Fish oil or omega 3s: A MUST watch video before you buy!

Fish oil or omega 3s: A MUST watch video before you buy!


This is Neily on Nutrition. I’m here with Charlotte Collins, my intern
from the University of Alabama, explaining to her about omega-3s. Somebody in your family takes (omega-3) supplements? My aunt. Her doctor recommended she take them. Do you know anything about what she takes
or how much she takes? I think I remember her mentioning that her
doctor recommended she take 1000 mg. And that’s usually the recommendation they
give. But what the doctor might mean to say is that
they need to take 1000 mg of “EPA” and “DHA”. Those are the specific omega-3 fatty acids
in the fish that have been shown to be of heart health benefit, brain health benefit,
help with our immune function, inflammation. But you don’t often hear that. And looking at some products… She might look at this bottle and see it contains
1000 mg of fish oil but you told me to specifically look for EPA and DHA. I go down and see that in 3 pills there are
750 gm of EPA and DHA. That’s short of the 1000mg so she will need
to take 4 soft gels. Exactly. So what about another product she may look
at? If she kept looking…this product here contains
1290 mg of fish oil which is more than the amount her doctor recommended. Which is fine. So, she might actually choose this one over
that one. Then, she will look for the EPA and the DHA
on the back. But this supplement does not differentiate
between how many total milligrams of fish oil there are and how much actually are the
EPA and DHA. So, this is probably not her best choice. Correct. If I were buying for myself, I would probably
put that one back on the shelf because I would like to know specifically how much of those
omega-3s are DHA and EPA. If she kept browsing, here is another one. The serving size is two soft gels. And if I go down, I see EPA and DHA is 1200
mg; this seems like a great one. Yes. Two soft gels to get over 1000 mg versus 4
in the other one. It’s not that it’s a bad one, but you
need to take twice as much every day to get the requirement. Sometimes it’s worth it to look for those
that are more concentrated. And specifically looking at the EPA and the
DHA. That makes sense. And if she wanted to get omega-3s and not
from fish oil alone, how else will she be able to get them? We can also get omega-3s from plant sources. If she is eating a lot of fish, especially
the fatty fish like salmon, then she can cut back on the supplements. Salmon is one of my favorite sources. Our plant sources such as flax seeds and walnuts
are omega-3s but they are different omega-3s. The fish omega-3s are the EPA and the DHA
and the plant omega-3s are ALA. Different acronyms. Not that they are bad because they are good. However, to convert to EPA and DHA, the process
is not very efficient at all. So, you get very little of the EPA and DHA. It’s good for us but not as good as directly
from the EPA and the DHA. A lot of published studies on this and most
of them on the EPA and DHA—it’s really best to get them from the fish.Love the plant
sources of omega-3s but for the heart health and the brain health, the inflammation benefits,
the fish oil is better. Eat the fish! So, bottom line, EPA and DHA—look for those
on the labels. There it is. Some information for you to take back to your
classmates! Thanks for watching Neily on Nutrition and
we’ll see you in the next video.

7 thoughts on “Fish oil or omega 3s: A MUST watch video before you buy!

  1. Well thank you so much for your comment. I will take it as a compliment, Charlotte is a beautiful young woman. Glad you liked the info.

  2. A few questions:
    1) My bottle contains Fish, Flax, and Borage oils. 1200 mg per pill. 400 mg spread across each oils. Now if the label says 30-33% are EPA and 20-22% DHA. That means I'm only getting roughly 200 mg per pill on this omega 3 oil right?
    2) can you explain to me the borage oil?

  3. Thanks for your question. First of all, borage oil is from a plant so it's going to give you the same type of omega 3s that flax & other plant sources will – not the EPA and DHA you want. Nothing wrong w/ plant sources, they just don't give the health benefits of fish. To answer your first question, I believe you are correct…however it's hard to say for sure w/o actually seeing the label. If the label (on the back) says 30% EPA etc, then yes, you're hardly getting any EPA/DHA. Hope that helps

  4. what Omega 3 should I buy it's not easy because they all say different. Please help me which one to buy with a reasonable price? Thank You!

  5. Thank you. Will now have a better understanding of what to look for when buying fish oils. I only looked at the nutritional labels enough to see how much I was getting overall per dose, who knew

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