One of the staples in my supplement regime is fish oil. I started taking fish oil almost a year ago on the advice of my naturopath. At first the thought of adding some more capsules to my list made me cringe. Also I had tried fish oil caps before and they were tough to get down and I found they repeated on me so regardless of what I ate, I had this constant taste of fish in my mouth and the burps were awful! Noticing my apprehension the doc suggested I take the liquid form. She assured me that it tasted like lemon and not fishy at all.
She was right! Introducing the fish oil was a breeze and I now take 2 tablespoons or more a day. I beleive it has helped with my asthma as well as I have noticed that my skin isn’t as dry.
I was talking to a friend the other day and she mentioned that fish oil has been recently touted for its benefits for those affected by MS.
This made me consider, what are all the benefits of fish oil?
- Heart disease
- High Cholesterol
- Eye Health – macular degeneration, dry eye, eye disorders
- Irritable Bowel
- Weight Loss
- Skin Conditions – acne, psoriasis, eczema
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Crohn’s Disease
Be wary though, not all fish oils are created equal. You must look to see how much DHA and EPA the capsules or liquid are delivering. Some capsules say 1,000mg on the front of the label but when you actually look at the EPA/DHA ratios they are quite low. The general recommended dosage ranges from 500-1,000mg per day of combined EPA/DHA though it is always helpful to consult your health care practitioner if you are treating a specific ailment as more may be recommended in your case. This is another reason why taking it in liquid form is ideal since I have found that the liquids on the market generally deliver more EPA/DHA per dose. It is also important to get a fish oil that is of high quality to ensure that it has been purified to remove any harmful contaminates such as mercury.
I highly recommend Carlson Laboratories Norwegian Cod Liver Oil lemon. It offers a high EPA/DHA ratio and it tastes good. Ok not good like an ice cream sundae but palatable and not offensive nevertheless.
You can find this fish oil and many others at your local health food store.