proper amount of omega-3 fats certainly is the enemy with many of our country’s health issues being traced back to this imbalance.

Relying on cold-water fish alone as your only source of omega-3 fatty acids comes with a cost that is difficult to maintain and the potential exposure to environmental contaminants. While we all love eating freshly caught fish and a tight line as we reel one in, consuming a high quality omega-3 fish oil supplement is more convenient and affordable.

Wilderness Athletes Omega-3 Fish Oil is deodorized to eliminate fishy breath or oily skin, molecularly distilled for purity and potency, enteric-coated for optimum absorption, and contains 1800mg of EPA and DHA per serving, 50% EPA (900mg) and 33% DHA (600mg). Make sure omega-3s are a part of your diet and look under the hood of your fish oil supplement as any sharp label reader would!