Utsav Agrawal

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Fish Oil Supplement

Omega-3 fatty acids, “fish oil” one of the most researched supplements you can buy, but what is it? ALA, DHA, and EPA. ALA typically found in plants such as flax, chia, and walnuts. DHA/EPA found primarily in marine sources as well as plant algae.

DHA and EPA, the fatty acids found in fish oil supplements are the ones you want to concern yourself with, and ALA is a precursor to DHA and EPA, your body can convert ALA to DHA and EPA. However, it is very inefficient in some populations, some with a less than 1% turnover. Some of the studied benefits of fish oil supplementation are cognitive function, cardiovascular health, reduced inflammation, reduce triglycerides, etc. How much to take? Most of the studies suggest the range of 1-2 gm of combined EPA and DHA as the recommendation for health that might require 3-6 gm of actual fish oil to reach these levels. Should you buy it? I lean towards yes on this one, for the amount you spend, the potential benefit seems worth the investment. There are a lot of trash fish oil supplements, trash because their dosages of EPA and DHA are so low you’d have to take ten capsules a day to equate to 1 gms per day of EPA/DHA. Read the label of a supplement to determine the EPA and DHA content per serving. Reference- https://academic.oup.com/advances/article/3/1/1/4557081 https://examine.com/supplements/fish-oil/#how-to-take


can you recommend one or two brands. I am thinking to take this as supplements but unable to decide which one to go for.

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