Over and over again I’ve been told by doctors, chiropractors, dermatologists, homeopaths, that if you’re looking to take just one supplement per day, you should take fish oil.
Fish oil is exactly what it sounds like – oil derived from the fatty layers of cold water fish – and contains two types of Omega-3s: EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Your body cannot make either of these which is why consuming them is so important! (For more in-depth information, check out Dr. Weil’s Vitamin Library)
Fish oil can be taken in either capsule or liquid form, as well as of course eating fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines. Personally, I’ve found that I’m more likely to actually consume my fish oil when it is in liquid form – especially when it’s the Barlean’s Fish Oil with Vitamin D in Mango Peach. My husband will even swallow a spoonful and has even described it to me as “melted Hi-Chews.” Aside from the taste, I also prefer the thicker, creamier texture to the oily texture of typical fish oil supplements. One of my favorite holistic health doctors, Dr. Andrew Weil, suggests taking 700 to 1,000 mg of EPA and 200 to 500 mg of DHA daily, so I’ll take 2 teaspoons in the morning and two in the evening which provides me with 880mg of EPA and 560mg of DHA.
Okay, so now you know what to take, why is fish oil so important? While there are a million different benefits, here are my top three favorites.