Choosing High-Quality Fish Oil: Why It Matters

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for maintaining good health. Yet many Canadians fall short in their dietary intake.

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for maintaining good health, yet many Canadians fall short in their dietary intake. Supplementing with high-quality fish oil is a popular way to increase Omega-3 intake, contributing to improvements in cardiovascular, cognitive, joint, mental and skin health. But, it's crucial to know what to look for when selecting a fish oil supplement.

Purity and Contaminants

Purity is a non-negotiable factor when choosing a fish oil supplement. High-quality options, like NutriChem’s pure premium fish oil. Undergo rigorous purification processes to remove heavy metals, PCBs and dioxins resulting from environmental pollution. This stringent quality control assures the safety and purity of consumption.

Optimal Omega-3 Content (EPA/DHA Ratio)

The heart of fish oil’s benefits lies in its omega-3 fatty acid content, EPA and DHA. Premium fish oils are sourced from cold water, and fatty fish to provide higher levels of these acids. NutriChem’s Pure Premium Fish oil stands out with an EPA/DHA ratio greater than 1800 mg per teaspoon. Distinguishing it from typical fish oils and even other liquid options like Webber Naturals.

EPA is linked to anti-inflammatory effects and cardiovascular health. While DHA supports brain and eye health. An often-recommended balance is a 2:1 ratio of EPA to DHA.

Enhanced Absorption and Bioavailability

A marker of the best fish oils is their bioavailability. Techniques like molecular distillation enhance the body’s ability to absorb omega-3s. Making the nutrients more effective. The fish oil needs to be not only absorbed but also utilized by the body.

Protection Against Oxidation

To prevent oxidation, which can lead to rancidity and a foul taste. High-quality fish oils contain natural antioxidants like vitamin E.

NutriChem’s pure premium fish oil, for example, is packaged in a dark glass bottle with added non-GMO mixed tocopherols to maintain freshness and potency.

Fish Oil Tips
  • Refrigerate liquid fish oils.
  • Use liquid fish oils within 30 days of opening.
  • Opt for glass jars with dark exteriors and store them away from sunlight.

Non-Medicinal Additives

Good fish oil shouldn’t be laden with unnecessary additives. NutriChem’s pure premium fish oil uses natural flavouring and monk fruit as a sweetener. Avoiding the preservatives found in other brands.

In conclusion, high-quality fish oil can provide significant health benefits. It’s not a substitute for a balanced diet. Always consider your dietary patterns, health status and lifestyle when choosing the right fish oil for your needs.

Share this blog post:
Dr.Adam Livingston in Pharmacy

Adam is a licensed pharmacist and NutriChem’s Deprescribing Program Coordinator. He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Queen’s University before attending The University of Toronto, where he graduated as a Doctor of Pharmacy in 2017. As a pharmacist, Adam is a proponent of the appropriate use of medications. However, he is also passionate about providing patients with evidence-based options, whether these are prescription drugs or natural alternatives where appropriate.

By combining pharmacological and natural approaches to patients’ treatment regimens, Adam aims to maximize patient outcomes, not just dispense more prescription drugs. His professional interests include deprescribing, digestive health, mental health, and addiction. If you have had poor results with your prescription medications, come in to NutriChem and have a chat with Adam today!