For years the supplement industry has touted fish oil as the super supplement. It can boost the immune system, appearance, and athletic performance. And for years people spend their hard earned money on this all-in-one magical pill without fully experiencing its true benefits. However, do you know how to properly use fish oil?
There’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything and this also applies to nutrition and supplementation. Unfortunately, supplement companies are more concerned with making money. More so than they are with taking the time to ensure their customers have a full understanding of when and how to take their products. A window of 30 minutes can make the difference between receiving the full benefits of a product or none at all.
Here’s what you need to know about taking your beloved fish oil.
LEARN HOW TO PROPERLY USE FISH OIL
OMEGA-6 NO, OMEGA-3 YES
Almost all food you buy that comes wrapped up in plastic or in a box is loaded with omega-6 fatty acids. These acids in abundance are not healthy for our bodies. They are associated with many of the worst chronic diseases we have come to know.
Most farm animals are fed with low-quality grains that are high in omega-6’s. This makes the protein we consume from these animals to also be chock full of them. So why do farmers and companies use these sources?
Well, for one thing, omega 6’s are cheaper and do not spoil as quickly as plant-based food options. The latter also happen to have an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids (the healthier kind). Great business for the food industry, not so great for the consumer.
It also was found that omega-6s directly compete with omega-3s and force them out of our system. So knowing how to properly use fish oil isn’t enough to benefit from them. You have to make other dietary changes.
For starters, make sure you are taking a fish oil supplement of the highest quality that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Stay away from pre-packaged foods which are mostly loaded with omega-6s and other preservatives that simply have no health benefits whatsoever. Avoid cooking with sunflower, soy, and corn oils, as these also have a very poor ratio of omega-6 to omega-3.
Lastly, choose meat sources that are grass-fed and switch food vegetarian options to foods that are derived from leafy plants instead of seeds.