A Guide to Fish Oil Supplements

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It's a well-known fact that fish oil (aka omega 3 fatty acids) are good for you. The benefits a innumerable, and include things like improved mood, lower cholesterol and better skin. Many countries with the longest life spans, like Japan, have populations that consume a lot of fish. This is no coincidence in my opinion.

The most obvious way to get more fish oil is to consumer more fish. Many health experts recommend three servings a week. But not everyone likes the taste of fish, and fish can be quite expensive as well. A good alternative for many people therefore is to take fish oil capsules.

But be forewarned: Not all fish oil supplements are the same. The worst brands, for example, will provide oils that are no longer pure (maybe even rancid) and the effect on your health will be the opposite of what you're hoping for.

There are two main things you need to be mindful of when looking for fish oil supplements.

1. Purity
Quite simply, pure fish oil supplements do not contain contaminants like PCB or mercury, both of which can be hazardous to your health. Looking at lab test results are the only way to be sure if a company's fish oils products are pure. You can get lab results for popular brands at https://labdoor.com/rankings/fish-oil.

2. Potency
Most fish oil contain two types of Omega 3 fatty acids, called EPA and DHA. These are the key ingredients you must pay attention to. You usually won't be able to determine how much EPA and DHA are in each products unless you read the label. A fish oil supplement with 1000 mg of fish oil, for example, may only have 180 mg of EPA and 120 mg of DHA. In such cases, you'll need to take two or three capsules a day to get the equivalent omega 3s that are in a small can of sardines.

Some good brands to consider are Trader Joe's, Now Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, and Source Naturals. On the whole, buying fish oil supplements online from stores like Pureformulas is a better way to get a bargain on your supplements. This is because Pureformulas has lower prices than most other online stores. Also, you can find plenty of coupon codes and Pureformula promo codes for 2017 that help you get things like free shipping and special discounts.

Cheaper fish oil supplements aren't necessarily worse in quality, but in general, there is a correlation between price and quality. To find the best supplements at the lowest price, I like to look at the "best value" page on labdoor.com and pick the ones with the higher grades.