Whether or not you’ll be experiencing Omega 3 fish oil benefits will depend on several factors, among them, medical conditions, the quality of your supplement, and the dosage. You might have gotten tired of hearing about Omega 3 fatty acids by now, and the truth is that these essential fatty acids, while great for some people, may not work well for others.
Apparently, despite all the reported benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids, people with medical issues, such as those related to blood clotting, are not supposed to take these supplements at all, or they may do so but only upon the guidance of their attending physician. Omega 3 supplements have blood-thinning properties, which essentially means, they can cause excessive bleeding in certain groups of people. If there is, as you think, an urgent need for you to take fish oil supplements but your medical records show that you are a “bleeder” or have that tendency to bleed too much, consult your doctor. He/she will know what to do under the circumstances.
Assuming you are qualified to take this type of supplements, your choice of Omega 3 supplements will ultimately influence your experience (or non-experience for that matter) of the benefits these essential fatty acids bring. Let’s not forget there are hundreds or possibly even thousands of brands out there, and all claim to be better than the last one or to offer as many benefits as the best one in the market today. But of course that cannot be entirely true because not all brands contain the same ingredients and in the same amounts. Worse, as many have already discovered, quite a lot of those Omega 3 supplements labeled as such not only contain unnecessary ingredients but are in fact fake. Don’t be fooled by the great packaging.
- Look for the IFOS rating. Short for International Fish Oil Standard, IFOS tell you about the purity and concentration of the fish oil supplement. A five-star rating means the supplement has successfully met the international standards for fish oil.
- Make sure it’s molecular-distilled to eliminate any possibility of hard metal poisoning. Molecular distillation is a process that safely and effectively removes metals and toxins from the fish oil itself, rendering the supplement free of contamination and thereby safe for human consumption.
- The label should indicate what form the supplement comes in. Look especially for supplements that come with ethyl-ester or natural triglycerides as these are easily absorbed.
As regards the dosage, experts themselves cannot come into an agreement. Some say that for healthy people to experience the benefits of Omega 3, they need to take .5 to 1.8 grams of fish oil supplements a day. However, if you are going to use these supplements in the treatment of high cholesterol and triglycerides, for instance, you will need around 2-4 grams a day. Again, if you are not sure, get to your doctor at once and discuss these issues, including omega 3 fish oil benefits, with him/her.