An Introductory Guide to Fish Oil

by Melissa Chichester

Fish oil, fish oil, fish oil! You’ve heard of it, right?

We jest – we know it’s everywhere. And with so many options on the market, it can be tricky to differentiate which one does what. But don’t worry – you don’t have to feel like a fish out of water when it comes to making the right fish oil choice for you. Our handy guide to fish oil is here to sort out some of that confusion. Let’s dive in!

What is fish oil?

Fish oil is a substance that contains beneficial omega-3 fatty acids that cannot be found in the body.

Omega-3 fatty acids need to be consumed from your diet and are typically found in fatty fish, including salmon, trout, shellfish, and oysters.
It is worth noting that there are some vegetables and seeds that contain omega-3 fatty acids as well, but seafood options are more abundant. However, for those who don’t eat enough seafood in their diet, supplementation is another option for getting adequate Omega-3 fatty acids in the diet.

Fish oil contains two types of omega-3 fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) is another omega-3 fatty acid found in plant oils (flaxseed, soy).

Some fish oils contain other vitamins and nutrients, like Vitamin D.

What do omega-3 fatty acids do?

Omega-3 fatty acids are considered good fats. In the body, they help balance out the bad fats in your diet. Omega-3 fatty acids also known for supporting heart, joint and metabolic health.**

What kind of fish oil should I look for?

There are many types of fish oil on the market today for you to choose from. Many of these are easily identifiable.

Krill oil is typically sourced from Antarctic krill and contains small amounts of astaxanthin, which gives krill its red tint.

Cod liver oil is usually sourced from Norwegian cod and contains Vitamin D and Vitamin A, two nutrients that support immune function.** Vitamin D also plays a role in bone health, while Vitamin A assists with maintaining eye health.**

Salmon oil is often derived from wild, Alaskan salmon and used to support metabolic wellness and heart health.**

Salmon oil is also a very popular choice for dog owners, used as a supplement to aid in skin and coat health.

How much fish oil do I need?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to taking a fish oil supplement. There are recommendations for omega-3 intake based on age and lifestyle; however, the most accurate answer will come from a trusted primary care physician who knows your personal history and the wellness goals that you are trying to achieve.

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