Fish Oil - Stop Popping those deadly pills

Something smells fishy....

"Hey, close ya legs!"

"Oops, my bad I did't know they were open."

    I had to begin this blog with a bit of humor because we are going deep. We're going to be talking about fish, but not just fishy-fish, fish oil. In the past ten years fish oil has become a proselytized supplement that everyone should take. But it's truly nothing new, my grandmother was knocking back tablespoons of fish oil back in the day and she lived up into her 90's.  

   When it comes to the benefits of fish oil it begins to look like a black Friday shopping list. It's not just the oil itself that is beneficial but the Omega-3's within it. Fish oil contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenioc acid (EPA) which comprise Omega-3 fatty acids (1.)

Here's a short list of some of the benefits from Fish Oil

  • It increases HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) 
  • Lower blood pressure 
  • Prevents heart disease 
  • Helps fight inflammation & Rhematoid Arthritis 
  • Helps prevent macular degeneration (2.)

   Now here comes the hard part, which is choosing a fish oil. Whenever it comes down to supplements, the first thing that comes to everyone's mind are pills. There are big problems when choosing capsule forms of fish oil vs. liquid fish oil. 

  1.  Money is being wasted
  2. Those capsules that encompass the fish oil can be deadly. 

Let me break it down for you

   I did a little math and choose two different fish oil products from Amazon. The first is a capsule (pill) form of fish oil and it is Amazon's #1 bestseller. 

Omega-3 Fish Oil by Bio Science Nutrition

   The second brand is a liquid fish oil and Amazon's "choice brand." 

Carlson's Norwegian's Finest Fish Oil

 

   As you can see from the chart above, it would take 2.5 bottles of the Bio Science fish oil to equal one bottle of Carlson's liquid fish oil. That would equal a total of $55.00, what a waste of cash. Yet with liquid fish oil you'd save $22.50. It's pretty obvious which the the better deal, but there's more to it than just price. 

   The second reason why capsule (pill form) of fish oil is inferior is because the capsules themselves can be deadly. I'm not exaggerating here. Many supplements contain harmful chemicals within the capsule (pill) that can wreak havoc on overall health (3. & 4). Just check it out for yourself. 

  • Titanium dioxide: Causes lung inflammation/damage. Used to color supplement capsules. 
  • Magnesium Silicote (Talc): Similar health and lung implications as asbestos. Can also cause possible stomach cancer when ingested. 
  • Magnesium Sitrate: Prevents pills from sticking together, and is used to lubricate machinery. It has been shown to damage the immune system's T-cells. 

   Lastly the fish oil itself can be harmful and full of mercury, lead, or PCB's. Most capsule forms of fish oil do not say what type of the fish the oil derives. 

Here's a little tit-bit!

   The longer the life span of a fish the higher the chance it may contain harmful chemicals (mercury, lead, PCB). The opposite is true as well, shorter life span means less contaminants. That's one reason I approve Carlson's liquid fish oil since the oil mainly comes from mackerel, anchovies, and sardines, of which have short life spans. 

   At the end of the day the best source of Omega-3 fatty acids are from natural sources like fish, nuts, and seeds. But if these foods are unavailable, liquid fish oil is the best alternative. Try out Carlson's fish oil, save your money, and stop taking silly fish oil capsules. 

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 -"Keep on Keepin' on"
John D. Schaser  

resources:

1. Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Publications Editor, Executive Editor Harvard Health Letter, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch, and Executive Editor Harvard Heart Letter. "Fish Oil: Friend or Foe? - Harvard Health Blog." Harvard Health Blog RSS. N.p., 27 Sept. 2016. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.

2. "Omega-3 Fatty Acids." University of Maryland Medical Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.

3. @erikayigzaw. "5 Dangerous Ingredients in Your Vitamins and Dietary Supplements." 5 Dangerous Ingredients in Your Vitamins and Dietary Supplements. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.

4. @mercola. "A Dangerous Ingredient in Your Supplements." Mercola.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.