Fish oil is a mixture of fatty acids, two of which that provide substantial benefits to the body: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
These fatty acids are known as “omega-3” fatty acids, and are considered “essential” fatty acids, meaning they can’t be synthesized by the body–they must be obtained from the diet.
The two most popular types of omega-3 fatty acid supplements are fish oil and oil from the seeds of plants like flax, hemp, canola, and others, which contain a substance known as alpha-linoleic acid.
Research has shown that fish oil is a superior source of omega-3s,due to the body’s inefficient conversion of alpha-linoleic acid into EPA and DHA.
Research has shown that supplementation with fish oil can…
Improve glucose uptake and insulin sensitivity in people with impaired insulin response and metabolism, and preserve it in the metabolically healthy.
Help prevent weight gain.
And in case you’ve heard rumors that fish oil supplements contain dangerous levels of lead, mercury, PCBs, or other contaminants, research has proven these claims to be untrue.
Simply put, fish oil is an incredibly effective supplement for maintaining optimal health and performance, both in and out of the gym.
Nordic Naturals is one of the most respected brands of fish oil on the market, and is all I take.
I like this specific product because it’s a “double strength” EPA/DHA formula, with 650mg of EPA and 450 mg of DHA in each serving.
Most other fish oils contain half of that per serving, requiring that you take more pills each day.
Research indicates that a combined intake of 500 milligrams to 1.8 grams of EPA and DHA per day is adequate for a person eating a normal, 2,000-calorie diet.
These findings are in line with the clinically effective dosages used in many of the studies proving the effectiveness of fish oil supplementation.