Friday, September 06, 2013

Omega 3-6-9 vs. Fish oil: What's the answer?

I'm writing a book on the psychology of diet. Part of my research includes the proper perspective on supplements.

One of the mental engagements we need to make is why we ingest each specific supplement. Most of us have read about the advantages of more essential fats in our diets; the Paleo community contends that more of the right fats will increase health and entice the body to drop weight.

Stephen VanHorn from Fotolia.com on livestrong.com
A logical step for fat supplementation is Omega 3-6-9 capsules. I have three a day from NOW foods, as their brand is known for clean, non-contaminated processing.

However, I realized that I was deep into a protocol and didn't understand the logic.  What exactly is Omega 3-6-9 and why do I need it?

A bit of research led me to understand that the ratios of consumption may not make sense. Livestrong.com reports that we do need omega 3 and omega 6, but that we consume 14 times more 3 than 6 in most diets. Then, out body competes for enzymes in processing the fats and there can be a counter-productive outcome.

It might be best to source out omega 3 as a solo product and that can come from fish oil with the DHA and EPA designations. I went down that path and determined I'll look into the Vitacost brand Omega 3 Fish Oil caps.

This product isolates Omega 3 and comes in at a great price, currently on sale for $9.99 for 240 softgels.

Check it out through my personal Vitacost link:

https://www.vitacostrewards.com/jD5Q3K3

In all cases, please dig in and conduct your own personal research. My comments are only provided to guide. See your health professional before starting any supplement program.



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