Published on 03/01/2018
Choosing the Best Omega-3 SupplementNot all omega-3 fish oil supplements are created equally. The potential benefits associated with increased omega-3 consumption listed above can be impacted greatly by the quality of the source. When it comes to choosing the best omega-3 fish oil supplement, here are some of the top considerations to keep in mind:
One of the most common questions people ask when they’re looking for an omega-3 fish oil supplement is, “What does it taste like?” Taste is an important factor that will have a major impact on whether you dread taking a supplement or enjoy taking it. Be sure to look for an omega-3 supplement that tastes great and is available in a flavour you love.
NutraSea offers omega-3 fish oil in several natural flavours including grapefruit-tangerine, mango, lemon and apple. These flavours come from a variety of natural sources, such as fruits and plant roots. NutraSea’s Omega-3 fish oil supplements are known for their exceptionally clean, light taste that makes them easy to enjoy.
People interested in improving their health are often taking a variety of supplements. If this is you, then the idea of taking another pill may be a little tough to swallow. This is what we call “pill fatigue.” If you’re resistant to adding yet another pill to your regime, a liquid format may be an ideal option to look for when choosing an omega-3 supplement.
One of the most overlooked factors when choosing an omega-3 supplement is how well it’s absorbed. Research has suggested that omega-3 supplementation with oils in the triglyceride form leads to better absorption compared to those in the ethyl ester form1. All NutraSea’s omega-3 fish oils are in the triglyceride form.
Over the years, the world’s oceans have become polluted, as have populations of fish and other sea life—which are often the source for omega-3 supplements. When it comes to choosing a fish oil supplement, purity should be top of mind to ensure that your omega-3 products aren’t also accompanied by unwanted pollutants or heavy metals. If you are curious to know what’s in your supplement, look for a supplement that undergoes third-party testing to ensure it’s pure.
Every lot of NutraSea omega-3 fish-oil products are tested with the third-party Pure Check program to make sure their quality and purity levels meet or exceed industry standards. NutraSea’s supplements are sent to independent laboratories for third-party verification. All results of this testing are posted on the Pure Check website for customers to see. At Nature’s Way, your health is of the utmost importance to us, and we believe in transparency so you can be assured you are getting what you are paying for.
If you care about taking a natural approach to improving and maintaining your health, you may also be mindful of the environmental impact of your choices.
More than ever, omega-3 rich species, such as tuna and krill, are threatened by overfishing. To reduce your own environmental footprint while also helping to ensure the health of the ocean’s populations, look for an omega-3 fish oil derived from sustainable sources including anchovy, sardine, mackerel, and wild squid, as well as vegetarian sources such as algae.
The oils used in NutraSea are sourced exclusively from fish species found in from well-managed and sustainable fisheries. Because sustainability is a core belief at Nature’s Way, we have taken an active role in working directly with scientists and environmental groups to promote and encourage sustainable fisheries management. That is why NutraSea actively supports sustainability initiatives like Friends of the Sea, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and 1% of the Planet.
- Neubronner, J., et al., Enhanced increase of omega-3 index in response to long-term n-3 fatty acid supplementation from triacylglycerides versus ethyl esters. Eur J Clin Nutr, 2011. 65(2): p. 247-54.
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