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Omega 3 Benefits & Remedies

Buying Guide & Tips

Omega 3 benefits are best when using natural and organic foods. If supplementation is necessary, look for the following qualities in your product:

  • Organic if you’re using plant based Omega 3’s, or if you’re taking fish oils, make sure it’s free of heavy metals.
  • Antioxidants are included – This tells you that the oil is much less likely to go bad on the grocery store shelf and also keeps it from going rancid in your body.
  • No carrier oils or filler oils – Carrier oils are not required to be on labels in the ingredients section, so some companies may use them and you wouldn’t know it. Look for a product that states that it doesn’t use them.

Omega 3 Benefits & Remedies

Click here for more details on choosing the best Omega 3 supplement for you.

Make sure the source of your Omega 3 benefits are from oils that are clean and of high quality. One thing you can do is to cut open a capsule and smell the oil. If it smells rancid, don’t take it.

If you buy the cheapest oil you can find, the old saying will be true in this case – You get what you pay for!

As you can see on the right hand column, we use Moxxor. There are 2 links in that box, the first one gives us credit for your purchase and the second one doesn’t.

Feel free to use either link, we feel that strongly about the product itself. It’s the one we won’t go without.


My Own Experience…

I’ve tried a few different products when it comes to Omega 3 oils. For a while I did 3 tablespoons of Flax Seed a day and although I got great fiber benefits from it, I didn’t notice any of the Omega 3 benefits that I should have.

I then tried a popular organic Flax Oil capsule. Nothing.

I also tried a sustainable Arctic krill oil product for 30 days. Again, no difference and the fishy burps were pretty bad. Yuck.

I don’t remember how we were introduced to it, but Moxxor (Green Lipped Mussel oil) ended up being the product that made a difference for both Jeff and I. Not just a small difference, but a dramatic one.

Jeff has had lower back pain from a minor injury he suffered many years ago. When he uses Moxxor as directed the pain goes away. If we ever run out, the pain comes back.

One of my ongoing issues is an SI joint that keeps going out place. When I take Moxxor, the pain goes away and I can walk without a limp. The adjustments I get from my Chiropractor stay in place. If I run out of Moxxor, the joint goes back out of place and the pain comes back.

These could be small issues compared to what you’re experiencing, but correcting them definitely made a huge difference in the quality of life for us.


Dosage:

Dosages for Omega 3 oils are varied depending on what you are using it for. You can look below at the specific conditions for their specific dosages.

Because Omega 3 oils are considered a macronutrient, the USDA doesn’t have a recommended daily allowance. For general good health and as a disease preventative however, the average adult male can take about 1600 mg per day of combined DHA, EPA and ALA and the average adult female, 1100 mg per day.

ALA is actually converted into EPA and then DHA in your body, and men seem to have a harder time doing that than women do, so if you are taking most of your Omega 3’s from plant foods and ALA supplements, you’ll need a bit more than if you are taking EPA and DHA directly (animal based Omega 3’s).

Fish oil supplements should be cold pressed, as heat processing will make the oils useless to the human body because it changes the molecular structure. The amount of Omega 3 in the supplement could still be accurate, but it just won’t be useful to you anymore.

Look for supplementation that comes with a good antioxidant included in the ingredients as oils of any kind can go rancid rather quickly. Also try to find a product that has little or no carrier or filler oils in them. Some products have “carrier” oils such as olive, soy or canola that are not required to be listed on the ingredient labels.


Conditions This Remedy Treats:

(Clicking on the name of underlined conditions below will take you to the page that discusses the causes and other remedies for that particular condition.)


Allergies

Keeping your diet balanced with the proper ratio of Omega 6 fatty acids to Omega 3 fatty acids (1:1) has been shown to lessen allergy symptoms of many kinds. This is due to Omega 3’s anti-inflammation effect on the body. Omega 6 oils are pro-inflammatory, so having too many of those in the diet can make allergy symptoms worse and more frequent.


Alzheimer’s Disease

Studies in mice have shown that the plaques and tangles in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease were significantly slowed when DHA was added to their diet. It was added to their diet in such a way as to balance the ratio of Omega 3’s to Omega 6’s.


Arthritis

The Omega 3 oils DHA and EPA are well known for their anti-inflammatory properties. It has been recommended that those with Rheumatoid Arthritis for example take around 3 grams per day of these Omega 3’s combined.


Asthma

Balancing your Omega 6/Omega 3 intake (having it as close to a 1:1 ratio as possible) has an overall anti-inflammatory affect on your body. Since Asthmatics suffer from inflammation of the air pathways in the lungs, taking a regular dose of 1100 to 1600 mg of Omega 3 per day will help reduce occurrences of that inflammation.


Blood Pressure (High)

Omega 3 benefits have been studied in those with high blood pressure and found that overall, a dosage of 3 to 4 grams per day of DHA and EPA combined will lower blood pressure.


Cancer

Studies on rats have proven that one Omega 3 benefit is that it reduces tumor size because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties. Another Omega 3 benefit for those with Cancer is that it helps reduce the negative side effects of some chemotherapy drugs, especially Cisplatin. Talk to your health practitioner about the possibility of adding Omega 3 to your regimen.


Cholesterol

Studies have shown that a surprising Omega 3 benefit is its ability to lower cholesterol. More specifically, it lowers the LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, raises the HDL (“good”) cholesterol and lowers triglycerides too (even in those with hyper-triglyceridemia).

The dosage for this effect is 3 to 4 grams per day of combined DHA and EPA. If you are on medication for cholesterol already, tell your health practitioner that you’d like to try to switch regimens gradually and ask him/her to monitor your cholesterol levels.


Depression

Depression can be a tricky condition. Depending on the type of depression, it has been shown that re-balancing your ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids can significantly improve depression symptoms.

Studies have shown this to be the case for major depression, mild depression and seasonal affective disorder.

Omega 3 benefits the down side of bipolar disorder as well but seems to have no effect on the manic side of it. Ask your health practitioner if adding Omega 3 benefits you along with your current regimen.


Eczema/Psoriasis

Although they are different conditions, both Eczema and Psoriasis in some people have been attributed to Omega 3 deficiency.

Many who take Omega 3 supplements see the condition of their skin improve dramatically, although sometimes these conditions are caused by allergies and you would need to also eliminate the allergen from your environment or diet. Work with your health practitioner and see if adding Omega 3 benefits your skin clarity.


Heart Disease

The American Heart Association recommends that those who already have CAD (Coronary Artery Disease) eat fatty fish on a daily basis because of the Omega 3 benefits in it.

Since that isn’t practical for a lot of people, taking a clean source of fish oil supplementation at 3 to 4 grams per day will fulfill that recommendation. This helps by lowering your triglycerides and lessening the incidents of arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats).

For those with a healthy heart, helping to prevent heart disease can be done by taking a regular dose of 1100 mg for women and 1600 mg for men each day.


Osteoporosis

Studies in mice have shown that Omega 3 fatty acids slowed bone loss after menopause. It was also shown that Omega 6 oils actually stimulate a chemical in the body that causes bone loss concluding that a balanced ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids would slow the onset of Osteoporosis.


General Properties:

Omega 3 oils are a group of unsaturated fatty acids that are made up of many different types, three of which are essential for our health and are more easily used by our bodies than the other Omega 3’s.

These three are called ALA (alpha-Linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and EPA(eicosapentaenoic acid).

It’s important to know which kind of Omega 3 oils you are getting in your supplements, because some companies will not tell you that. But not all Omega 3’s are created equal, so to speak, as they are intended for different purposes in your body.

ALA is actually converted into EPA and then DHA in your body, and men seem to have a harder time doing that than women do, so if you are taking most of your Omega 3’s from plant foods and ALA supplements, you’ll need a bit more than if you are taking EPA and DHA directly (animal based Omega 3’s).

One of the most important things to know about Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils is that thebalance between the two is essential.

Currently, an American type diet which is high in cooked animal meats and processed foods is very high in Omega 6 oils and low in Omega 3’s. The ratio between the two should actually be 1:1. (Meaning 1 part Omega 6 to one part Omega 3.)

A highly processed American type diet has a ratio that varies from 15:1 to 16.7:1. Check out this important study that talks about the relationship between disease and Omega oil ratios.

Food sources that are high in Omega 3 oils are:

  • Cold water fish such as Salmon, tuna, halibut, mackerel, and sardines – These will provide DHA and EPA type Omega 3’s.
  • Some seeds and nuts such as chia seeds, hemp seeds, hemp oil, flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil, walnuts, and walnut oil – These provide ALA type Omega 3’s.
  • And other sources like green lipped mussels from New Zealand, Krill oil, and some algae also provide DHA and EPA.

Seeds are best when freshly ground rather than ground far in advance of eating them (you can get an inexpensive coffee grinder just for that purpose) because they will lose some of their Omega 3 benefits.

Keep fish oil and flaxseed oils refrigerated so they don’t go rancid.


Possible Side Effects:

Side effects from taking Omega 3 oils simply depends on the source of the Omega 3.

For example, if you take too much fish oil, you’ll end up with bloating, gas, and possibly a “fishy” odor either in your breath or on your body. That would be the same with a lot of things you ate too much of – garlic is a good example.

Taking a product that is low in quality will also sabotage any Omega 3 benefits you might get out of it.

If it’s rancid or full of heavy metals (as fish often are these days) then you are just adding unnecessary free radicals and heavy metal poisoning to your system – a most unfortunate side effect.


Drug Interactions:

So far, we haven’t found a Drug that Omega 3 oils interact with in a negative way. There is some controversy regarding the blood thinning effects of Omega 3 oils, but studies have not proven this effect one way or the other.

If you are on an Aspirin regimen or are on Warfarin, talk to your health practitioner if you have any concerns.


Did You Know…?

  • Omega 3 oils are a group of unsaturated fatty acids. Of this group, there are three that are important for your health – ALA (alpha-Linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).
  • Some fish oil supplements are OK for those who are allergic to fish because all of the fish proteins have been filtered out of the oil. Ask the manufacturer if their process does this.
  • Fish oil supplements are one of those products in which the old adage “You get what you pay for!” is true. If you’re serious about Omega 3 benefits through supplementation please don’t buy the cheapest thing you can find. That can actually be worse for you than not taking them at all because sometimes they will go rancid on the store shelf. When oil goes rancid, it becomes full of free-radicals, which we all know cause a lot of havoc in your body already.

 

Juliana Peel is an enthusiast blogger, author and social media addict. She is the founder of remedieshow.com. Her publications are well researched and they provide tips and tricks related to Beauty and Health issues.