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5 Reasons to use pharmaceutical grade fish oil

  1. 1. ==== ====For pure and pristine sources of pharmaceutical grade fish oil providing an ideal dose and ratio ofhighly concentrated EPA and DHA omega-3 to support overall vibrant health and well being checkout this link:http://amzn.to/xy7oWs==== ====Fish Oil May Not Be The Miraculous Solution To All Your Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) RequirementsHow fish became known as a miracle foodSupplementation with fish oil has become extremely popular, due to researchers discovering,many years ago, that certain groups of people, especially those who follow a Mediterranean diet,are healthier than those people who dont. The assumption was that their diets, which contained alot of fish (maybe up to three times a week) was helping them stay healthier for longer.There has been research to support the health benefits of fish, where it has been shown thateating fish is helpful in preventing a second heart attack, in people who have already had oneattack. Fish is therefore seen as having some protective benefits.However, the Mediterranean people also consume generous servings of vegetables, fruit, olive oiland whole grains, in their diet, so fish is only part of what they eat, and is generally served inpreference to dairy products and meat.Another very important aspect to their health, that wasnt seen as being very important at the timeof the research, was that these people are also very community-orientated. Their mealtimes arevery social, and we know today that being involved in your community and enjoying your mealswith family members and friends is good for both your physical and mental health.However fish oil supplement manufacturers focused on the link between health and fishconsumption, because it was an easy marketing message.Fat is critical in your dietFat is the second most abundant compound in the body, with water being number one. Your bodycan make saturated and monounsaturated fats from carbohydrates. On the other hand,polyunsaturated fats and oils, also called Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats, are essential to life, whichmeans they have to be obtained in your diet, as your body cannot make them. If you dont getthem in your diet you will be deficient in them. Interestingly, the human brain needs a lot of theseOmega fats, with about 20% of the brain being made up of these unique fats.Fish Oil ≠ Omega 3Omega 3 is a family of unsaturated fatty acids, which have a number of very important functions to
  2. 2. perform in the human body. Many people have come to think of Omega 3 as being fish oil, but thisis not the whole story. The Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) family contains a number ofdifferent fats, of which DHA and EPA are very well known. Fish Oil contains DHA and EPA, but isdifferent to plant based Omega 3s as fish oil does not contain other foundation fats, which arealso necessary for the human body.A little more scientific detail behind the fish oil storyOne of the reasons for the confusion about whether fish oil Omega 3 supplementation is betterthan plant based Omega 3 supplementation is because fish oil contains the derivatives of the plantbased Omega 3 fats, DHA and EPA. A derivative is a by-product of the original item or compound.However, this does not mean that a derivative is unimportant. It is very important, and has otherfunctions to perform, apart from the original compound. In the same way, the original, orfoundation compound, the plant based Omega 3 fats, are also critical for health, as they also havevery important functions to perform in all our cell membranes, as well as our cells, organs andtissues. So, we need both the foundation, plant based Omega 3 fats and the derivatives, DHA andEPA.Can DHA and EPA only be found in fish?People have been led to believe that the Omega 3 derivatives, DHA and EPA, are only obtained incold-water fish and fish oil supplements. This is not true. They are also found in certain forms ofalgae. Furthermore, most people are capable of converting the plant based Omega 3s intoenough DHA and EPA, if they have enough of the plant based, foundation Omega 3s and whatare called co-factors, which are simply the Vitamins B3, B6, C and the minerals zinc andmagnesium, which help the body convert the plant based Omega 3s into DHA and EPA. So, yourbody can make the derivatives of the plant based Omega 3 fats, which are already present in cold-water fish. A small percentage of people do this conversion very slowly, and they may benefit fromadding an algae source of DHA and EPA to their diet. (This topic is discussed in more detailfurther on in this article).Interestingly, any DHA and EPA found in fish had its origin from a plant. When a small fish haseaten algae, and then been eaten by a bigger fish, all the way up to the larger fish, this larger fishonly has DHA and EPA in it because the fish at the bottom of the food chain, ate the algae. Yes,the algae is where the DHA and EPA originates. Cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel andherring, and to a lesser extent sardines and tuna are rich sources of DHA and EPA because theyare carnivorous fish and eat the smaller (vegetarian) fish that have eaten algae.Many people have also been led to believe that the DHA and EPA are the only important Omega3s they need. This is also incorrect. You need a lot of foundation fats, which is what the plantbased Omega 3 fats (and the Omega 6 fats) are, to keep optimally healthy. Only consuming DHAand EPA will not lead to long-term health. They are important parts of the Omega 3 family, butthey are not the whole family.Clinical trials on fish vs plant-based Omega 3sWhen researchers looked at the Mediterranean studies of health, they saw that people who atefish regularly, up to three times a week, were less likely to suffer from heart disease. This led to a
  3. 3. number of studies that indicated some heart-health benefits from eating fish. However, anastounding fact emerged too - one that they werent expecting.Two of these trials indicated that eating fish, or taking a fish oil supplement did reduce the chanceof having a second heart attack. However, another trial indicated that consuming a plant-basedOmega 3 supplement reduced the risk of having a second heart attack by at least twice that of thefish oil! This was a 70% reduction in mortality. Added to this result was a significant reduction incoronary events and these protective effects were quick to make themselves evident. Whenassessed four years later, patients were still benefiting if they were following the diet.Therefore, the plant based Omega 3s were more effective at reducing the risk of cardiac death inhigh-risk patients. Plant Omega 3s also reduced the number of painful, not-fatal heart attacks, andthere are long-term survival benefits from consuming plant Omega 3s whereas there werent withconsuming fish oils.So what should I supplement with? A fish oil capsule or plant based Omega 3s?As already discussed, your body cannot function optimally without the right kinds of fats. But youalso need more of the right fats than you may have been led to believe. These fats are actually thefoundation of your health, and are also called foundation fats.If you only consume a fish oil supplement, you are supplying your body with a maximum of 3 - 5mg of fat, which is about 2.5% of your calories if you are eating 2000 calories a day. You actuallyneed more than 15% of your calories, but less than 60%, to be made up of fat! Your ideal intakewill depend on your level of activity. Eating 10% of your calories as fat, is not enough, and willresult in dry skin, low energy levels, and ultimately ill health.If you were to consume 15% of your fat calories in the form of a fish oil supplement, you wouldneed to be consuming 33 gms, or 2 tablespoons. This much fish oil can cause bleeding problems,as well as increased inflammation due to the extreme sensitivity of DHA to oxidation damage. Thisis because it only contains the Omega 3 essential fats, with none of the Omega 6 fats. So, you canoverdose on fish oil alone.Furthermore, your body doesnt only need Omega 3 fats, which is what is in fish oil. Your bodyalso needs undamaged Omega 6 fats, because these two Omega fats are required together, tomaintain the balance of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) in your body.Therefore, your body needs much more fat than a fish oil supplement can provide, to keep youhealthy. You will eventually suffer from a fat deficiency if you only consume a fish oil supplement.So, if you do choose to take a fish oil supplement, you also need to supplement with another plant-based Omega 3 and Omega 6 blend, otherwise you will not have enough of the balancedessential fats, which are the foundation fats of health. (If you would like to learn more about whydo we need both Omega 3 and Omega 6? click on this link).Some Myths about Fish Oils vs Plant based Omega 3sFish oil manufacturers have perpetuated two myths about Omega 3s for a very long time:
  4. 4. 1. They say that we cant make enough of the derivatives2. They say that we battle to do the conversion from plant-based Omega 3s to the DHA and EPAderivativesGenes govern the conversion of the plant based Omega 3s to DHA and EPA. Some people dothis conversion quickly, while others do it more slowly. If you cannot do the conversion at all, andate no cold-water fish, you would die, as DHA and EPA are critical for vital functions in the bodyand brain.In answer to the first myth, if we have enough of the raw material, that is, the plant-based Omega3s, we can make enough of the DHA and EPA. But we need enough of this foundation, and manypeople dont consume enough of these plant-based Omega 3s.In answer to the second myth, only a small group of people do the conversion very slowly, andthey are groups of people who are descendants of the populations who lived along cold-watershorelines, such as the West Coast North American natives, Welsh-Irish, Inuit, Oriental,Norwegian, Swedish and Danish people. Their bodies forgot how to do the conversion quickly,because they ate so much cold-water fish and they didnt need to do the conversion as regularly. Itis estimated that this is a small percentage of the general population, probably less than 2% anddefinitely less than 10%. These people may benefit from taking an algae based DHA and EPAsupplement, in addition to the plant based Omega 3s.Maybe you are getting more than you bargained for in your fish oil supplementThere is something else that fish oil manufacturers wont tell you about. Most of the fish oilproducts on the market today contain damaged fat molecules. This damage occurs due to theprocessing that fish oil has to undergo in an attempt to remove heavy metals, dioxins, PCBs aswell as the fishy after taste.Only high temperatures can remove some of the toxins that are present in our fish today, so thefish oil molecules are exposed to heat, which they dont like at all. In fact, they should not besubjected to heat at all, as they become damaged.Unfortunately, even after the damaging exposure to high temperatures, many fish oil supplementsstill contain detectable levels of some of these extremely damaging environmental toxins, whichmean that you will be ingesting them unknowingly.Furthermore, the high temperatures that these fish oils are exposed to, also produce damaged fatmolecules, and this is a list of some of the kinds of fat molecules present in most of the fish oilsupplements that are on the market today:Trans fatsFragmented and cyclised moleculesCross-linked molecules in and across triglyceridesDouble-bond shifted moleculesPolymerized, Dimerized and Trimerized moleculesOther things to consider if choosing to take a fish oil supplement
  5. 5. There are a number of other things to consider with regards to fish oil supplements:1. Marine oils used in various food products are often partially hydrogenated, to ensure stabilityand prevent rancidity. Partial hydrogenation significantly reduces the DHA and EPA content of thefish oil, to less than 2% of total fat content, and introduces trans fats too.2. DHA and EPA are 25 times more sensitive to damage from light, oxygen and heat than plantbased Omega 3 fats are, so they will definitely be damaged during processing, unless a CarbonDioxide, expensive, cold-extraction process is used, and there are only a few companies in theworld that do that. And the label will say so.3. The extended transport times, which occur when fish is moved from the ocean to processingplants, for processing, often causes both microbial and enzymatic degradation of fish tissue,causing increased oxidation. Both a loss of flavour and degradation of omega 3 content are theresults. Vitamin C is often added as an antioxidant to try to counter these effects.4. Variations in fatty acid composition of fish, according to location, season and species meansthat the end product is not always consistent in DHA and EPA composition.5. Fish oil also contains cholesterol, as it is an animal product, although the amount will varyaccording to species. Plant sources of Omega 3 do not contain cholesterol.6. The fish in our oceans are not as clean as wed like them to be, arriving on our plates or incapsules containing PCBs, heavy metals and dioxins.7. Fish caught today are generally a third of the size they were 100 years ago. We all have tobecome environmentalists if we care about eating fish and leaving fish in the ocean for thegenerations to come. Furthermore, using krill oil, which is seen as being less of an environmentalthreat than fish oil, may also result in environmental damage in later decades, although themanufacturers state that wont be the case. However, the same authorities never thought wedsee the destruction of as many fish species as were seeing today either.8. Ask your fish oil manufacturer these questions:When researchers say there are no acceptable limits to PCBs, dioxins, furans, pesticides, as wellas Mercury and Lead, why do you still use this less than acceptable limits as a selling point?The damage that occurs to the fish oils due to processing, such as the formation of cross-linked,cyclised, fragmented and double-bond shifted molecules, trans fatty acids and polymerised acids,are not listed on your products. Why?What is the highest temperature reached during deodorization, molecular distillation and wipedfilm evaporation?What is the time duration of each of these processes, and how many repetitions are done for eachhigh-temperature step?Lets summarize the facts about fish oils vs plant-based Omega 3sWhen looking at the research and assessing the contaminants in the ocean, that find their way intofish we can summarize with a few facts:Plant oils have been shown to halve the risk of heart disease when compared to fish oils
  6. 6. Plants oils are a much healthier choice of Omega 3 (and Omega 6) oilsOrganic plants oils can be found whereas it is not possible to find organic fish -they all live in theocean which is contaminated with dangerous chemicalsFish oils turn rancid more quickly than plant oils doFish oils are more easily damaged during extraction than plant oilsNuts and seeds, full of good plant oils are easy to eat on the runPlant oils are good for more than just your heart and your brainOrganic plant-based Essential Fatty Acids are not only clean, they offer so many additionalbenefits to fish and fish oil supplementsOnly a small group of people cant do the conversion from plant-based Omega 3s to the DHA andEPA derivativesMany more health benefits from an undamaged, plant-based Omega 3 and Omega 6 supplementWhen people switch from using fish oil supplements, to using a plant based, foundation Omega 3supplement, that also contains undamaged Omega 6, also essential for optimal health, theyexperience a wider range of benefits, because they are not only supplementing with DHA andEPA. They are also getting the other components of health, that accompany the consumption ofOmega 3 and Omega 6, such as increased energy, improved metabolic rate, smoother, clearerskin, insulin sensitivity, mood and concentration improvements, improved ability to cope withstress, lowered inflammation and increased immunity, as well as lowered heart disease andcancer risk.If you do choose to consume the pre-formed DHA and EPA, then consume an algae-basedproduct rather, as this is where the DHA and EPA comes form originally. Simply by-pass the fish,and use a product that hasnt had to be detoxified and therefore damaged. Furthermore, you willbe making a sensible, environmentally conscious choice. However, dont forget that you still needto supplement with a foundation blend, as simply taking a DHA and EPA supplement will notprovide all your foundation essential fat needs. Therefore a plant based, foundation Omega 3 andOmega 6 supplement, with added DHA from algae, would be a better choice.Delia McCabe is a Nutritional Neuroscience Researcher. She has a Masters degree in Psychologyand has been doing research for over ten years. Her specific area of interest is Essential FattyAcids and how they effect brain and general health. She has discovered that many chronicillnesses and mental health problems can be traced back to a lack of Essential Fats. Find out ifyou are deficient by doing the quick assessment at http://www.deliahealth.com.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Delia_McCabe
  7. 7. ==== ====For pure and pristine sources of pharmaceutical grade fish oil providing an ideal dose and ratio ofhighly concentrated EPA and DHA omega-3 to support overall vibrant health and well being checkout this link:http://amzn.to/xy7oWs==== ====