Fish Oil: Who Needs It?




Want an easy way to reduce inflammation?

It may be time to add a high-quality, great-tasting fish oil supplement into your diet.

why is a fish oil supplement important?

Inflammation is a huge problem, driving many of us into states of chronic disease.

This is due to our current lifestyles, our diets, our movement patterns and even our thought patterns.

Basically, we’re not living By Design. We’re not living congruently with what our genes expect for creating health in the body.

Our current North American diets are high in inflammatory Omega-6 fats. Our Omega 3-to-6 ratio should be 1:1.

With our current diets and lifestyles, we are finding that for many people, this ratio is way off.

Instead of 1:1, their Omega 3-to-6 ratio is more like 1:40 or even as high as 1:100. An excess of Omega-6 fat drives inflammation in our bodies, further leading to chronic disease and discomfort.

Unhealthy “food” sources are riddled with Omega-6 fats, including

  • vegetable oil
  • margarine, and
  • other heavily processed oil products.

Nearly all packaged foods and most restaurant meals are among the guilty culprits.

In order to combat this attack of Omega-6 fats, we need to eat less processed food and increase our intake of high-quality Omega-3 fats.

One of the easiest ways to reduce inflammation in your body is to meet one of your fundamental requirements, maintaining a stable 1:1 Omega 3-to-6 ratio.

Simply add high-quality fish oil to your diet and you’re one step closer to meeting your daily fat requirements for a healthier you!

Fish oil and arthritis

Taking an adequate dose of fish oil has been shown to be helpful in pain relief for both inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid) and over-use arthritis.

This can help people replace medications such as Naproxen, which cause liver damage over time.

Several studies show that fish oil helps reduce joint pain, swelling and morning stiffness associated with arthritis.

As well as avoiding medication usage you will also get all the other health benefits associated with fish oil.

Common Questions about fish oil

Some of the most common questions and concerns we get when it comes to fish oil are:

  • Can I get all the Omega-3 fats I need from my diet?
  • Can I just eat fish?
  • Should my kids take a fish oil supplement?
  • I don’t like the fishy aftertaste of a supplement.
  • How much do I need to take?

Let’s break down each question and concern…

Can I get all the fats I need from my diet?

Getting healthy fats into our North American diets has been a challenge for the past few decades with everything trending towards low or no fat.

Why is this?

This all goes back to a research study done by Ancel Keys in 1958, The Seven Countries Study.

Although this research was ridiculed at the time, by the 1980’s it had taken a foothold in the consciousness of the people promoting a “heart-healthy” low-fat diet.

When the data was actually analyzed, a small association between high animal fat diets and heart disease was found (in wealthy countries that could afford high-fat diets)…

BUT…

Looking at the same data, it also showed that a diet high in animal fat was protective against dying from ANY other illness (mental or physical).

We are finally starting to see a trend toward consuming more healthy fats in our diet.

Healthy saturated animal fat, avocado, coconut oil, and full-fat dairy are all great sources of the saturated fat your body needs.

The only problem is… these do not give you the essential Omega-3 fats, EPA and DHA, in adequate amounts.

The best way to get these essential fats (essential means needed and NOT produced by your own body), is to consume a high-quality fish oil, daily.


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Can I just eat fish in my diet?

Eating fish is great. It is after all, the source of the essential fats we’re looking for.

The problem is, to get an adequate amount of Omega-3 fats, you’d have to eat A LOT of fish, every day.

Unless you’re Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, consuming several pounds of fish daily (821 pounds per year), then you’re probably not getting enough.

Recent studies do suggest that we absorb EPA and DHA from whole food sources more readily… but again, you have to eat a lot of fish.

If you eat farmed fish, which makes up the majority of grocery store fish these days, it will have less nutrition and EPA/DHA ratios because they are not growing up in their own By Design environments.

The other concern with eating enough fish to fulfill your Omega-3 requirement is mercury accumulation.

The larger the fish, the more mercury it generally absorbs through its tissues. This is then transferred to your tissues upon consumption.

Fish oil is obtained from small fish living in cold Arctic oceans. These fish have the highest and most optimal DHA/EPA ratios.

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Should my kids take a fish oil supplement?

Kids have the same fundamental nutritional requirements as adults, only in different proportions.

Essential fats play an important role in growth and development, as they are required for proper brain and nerve system development (this is the master control system of the body).

If any member of your family is falling short of achieving the optimal Omega 3-to-6 ratio of 1:1 through diet, a high-quality fish oil supplement is essential.

A good time to consider fish oil for your little one is when they begin eating solid foods.

I don’t like the fishy aftertaste of a supplement

Fish oil can taste gross and with some brands you may even have fishy burps throughout the day.

Luckily, we carry high-quality fish oil with no fishy aftertaste, guaranteed! A fishy aftertaste in fish oil is often a quality issue… so it’s best to avoid the brands you have found this with.

*Pro-tip: Add fish oil to your morning shake or smoothie. You’ll get all the same benefits without worrying about the taste.

How much do I need to take?

In order to get the optimized amount for your day:

  • The adult recommendation is 2-4 total grams of EPA/DHA per day.
  • The child recommendation is 1-2 total grams of EPA/DHA per day.

Benefits of high-quality fish oil over big box brands

Are you wondering why we offer higher quality over the big box brands you can get just about anywhere?

The fish oil’s we use are simply the best.

  • They have the exact proportions of EPA/DHA that your body needs,
  • They are processed and purified to the highest standards,
  • They offer the superior triglyceride form; the natural form fats in the fish are found which makes them more absorbable by the body.

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Dr Brian Lanoue is a Life By Design Chiropractor, blogger and speaker on achieving extraordinary health. It is Brian’s passion and mission to empower you, your family and your community to live extraordinary lives. Brian co-owns The Powerhouse Chiropractic in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada with his partner Thea.