There are No Benefits to Fish Oil

By Tanner | In Nutrition | on April 4, 2012
These days everyone knows fish oil is good for you in some way or another.  It is not true.
Most fish oils offer no increases in health of any measure.  Most fish oil is just that, oils pressed from a fish.  If you purchase your fish oil from Walmart, CostCo, or even a health food store, you would do just as well to elevate a Croaker above your head, open your mouth wide, and squeeze the fish from nose to tail taking in a big tummy full of all its great juices…  straight from the “source”.  At least that way, the worthless oils and the heavy metals found in your fish oil, would be more fresh.  Heck, the juice from a Croaker’s arse may even taste better than crappy fish oils.
Let me make sure I am clear… do not purchase or injest cheap fish oil bought.  If you do, it then becomes more important that you don’t bring it to me and ask if it is “ok”?  My cost for answering dumb questions about fish has gone up exponentially in the past few months.  I wrote this article, Fish Oil Basics,” a while back.  If you have not, go ahead and read the article before we continue.
Well then, how do you know if the fish oil you buy is any good?  The first step is to stop shopping for fish oil.  What you are actually seeking are the essential Omega 3 fatty acids, Eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and Docosahexanoic (DHA) Acids.  If you read the article I posted the link to above you know how to read the label and discern how much EPA and DHA are in each serving versus how much “other” omega 3s there are.  But there is another factor the label does not tell you about.
The method of how the toxic heavy metals, like mercury, are removed from the fish oil is just as important as how much EPA or DHA the product has.  Why?  If the metals are “cut” from the oil with solvents, you’re product with have trace amounts of the solvents in it.  The solvents are arguably almost as unhealthy for you as the metals.  You trade one evil for another.
Your fish oil should be purified through cold pressing.  This method removes the metals without contaminating it.
I decided to sell Poliquin’s fish oils because they are cold pressed and they are highly concentrated.  They are expensive.  But it you compare what you are getting in each capsule to the dollar and factor in they are actually healthy for you, you will find they beat the store bought brands without question.
Poliquin’s is not the only good fish oil.  I have recommended numerous brands over the years.  I no longer recommend Carlson’s.  They changed things up on us.  I do recommend Metagenics (Dr. McGraw sells it at his practice), Omega Maine and Nordic Naturals.  But that’s about it.  There are probably more, but I am certain about these. Take 1 gram per percent of body fat and you will be healthier in a week.

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