Taking up space in the pantry or over-looked?
Fish oils (EPA/DHA)
What are we looking at?
“Fish oils” seems to be more commonly thrown around when talking about general health and wellness supplements; leaving itself spoken about plenty but still under appreciated and over looked. What is a fish oil? This term is used when referring to Omega-3 fatty acids; in which there are two kind; Eicosapentaenoic aicd (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Found primarily in fish (duh) as well some other animal products but generally in lower doses. These oils can benefit our bodies in more ways than one but more often than not their consumption is lacking to say the least.
Why use supplements to boost it?
As mentioned above Omega 3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA tend to be lacking in the general populations dietary consumption, while Omega 6 tends to be consumed more generously due to a westernised diet. This results in a imbalance between the Omega 3 and 6 in your body; in which an ideal ratio of 3:6 is usually more along the lines of 1:1. This ration might not seem alarming but proper regulation of these fatty acids and promoting a healthy balance and aid with so many physiological processes. Fish oils when working effectively primarily assist Eicosanoids, which are signalling molecules. These Eicosanoids meet a widely diverse list of functions including; absorption, regulation especially during pregnancy, mounting and inhibiting inflammation, fevers, allergies and other immune responses, aiding with the perception of pain, regulation of cell development/growth and regional blood flow and blood pressure control! That’s crazy!
What can you expect from its use?
Through promoting a positive ration between Omega 3 and Omega 6 in the body, you can expect to see the following:
• Blood pressure regulation improvement
• Improved regional blood flow (raynauds in hands and feet)
• Better response to illness and immune support
• Improved response to an inflammation
• Benefits to cell health
• Potential decrease the risk of diabetes
• Reduced risk of plaque build up
• Increase in brain activity
• Improved joint health
Fish oil products vary brand to brand in concentration, but it is suggested to consume 1g per day (average adult) as a minimum. This can be increased to aid with omega 6 imbalances or if partaking in high levels of daily exercise or if a larger amount of red meat, eggs and so forth is consumed. For general health additional supplementation of 250-500mg of combined EPA and DHA is suggested to aid with fatty acid balances. Ideally a mix of good food and supplements will aid in balancing Omega 3 and 6 ratios in the body.
Where to purchase:
At CrossFit Caloundra we stock Bioceuticals ‘UltraClean 85’. We have chosen this product for a number of reasons:
1. It provides the highest concentrated dose of omega-3 essential fatty acids (at 85%) on the Australian market.
2. Exceptionally high indicators of freshness, quality and purity: low odour, low peroxide, low p-anisidine and low total oxidation (TOTOX) values.
3. Wild caught and sustainably sourced Alaska pollock from Alaskan waters.
4. First fish oil on the market to qualify for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) logo.
You can get 120 capsules for just $55. We can post to anywhere in Australia.
Here’s a guide for dosage using UltraClean 85:
Adults: Take 1 capsule daily to help maintain mental and cognitive function, and nutritional support for the cardiovascular system.
Adults: Take 2 capsules daily for maintenance of healthy mood and triglyceride levels.
Adults: Take 4 capsules daily for temporary relief of joint inflammation and swelling and support with normal blood pressure in healthy individuals.
A slight stimulatory effect can be felt due to an increase in brain activity after supplementation, this is known as a nootropic. Fish oil consumption is likely to more beneficial with duration rather than immediate effects being felt.