Fresh fish is not everyone's cup of tea. Good that there are also preparations in the form of dietary supplements to meet the body's natural need for omega 3.
Omega 3 in dietary supplements!? These questions are crucial
The wonder weapon omega 3 is mostly found in animal products, of which fish oil is probably the most effective carrier. In fact, in addition to regular consumption of fish, omega 3 fatty acids can also be supplied in the form of dietary supplements. Important questions that consumers then ask themselves in advance are these:
- What exactly is fish oil?
- What types of fish oil/Omega 3 supplements are available?
- What are the beneficial ingredients contained in fish oil?
- What effect can fish oil have and when is it appropriate to use it?
A consumer-friendly overview of common fish oil supplements is provided by Vergleich.org. Documented in the clear comparison table is not only the active ingredient, but also whether the contained active ingredients DHA and EPA in the omega-3 capsules can cover the daily requirement.
Fish oil. What is it exactly?
Fish oil is - as the name suggests - obtained from fish. Fish with a very high fat content, such as salmon, mackerel or herring, are used to obtain fish oil.
Fish, which mostly feed on algae and plankton, thus form the basis for the so popular elixir in the form of oil. Fish oil is obtained by drying and then pressing the fish. A daily maximum of 1.5 grams is the average for healthy consumers, but should be discussed in advance with a doctor or pharmacist.
How can fish oil be taken?
For all fish lovers there is now good news: fish meals can and should still be feasted on - whether salmon steak, rollmops or herring. In this way, omega-3 can be supplied to the body in a completely natural way - in the course of a balanced diet. For all those who do not like eating fish very much, there is the possibility of replenishing the omega-3 depot with dietary supplements. Omega-3 capsules, which are easy to dose, are particularly well-known and popular. Depending on the concentration of active ingredients, the daily requirement is one to three capsules. Fish oil is also available as an oil that is dosed drop by drop.
These are the valuable components in fish oil
The best-known omega-3 fatty acids include docosahexaenoic acid (DHA for short) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA for short) as well as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA for short). The best fish oil preparations also contain vitamin E, which has an antioxidant effect and prevents the body from the reaction of the fatty acids in the body having a negative effect (see www.ndr.de). Vegetarians and vegans also have the option of taking omega 3. For this purpose, the omega 3 is obtained from natural sources. For example, walnut, linseed or hemp oil can be the products of choice here to achieve a similar effect and thus bypass the animal fish oil.