I was enraged after reading about this. Most of the fish oil supplements out there just do not contain the right ingredients in the right proportion, just to save the manufacturing company some money. Most people buy fish oil having no idea about this, and then are left with an ineffective supplement that doesnât do much for their health.
Letâs find out now what are the most common mistakes people make when they buy fish oil:
They do not check where the fish has been caught from, to make the fish oil
Letâs face it, heavy industrialization has polluted almost every part of land as well as sea around us. The fish present in such polluted waters cannot escape from being contaminated themselves. A good supplement will contain oil extracted from clean waters only. I admit this is difficult, but not impossible. There are still some clean, pure stretches of sea in the world, and a few companies are responsible enough to source their fish from these areas only.
They do not check if the fish used for making the oil is naturally rich in DHA or not
DHA fatty acid is the most important component of fish oil. It is, in fact, responsible for most of the health benefits that fish oil provides us. Fact is, only a few species of fish are naturally rich in DHA Omega 3, most of them contain EPA only. So when you buy fish oil, make sure it is sourced from DHA-rich fish only.
They buy a supplement containing more EPA than DHA
EPA is the secondary Omega 3 fatty acid in fish oil. DHA is much more effective and necessary for good health than EPA. The problem is, it is much easier and less expensive for the companies to process EPA than DHA. That is why you will find many EPA-centric fish oil supplements.
Now, the body can easily convert DHA into EPA by a simple process. But the reverse is not true. If your body needs more DHA, the only way to get it is by taking fish oil. This is another reason to buy fish oil supplements containing the bulk in DHA instead of EPA.
So there you have it. Make sure you do not make these mistakes when you buy fish oil, and you can then rest easy and let the fish oil work its magic on you!