Omega-3 fatty acids from fish have received some positive media attention recently. A prescription drug version of omega-3 EPA called Vascepa was shown to decrease triglyceride levels by 33%. Another study reported in the journal Translational Psychiatry found that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids was as effective as drug therapy for some children with ADHD.
There are a myriad of choices when it comes to omega-3 fatty acid supplements, and most consumers are confused about potential benefits and quality standards. I’ve always been of the opinion that a phospholipid bound, vectorized fish oil supplement offers the widest range of benefits. There are many sources of fish oil, some better than others. If you’re getting omega-3s from food, the best sources are fatty, cold-water fish, like salmon. Surprisingly, other types of fish such as tilapia do not have the amount of omega-3s contained in salmon. Supplementation of omega-3s can be complicated. Fish oil, recommended at dosages of many tablespoons or capsules per day, has become a common sight on grocery store shelves. With fish oil, there are a lot of variables, not the least of which is the quality of the oil itself and how well it is actually absorbed and used by the body. Krill oil, a relatively new kid on the block as far as supplements go, promises convenience (one capsule per day) and phospholipids (an added plus), but is heavily processed and not sustainable. This is why I recommend the phospholipid-bound form from salmon. It is simply and naturally extracted and provides the added benefits of phospholipids and peptides. It also contains DHA, the preferred fatty acid for cognitive development, making it the perfect choice for children and expecting mothers alike. For most health maintenance, you can do great with just one per day.
Phospholipids: More Than an Omega-3 Absorption Booster
Phospholipids are great at helping your body absorb and use omega-3s from fish. But they are also very helpful in their own right. A scientific study in the journal Neuroscience found that chronic, unpredictable stress can affect levels of phospholipids in the brain. But phospholipid-bound omega-3s help you keep your levels where they should be. Phospholipids have many benefits in the body:
· They protect the mitochondria—the “engine” of your cells from oxidative damage, and help your hearing and vision stay healthy and sharp.
· They help build the myelin sheath that surrounds your nerve cells, keeping those signals firing properly.
· They help keep your brain healthy and your mood positive.
What are Peptides? A Bonus for Your Brain!
Peptides are short chains of amino acids normally formed during digestion. The same gentle process that creates the phospholipid-bound omega-3s also provides these beneficial chains of amino acids. Peptides protect delicate blood vessels in the brain by fighting oxidative damage. They are not found in fish oil or krill oil. A scientific study of the supplemental form I recommend found that these peptides significantly reduce anxiety (in an animal model) in 14 days. The researchers discovered that it inhibited oxidative damage of neurons (the nerve cells that carry signals in the brain) by 21 percent.
Individuals Who Are Especially Challenged By Using Fish Oil
· People with diabetes: Fish oil consumption, because of its high triglyceride content and high caloric value, has been shown to sometimes have an adverse effect on blood sugar levels.
· Individuals who have had gastric bypass or intestinal re-routing/removal: Because of impaired nutrient absorption, the enhanced delivery of omega-3s bound to phospholipids could make a difference while fish oil may not.
· Anyone with gluten sensitivity or intestinal inflammation: Whether from IBS, IBD, Crohn’s disease, or any other cause of inflammation damages the villi, which can reduce nutrient absorption. Phospholipid-bound omega-3s are more easily absorbed.
· Individuals who have had their gall bladder removed: Because of a reduced ability to digest fats found in oils, they may better tolerate a phospholipid delivery system.
Do you eat cold-water fish at least 3 times per week? Many people don’t, so you’re not alone. If you have any doubts at all that you’re not getting the omega-3s you need through your diet, you need to change that right away. Effective, clean, and convenient supplementation is the answer. It’s simple, it works, and you’re sure to stick with it. The fact that you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals is a healthy bonus. Enjoy a vibrant life and start protecting your brain and heart with the omega-3s, phospholipids, and peptides in this concentrated form from salmon. You only need one per day to start making a difference.