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!